Uncasville, CT (January 3, 2022) – Today, the Connecticut Sun announced that Natisha Hiedeman has signed the qualifying offer extended by Head Coach and General Manager, Curt Miller.
Per team policy, no details were released.
“We are excited about the re-signing of Natisha Hiedeman,” said Miller. “Natisha is coming off a career year and has been an important offensive spark plug for us off the bench. She can facilitate and score, but her value extends beyond the court as she is an excellent teammate. Her future with the Sun is bright.”
Hiedeman, who was selected 18th overall in the 2019 WNBA draft, has been the Sun’s spark off the bench for the last three seasons, returns for her fourth season in the WNBA. Contributing her high-octane offense and relief at the point guard position, she appeared in all 32 regular season games for the Connecticut Sun, starting in five of them. In the 2021 season, Hiedeman averaged a career-high 7.6 points per game, tied her career-high in assists averaging 1.9 per game, and achieved a career-high in minutes at 20.1 per game.
Coming off her best season yet, Hiedeman finished the season with 242 points, 58 rebounds, 60 assists, 27 steals and 51 three-pointers in 644 minutes, scoring in double-figures 10 times this season. In Connecticut’s game against the Indiana Fever on May 19, 2021, the 5-8 guard scored a career-high 19 points on eight made field goals (also a career-high). In the same game, she achieved a season-high six assists. In addition to career-highs in points and field goals made, Hiedeman attained personal bests in total rebounds (8), defensive rebounds (7), steals (4), and minutes (37).
Hiedeman’s impact off the bench cannot be understated. For players coming off the bench during the 2021 season, she was third in the league in made three-pointers (39), fourth in three-point percentage for players who took at least 50 three-pointers (39.8%), fifth in minutes (476), sixth in total points (185), seventh in made field goals (59), and ninth in assists (48) and steals (19).
Building off the momentum of the regular season, Hiedeman posted career-highs in points per game (9.0), rebounds per game (0.8), assists per game (3.0), steals per game (0.8), blocks per game (0.5), and minutes per game (18.0) during the postseason.
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