With the WNBA playoffs just around the corner, the Connecticut Sun signed Odyssey Sims to a rest of season contract Wednesday.
Sims, a 5-foot-8 guard, joined the team on a seven-day hardship contract on Aug. 3. She’s made a noticeable impact since then, averaging 10 points, 4 assists and 2 steals over the last two games.
“She’s been tremendous on-ball defensively,” Sun head coach and general manager Curt Miller said of Sims after a 97-71 win over the Los Angeles Sparks on Tuesday. “She’s a downhill guard for us and creates opportunities with people having to bring attention to her and she finds people on the outside. For someone who doesn’t know the playbook yet and doesn’t know all our schemes yet, I’m really pleased with how Odyssey is playing.”
Before this stint with the Sun, Sims appeared in two games for the Minnesota Lynx this season before reaching a “mutual separation” with the team.
Drafted second overall out of Baylor University in the 2014 WNBA Draft by the Tulsa Shock, Sims brings veteran experience to Connecticut, which Miller said has been a key factor in her meshing with the team. Sims was named to the WNBA All-Rookie Team in her first season in the league and had played for the Dallas Wings (the Shock franchise relocated and was renamed in 2015), the Los Angeles Sparks (2017-18) and the Atlanta Dream (2021) since then, in addition to a prior stint with Minnesota from 2019-20.
“This is a huge pickup for us,” guard Natisha Hiedeman said Tuesday. “She’s been around the game, she knows the game and she’s adjusting to our playbook, everything right away. She definitely brings great energy to the team ... and with Jaz [Thomas] going out, I think that’s something that we had been missing. So just us putting all the right pieces together right now, it’s a crucial time. And I think that it’s going to be good for us in the playoffs.”
The Sun have already secured at least a three seed in the WNBA playoffs, though they could jump up to a two seed if they win their last two games and the Las Vegas Aces lose both of theirs. Connecticut faces the Sparks again at 10:30 p.m. ET. Thursday night.