Sun, Jonquel Jones off to a hot start

Connecticut Sun center Jonquel Jones drives to the basket around the defense of Indiana Fever guard Kelsey Mitchell in a WNBA basketball game, Tuesday, May 28, 2019, in Uncasville, Conn. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day via AP)

The Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) is officially in full swing and Holmes’ Rock very own Jonquel Jones is expected to have another stellar season.

The Connecticut Sun are off to a 2-0 start since the regular season officially tipped-off this past weekend. Now in her fourth season as the Sun’s 6’6’’ forward/center, Jones appears to be settling into a nice rhythm in the early goings of the season.

Recently, the Sun picked up their second-straight win with an 88-77 victory over the Indiana Fever this past Tuesday night at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. The 2017 Most Improved Player was an unstoppable force on the offensive end as Jones led the way with 25 points, on 10-for-16 shooting from the field. She also had the touch from the three-point arc, going four-for-seven.

Jones nearly notched her second-straight double-double but finished the game with eight rebounds. She also tallied two blocked shots in her 28 minutes of action.

Point guard Jasmine Thomas added positively to the Sun’s win with 15 points while dishing out seven assists. Shooting guard Courtney Williams filled the stat sheet for the Sun, posting 13 points, six rebounds, four assists, one steal and one block.

Jones scored 14 first-half points to help the Sun build a 40-37 lead at halftime. Connecticut opened the third period on a 19-9 run to take the first double-digit advantage and led 62-52 at the end of the quarter.

Alyssa Thomas grabbed 10 rebounds for Connecticut, which has now won nine-straight home games dating back to last season.

The Sun first established their season with an 84-69 triumph over the Washington Mystic this past Saturday, May 25 at the Mohegan Sun Arena.

Alyssa Thomas scored 23 points to lead the Sun in that victory, while Jones went on to post her first double-double of the season with 10 points and 14 rebounds.

Without their star, Elena Delle Donne the Mystics kept it close until Connecticut went on a 13-2 run in the middle of the third quarter to take control. Jasmine Thomas sparked the game-changing run with a three-pointer to make it 48-45 at the 7:34 mark.

The Sun eventually led 67-53 after three quarters and by double figures throughout the fourth quarter.

The Sun first test of the road takes place this coming Friday, May 31 when they visit the Los Angeles Sparks at Staples Center. That game takes place at 10:30 p.m. and can be seen on ESPN3.

Following that contest the Sun make a short road trip from California into Las Vegas where they will take on the Aces Sunday, June 2 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center.

Jones is coming off a third-year campaign where she averaged 11.8 points per game on 55 percent shooting from the field and 46.7 percent shooting from the three-point arch. The former George Washington Colonial mustered 5.5 rebounds per night along with 1.2 blocks per game.

In 2017 Jones was the only WNBA player ever to corral over 400 rebounds in a single professional season. She finished with 403 total rebounds. However, that record was short lived as the Minnesota Lynx’s Sylvia Fowles eclipsed that record last season (2018) with 404 total rebounds.

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