Orlando Miracle

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Orlando Miracle
Conference Eastern
Leagues WNBA
Founded1999
HistoryOrlando Miracle
1999–2002
Connecticut Sun
2003–present
Arena TD Waterhouse Centre
Location Orlando, Florida
Team colorsElectric Blue, White, QuickSilver, Magic Black
    

The Orlando Miracle was a Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) team based in Orlando, Florida. It began play in the 1999 WNBA season. The Miracle relocated, in 2003, to Uncasville, Connecticut, where the team became the Connecticut Sun. The Miracle was a sister team to the NBA's Orlando Magic.

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Franchise history

The city of Orlando was granted an expansion franchise in 1998, and the Orlando Miracle took the floor for the 1999 WNBA season.

The Miracle posted respectable records in their four years of existence (1999–2002). The Miracle made the playoffs once, in 2000, and lost in the first round against the Cleveland Rockers. In 2001, the Miracle took a step backwards, but they hosted a very successful 2001 WNBA All-Star Game. In 2002, the Miracle posted a 16-16 (.500) record, tying for the final playoff spot with the Indiana Fever, but the Miracle lost the tie-breaker, so barely missed the playoffs. The 2002 season would prove to be the Miracle's last in Orlando.

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Miracle alternative logo.

Relocation to Connecticut

After the 2002 WNBA season, the NBA sold off all of the WNBA franchises to the operators of the teams. Magic owner Rich DeVos was not interested in keeping the Miracle, and no local ownership group emerged. In January 2003, the Connecticut-based Mohegan Native American Tribe bought the team.

The new owners moved the team to Uncasville, Connecticut and changed the nickname to the Sun (in reference to the tribe's Mohegan Sun casino.) The Connecticut Sun's new nickname and logo were reminiscent of another Florida-based WNBA franchise, the Miami Sol, which folded at the same time as the Miracle.

Uniforms

Season-by-season records

SeasonTeamConferenceRegular season Playoff Results
WLPCT
Orlando Miracle
1999 1999 East 4th1517.469
2000 2000 East 3rd1616.500Lost Conference Semifinals (Cleveland, 1–2)
2001 2001 East 5th1319.406
2002 2002 East 5th1616.500
Regular season6068.4690 Conference Championships
Playoffs12.3330 WNBA Championships

Players

Final roster

Orlando Miracle roster
PlayersCoaches
Pos.#Nat.NameHeightWeightDOBFrom
F 50 Flag of the United States.svg Cunningham, Davalyn 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)187 lb (85 kg) Rutgers
C 28 Flag of Brazil.svg dos Santos, Cintia 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)187 lb (85 kg) Brazil
G/F 32 Flag of the United States.svg Douglas, Katie 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)165 lb (75 kg) Purdue
F/C 22 Flag of the United States.svg Hicks, Jessie 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)188 lb (85 kg) Maryland
G 31 Flag of the United States.svg Johnson, Adrienne 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)154 lb (70 kg) Ohio State
G 14 Flag of the United States.svg Johnson, Shannon 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)152 lb (69 kg) South Carolina
C 00 Flag of Mozambique.svg Machanguana, Clarisse 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)180 lb (82 kg) Old Dominion
G/F 12 Flag of the United States.svg McCain, Tiffany 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)167 lb (76 kg) Kentucky
F 10 Flag of the United States.svg McGhee, Carla 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)179 lb (81 kg) Tennessee
F/C 11 Flag of the United States.svg McWilliams, Taj  (C)6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)184 lb (83 kg) St. Edward's College
F 3 Flag of the United States.svg Palmer-Daniel, Wendy 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)165 lb (75 kg) Virginia
G/F 42 Flag of the United States.svg Sales, Nykesha  (C)6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)175 lb (79 kg) Connecticut
F 21 Flag of the United States.svg Wyckoff, Brooke 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)183 lb (83 kg) Florida State
Head coach
Assistant coaches




Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (IN) Inactive
  • (S) Suspended
  • Cruz Roja.svg Injured

Former players

Coaches

Head coaches

Orlando Miracle head coaches
NameStartEndSeasonsRegular seasonPlayoffs
WLPCTGWLPCTG
Carolyn Peck July 6, 1998April 3, 200244452.4589612.3333
Dee Brown April 5, 2002End of 2002 11616.5003200.0000

General managers

Assistant coaches

All-time notes

Draft picks

Current WNBA players are in italics.

Trades

All-Stars

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Regular season attendance

Regular Season All-Time Attendance
YearAverage: HomeAverage: AwayHighLowSelloutsTotal for YearWNBA Game Average
19999,801 (6th)10,88915,4427,0280156,81810,207
20007,363 (11th)8,8859,4645,7310117,8109,074
20017,430 (11th)8,56011,9035,3630118,8749,105
20027,115 (13th)9,43313,1114,3230113,8379,228

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References

  1. 2008 Connecticut Sun Media Guide