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Natisha Hiedeman’s rise highlights Connecticut Sun’s depth


Natisha Hiedeman is on a tear.

The Connecticut guard has recorded back-to-back career-high games, helping the Sun to a 3-0 record to start the season.

In the team’s 88-67 victory over the Fever on Wednesday night, Hiedeman racked up 19 points, six assists and three rebounds. With Hiedeman putting up those types of numbers alongside Jonquel Jones, who recorded a double-double against the Fever, and DeWanna Bonner, who put up 13 points Wednesday night, Connecticut looks unstoppable so far.

Hiedeman’s WNBA journey up until this point has been somewhat tumultuous. Initially drafted by the Lynx in 2019, Hiedeman was traded and waived by a couple of teams, including the Sun, before re-signing with Connecticut in July 2019.

Through three games this season, Hiedeman has more than doubled her points (15.0), rebounds (4.3) and steals (2.7) per game and has improved dramatically in nearly every other statistical category.

Hiedeman’s performance highlights the depth of the Sun’s roster even without Alyssa Thomas, who’s sidelined this season with an Achilles injury. Connecticut, No. 2 in JWS’ power rankings this week, is making an early case as one of the WNBA’s best teams behind Hiedeman, Bonner, Jones and Brionna Jones.