The Connecticut Sun is a professional basketball team based in Uncasville, Connecticut, playing in the Eastern Conference in the Women's National Basketball Association. The team was founded in Orlando, Florida before the inception of the 1999 season; the team moved to Connecticut prior to the 2003 season. The Sun is owned by the Mohegan Indian Tribe, and was the first WNBA franchise to have the distinction of not being affiliated with an NBA counterpart. Capitalizing on the popularity of women's basketball in the state as a result of the success of the UConn Huskies, the Sun also held the distinction of being the only WNBA franchise not to share its market with an NBA team from 2003 until the Seattle SuperSonics relocated, leaving the Storm as an independent team in Seattle. Currently, the Sun is the only WNBA franchise to finish each season with fewer than 20 losses. The Sun is considered by many to be the most successful franchise in the WNBA yet to have won a championship.
The Sun has qualified for the WNBA Playoffs in eight of its eleven years in Connecticut. The Sun has featured such notable players as the late 7-foot-2 Margo Dydek, Indiana native Katie Douglas, veteran sharpshooter Kara Lawson, University of Connecticut icons Asjha Jones and Nykesha Sales, 2008 MVP runner-up point guard Lindsay Whalen and 2012 MVP recipient Tina Charles. In 2004 and 2005, the Sun went to the WNBA Finals but fell short to Seattle and Sacramento, respectively.