Local roundup: Sun sign forward Mompremier to qualifying offer
Mohegan — The Connecticut Sun announced Monday that Beatrice Mompremier has accepted and signed a qualifying offer and will return to the WNBA franchise in 2021.
"Beatrice was a fantastic addition and showed impactful moments throughout her rookie season," general manager and head coach Curt Miller said in a release. "She immediately helped us with rim protection and rebounding at both ends of the court. She has a bright future, and we are excited to watch her growth in 2021."
The 6-foot-4 forward, who played at Miami, was the No. 20 overall pick in the 2020 WNBA Draft by the Los Angeles Sparks. She was later waived and signed with the Sun and was a solid contributor off the bench, averaging 2.3 points and 3.3 rebounds in just 8.9 minutes per game. She had a career high 16 rebounds during a game against the Las Vegas Aces on Sept. 3 when she also blocked four shots.
• UConn's Tyler Polley was named Big East Conference Player of the Week in men's basketball. The senior came off the bench to average 21.0 points in two UConn wins, including a career high 23 points — all in the second half — during a 65-54 win over Marquette. He also made 10 of 14 3-pointers in the games (71.4 percent).
• UConn's Paige Bueckers was named Big East Freshman of the Week in women's basketball for the fourth time in five weeks. Bueckers had 23 points, five assists and three assists during an 87-50 win over Providence, converting 8 of 10 field goals, while adding four rebounds and two blocked shots.
• UConn's Aubrey Griffin was named to the Big East weekly honor roll in women's basketball. The sophomore forward came off the bench to score 18 points and grab nine rebounds in 25 minutes during the Huskies' win over Providence while adding three blocks and two steals.
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