Sunday, July 23, 2006

Brungo Is Back

To Chris Sienko’s credit, he isn’t shy about seeking change and making even the slighted of alterations.
Yesterday, I blogged about the lack of movement among WNBA teams during this season’s trade deadline. Having spoken with Sienko, GM of the Sun, during the buildup to last Thursday’s deadline, he was quick to point out how talks with teams may have slowed, but that didn’t mean Connecticut wasn’t eager to do something.
The Sun made their move Sunday, signing Jessica Brungo for the remainder of this season. A second-round pick of Connecticut in 2004, Brungo, who played her college ball for Penn State, was a member of the Sun the past two seasons before being waived this spring in training camp. Her acquisition comes on the heels of rookie forward Brooke Queenan signing a second seven-day contract in as many weeks late last week.
Although not expected to become a 20-minute-a-night player, Brungo should bolster an already deep bench. A 6-foot-1 forward, Brungo shares similarities with Laura Summerton; both are athletic players capable of running the floor and hitting shots from the perimeter.
The Sun’s latest signing brings their roster to 13, the league max. Brungo’s addition could spell the end of Queenan’s run dressing for games. Nykesha Sales is already on the inactive list due to injury and don’t be surprised if Queenan joins her for the foreseeable future. Teams can dress only 11 per game according to league rules.
Despite being away for so long, it’s fair to assume Brungo has a better handle for the Sun’s system than Queenan, who has been a professional player less than two weeks.


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