Here’s what you need to know

Here’s what you need to know

As the WNBA season begins Friday, the UConn women’s basketball program will be well-represented throughout the league.

There could be as many as 20 former UConn players participating in the 2022 season, whether playing on a roster or working behind the scenes on team staff.

From longtime veterans and first-time WNBA champions to rookies and surprising roster cuts, here’s a team-by-team breakdown of where former Huskies stood as the WNBA season starts:

Atlanta Dream

Last season: 8-24

2022 opener: Saturday at Dallas

Roster: Guard Tiffany Hayes (remains overseas as Wednesday) and forward Megan Walker

Hayes begins her 10th season in Atlanta while Walker will join her third new team in as many seasons. After being selected No. 9 overall as a junior in the 2020 draft by New York, Walker played 18 games for New York during her rookie season. Last year, she played 29 in Phoenix while starting seven and averaging 4.5 points and 1.3 rebounds in 14.7 minutes per game. Atlanta picked up Walker through waivers during the offseason.

Team Staff: Renee Montgomery (part-owner and vice president)

After 11 years playing in the league (including two WNBA titles), Montgomery retired in 2021. She continues to be an analyst for the league and ESPN while also managing co-owner and vice president responsibilities for the Dream.

Dallas Wings

Last season: 14-18

2022 opener: Saturday against Atlanta

Roster: Guard Moriah Jefferson

This summer will be Jefferson’s fourth year in Dallas but third active season after sitting out 2019 with an injury. She averaged 5.4 points, 2.5 assists and 2.0 rebounds in 28 starts last year.

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