Connecticut Sun teammates Bone and Bentley share All-Star experience in front of home crowd

UNCASVILLE, Conn. – With injuries to Chiney Ogwumike and Alison Hightower plus retirement from Katie Douglas, it did not take the most cynical of fans to think the Connecticut Sun might not have a representative in the WNBA All-Star game held on their home court at Mohegan Sun Arena.

However, guard Alex Bentley and center Kelsey Bone have taken the opportunities presented by the roster changes and are running with them, both having career best seasons and rightfully earning their spots on the court with the other 2015 WNBA All-Stars this afternoon.

“When you talk about teaming up with some of the best players in the East and having an opportunity to compete together as opposed to trying to kill each other and win basketball games, its fun,” Bone said.

She is in her second season with the Sun, having come to the team via a trade with the New York Liberty for four-time All-Star Tina Charles. Bone’s 14.9 points per game and 6.6 rebounds per contest helped the Sun get off to a fast start, though the team has struggled lately.

Bentley, also came to the Sun last year via trade, a three-way deal with Atlanta and Washington after being an All-rookie team selection in 2013. Being selected an All-Star is the realization of a dream for her.

“I’ve wanted to play in the WNBA since I was a little girl and these are the times that I’ve dreamt about growing up,” she described to the media.”

Both are looking forward to playing in front of their home Sun fans, and also playing together in the game.”

“Being able to play in front of the home crowd with my teammate, my third year, in the league,” Bone smiled. “It means a lot to be here. It’s exciting. It’s a fun weekend and I’m just happy to be a part of it.”

Bentley also said, however, she is anxious to get back to the regular season. After a losing streak the Sun upset Minnesota to enter the break on a high.

“I’m looking to get us back to where we were in the beginning of the season,” she said about their 7-1 start to the season. “Looking to get back to that and our Connecticut Sun defense.”

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