Connecticut Sun head coach Mike Thibault is very quick to point out that he never signs players with the sole intent to sell tickets or because of their college affiliation but sometimes in life the stars align perfectly and you can do both.
Center Jessica Moore was waived by the Indiana Fever Wednesday and the Connecticut Sun did not waste any time in acquiring the former UConn Husky.
The center position was the truly vulnerable position for the Sun outside of All-Star center Tina Charles. While DeMya Walker and Kelsey Griffin have both spent time at the position it is not their natural position and are more adept at helping Connecticut from the Forward position.
The addition of Moore gives the Sun a big body that can defend and rebound. For her career Moore has averaged 3.2 points, 2.3 rebounds in 15 minutes per game in 6 seasons in the league. Moore had previously spent time on 3 teams in the league including, Charlotte Sting, Los Angeles Sparks, and the aforementioned Indiana Fever.
In order to make room on the 11 players roster, the Sun waived 6'1" forward Kerri Gardin. Gardin had spent 3 previous years in the league averaging 3.8 points, 3.1 rebounds, 1 steal in 14.6 minutes per game. In the 2011 preseason, Gardin only managed to score 4 total points in 3 pre-season games.
The signing of Moore reunites her with former Connecticut Husky teammate Asjha Jones. The 2 were a part of an NCAA Championship team in 2002.
All total the Sun now have 5 former Huskies on their team, each with at least one National Championship to their credit. I'm sure they're hoping that history of success will lead to a WNBA title sooner than later college affiliation aside.