It was a bad hire.
It was a clumsy resignation.
In between, the Connecticut Sun won 38 games, lost 64 and were the only WNBA team during her tenure to miss the playoffs all three seasons.
Other than that, how did you enjoy the slot machines, Mrs. Lincoln?
As a player, 6-foot-8 Anne Donovan, recently inducted into the FIBA Hall of Fame, was one of the best centers ever. As coach of the state's major league women's basketball team, Donovan leaves as 80 inches of failure.
First, as a failure to meet expectations.
And, ultimately, as a failure to sufficiently win the players' confidence to bring what she was trying to build to fruition.