Stricklen Finds Her Stroke

At the end of most Connecticut Sun practices, there is an extra competition. Sometimes it involves just two players. Sometimes it’s three. Sometimes it’s four. It’s for nothing more than bragging rights.

The competition?

A three-point shooting contest. And one of the regular participants is Sun guard/forward Shekinna Stricklen.

On Wednesday, she moved that competition into the game and showed everyone what those who have witnessed the post-practice contests already know – that Shekinna Stricklen can shoot the three. Making her first start of the season, Stricklen tied a career-high with six made threes on the way to 20 points in the loss at Washington.

“I finally got in a rhythm,” she said. “My teammates were looking for me, finding me in transition, setting good screens for me. I just felt really confident.”

It was the third time Stricklen had made six threes in a game, but the first time while wearing a Sun uniform. She has eight in the last three games for Connecticut and is 9-of-18 overall this season.

In two previous seasons with the Sun, Stricklen had 78 made threes, including a team-best 51 in 2015. With her stroke being where it is now, she’s hoping that it continues along that path.

“It feels great,” she explained. “And it feels even better because my teammates are all excited for me and everyone is so encouraging. So it brings energy and everyone is in a good mood.”