Sun’s Alyssa Thomas, Stephanie White earn high WNBA honors originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston
The WNBA’s season-long accolades are beginning to roll in, and the Connecticut Sun are well-represented.
Sun forward Alyssa Thomas was a unanimous selection to the Associated Press’ All League First Team on Tuesday, while Sun head coach Stephanie White was named the AP’s Coach of the Year.
Both honors were well-deserved, as Thomas has a legitimate case for the 2023 WNBA MVP award while White guided the Sun to the league’s third-best record (27-13) in her first year as head coach despite losing two-time All-Star Brionna Jones to an early-season injury.
Here’s a look at notable accolades for both Thomas and White:
It’s not an overstatement to say Thomas had one of the best all-around seasons in WNBA history.
The 31-year-old led the league in rebounds per game (9.9), set a WNBA record for the most assists in a single season (316) and ranked third in the league in steals per game (1.3) while tying a career-high with 15.5 points per game.
Her six triple-doubles in 2023 shattered the previous record of most triple-doubles in a season (two), and she now has the most career triple-doubles in league history (eight) by a wide margin.
White earned AP Coach of the Year honors in her first season with the Sun after a previous stint as Vanderbilt’s head coach. She’s just the second former WNBA player to win AP Coach of the Year — joining the Atlanta Dream‘s Tanisha Wright (2022) — and is the second coach in Connecticut history to win the award after Curt Miller won it twice (2017 and 2021).
The Sun‘s work isn’t done yet; the team enters the WNBA playoffs as the No. 3 seed and will be expected to defeat the No. 6 Minnesota Lynx in a three-game series that begins Wednesday night at 8 p.m. ET.
If Connecticut makes another deep run after reaching the WNBA Finals in 2022, expect Thomas and White to play key roles.