Jones has huge 20-20 game in South Korea
What a debut it was for Bahamian Jonquel Jones in the Women’s Korean Basketball League (WKBL) this past weekend.
Jones had a huge double-double, scoring 22 points and pulling down 20 rebounds, both game-highs, in a 70-62 win for the defending champions Woori Bank Wibee over the Samsung Blue Minx.
Jones started at center for the Wibee and was dominant in just 26 minutes of play. She added two blocks and an assist, and shot the ball well as she finished 9-for-15 from the floor. Hye-Jin Park, of South Korea, added 15 points and six rebounds for the Wibee, and American Monique Currie came off the bench to score 13.
Hye-Yoon Bae, of South Korea, paced the Blue Minx with 19 points, four rebounds and three assists. Jones’ American teammate with the Connecticut Sun Alyssa Thomas had 16 points and 11 rebounds for the Blue Minx. Ah-Ra Go, of South Korea, added 14 points and five boards for the Blue Minx.
Behind Jones’ monster night on the boards, the Wibee out-rebounded the Blue Minx in the game, 40-27. They dominated early, taking a 44-29 lead at the break, but the Blue Minx came storming all the way in the second half. They pulled to within two points, 52-50, at the end of three quarters. The Wibee outscored them, 18-12, in the fourth to take the opening game of the new season.
Jones and the Wibee will play the Cheongju KB Stars in Cheongju, North Chungcheong Province in South Korea, in their next game on Wednesday, before returning to Asan in the South Chungcheong Province, to host the Shinhan S-Birds next Sunday.
She ended her rookie season with the Sun of the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) on a strong note, finishing with a career high 21 points and adding seven rebounds in a 87-78 win over the Washington Mystics in their season finale.
The 22-year-old 6-foot-6 post player averaged 6.8 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.1 blocks for the Sun this past season in the WNBA. She had two double-doubles on the season – a 20 and 10 effort against the Chicago Sky on July 22, and a 14 and 11 showing against the Minnesota Lynx on September 4.
Jones was the number six overall selection of the Los Angeles Sparks in this year’s WNBA Draft, and was traded to the Sun on draft night. In the WKBL Draft for import players in July, she was taken fifth overall by the eight-time champions Wibee.