An overhaul to the Connecticut Sun’s roster has the top of the team’s stat sheet looking considerably different than a season ago.
Their spot in the standings, however, hasn’t changed after a franchise-worst 0-3 start to the season.
The Sun will try to put it behind them Friday night when they host the Seattle Storm with each team looking to break into the win column by overcoming their offensive struggles.
Three of Connecticut’s top four scorers were not on the 2013 team that finished 10-24 and landed the No. 1 pick in the WNBA draft. The Sun used that pick on Chiney Ogwumike, who has made an immediate impact with 18.7 points and 7.7 rebounds per game.
Fellow rookie Alyssa Thomas (9.0 points per game) and veteran newcomer Katie Douglas (10.7) have also contributed while Allison Hightower (10.0) has been the leading carryover from 2013.
After a 21-point home loss in their opener against New York last Friday, the Sun (0-3) have seen some improvement against a pair of tough opponents on the road. They lost 90-87 in Minnesota on Sunday and fell 78-68 in Chicago on Wednesday after digging a deep early hole.
Ogwumike scored 18 points against the Sky and has led the Sun in scoring in each game, though the forward said the team’s frontcourt play needs to be more consistent after a 35.3 percent shooting night.
"It just took a while for our inside game to get going," Ogwumike said. "It’s really unfortunate. If we had that going a little earlier, maybe we wouldn’t have gotten in that big of a hole."
The Sun and Storm (0-2) are tied with a league-worst 37.9 percent shooting, which has translated to Seattle’s league-low 66.5 points per game. Connecticut hasn’t been much better at 69.7.
The Storm last lost three straight to start a season in 2003, something they will try to avoid as they continue a five-game road stretch with four games against the Eastern Conference.
"Every time a team goes on the road you usually become closer and tighter just because you’re around each other so much," coach Brian Agler told the team’s official website. "We’ll improve in some areas, there’s no question about it on this trip."
After Saturday’s 81-64 loss in Phoenix, improvement might need to be vast. Camille Little had 14 points and seven rebounds but was the only Storm player to score in double figures as the team shot 33.9 percent and watched the Mercury knock down 55.9 percent.
"I think that to (get out of the hole), you just have to narrow your focus and not worry about what’s going on around you," Agler said. "Just worry about where you have to improve and just try to get better."
Seattle went 2-0 against Connecticut in 2013. Little averaged 16.5 points in those meetings.