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Stunning WNBA cuts: Captain waived, plus others

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Some surprising cuts were made today.

Chris Poss - Swish Appeal

No matter how many years a player has been in the league, each year during training camp they must show up and earn their spot. As fans from the outside we never know how close a player was to making a team, we just find out who did and didn’t.

After a two-year hiatus from the WNBA due to knee injuries, Allison Hightower reappeared on Connecticut’s training camp roster. However, she was waived by the team today. Hightower has five years under her belt, including being an All-Star in 2013. She averaged 6.2 points per game, 1.9 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 19.9 minutes per game during her five years with the Sun.

Earlier this week Jordan Hooper was cut by Dallas – today she was claimed off of waivers by Connecticut.

One of the more shocking cuts today happened to be a face the league had come accustom to seeing: Erin Phillips. After nine seasons in the league, the Dallas Wings waived Phillips from its roster.

Indiana made a couple more transactions today as well. Here at Swish Appeal we first reported rookie Feyonda Fitzgerald was waived and today they confirmed our report, while also announcing Maggie Lucas was cut too. Lucas has been with the Fever all three seasons she has been in the league, however last year her season was cut short after tearing her ACL. Last month the team announced she would miss the 2017 season because her knee still needed more time to rehab.

Out of the Big Apple, the Liberty released Ameryst Alston. Alston played one game for New York last season.

We are only a couple days away from each team having their final roster in.

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