The WNBA schedule is out. With the season starting nearly three weeks later than usual, the Sun open up at home against the Washington Mystics on Saturday, June 6, before traveling to New York to play the Liberty the next day. Connecticut started the season the same way this past summer, with a back-to-back home-and-home that included New York, and 10 of the team's first 16 games will be at home in 2009. Conversely, they close the year with five of seven on the road.
"We will get tested early, and closing the season with five or ouf last seven games on the road is a real challenge," Sun GM Chris Sienko said in a press release.
Eleven of Connecticut's 17 regular-season home games this season will be played on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday, and six of those games feature an afternoon tip-off.
Among the highlights on the home schedule are games against defending Western Conference Champion San Antonio on June 21st, WNBA champion Detroit on July 11th and August 25th, Candace Parker and the Los Angeles Sparks on July 14th, Diana Taurasi and the Phoenix Mercury on July 28th and Sue Bird and the Seattle Storm on August 13th. The games against Los Angeles and Phoenix will be televised nationally by ESPN2.