Throughout the WNBA season, I’ll be highlighting players who’ve made their mark each week, off and on the court. Utilizing the Down Low Database, my collection of player profiles, we’ll learn all about the athletes who often don’t receive enough coverage in major outlets.
a/k/a Swaggy or T-Spoon
Natisha is a 5’7″ point guard who was drafted out of Marquette in 2019. Although she was originally cut from the Connecticut Sun in 2019, she was brought back midseason and has played for the team ever since. T-Spoon is known for her high basketball IQ, scrappy defense, and three-point shooting.
How She Made Her Mark this Week
With Jasmine Thomas not with the team for the start of the season, Natisha Hiedeman was tasked with filling the starting point guard spot for the Sun’s first three games. And she made her presence known, leading the Sun to their 3-0 season start with three career games in a row:
- Game 1: 9 points /Career-high 8 rebounds
- Game 2: Career-high 17 points / 4 steals
- Game 3: New career-high 19 points / 6 assists / 3 steals
(Stats from Across the Timeline)
While she’ll be back to her former role leading the Sun’s iconic bench squad when Thomas comes back on Wednesday, Hiedeman has shown she’s prepared to contribute whenever she steps on the court. As Swaggy put it: “Whenever my number gets called up, I’ll be ready. It’s gonna be a good season.”
Other Things to Know about Swaggy
- Has a pup named Finn, who has his own Instagram account.
- Showed up to Game 2 dressed like a referee.
- Released a single “Rocket” last year, which is in fact a bop.
- Says she gains her confidence on the court because “In my head, I’m 6’7.”
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Photo credit: AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack