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Jones, Sun lose third straight game

Connecticut Sun center Jonquel Jones, right, controls the ball during their game against the Indiana Fever. AP

After having a breakout season a year ago, Bahamian post player with the Connecticut Sun Jonquel Jones has been sporadic this season, and her team has certainly had its share of struggles.

The Sun actually started this season with a 5-0 win/loss record, but now, they have dropped three in a row, and nine of their past 12. The Sun have evened off in the standings at 10-10 after a torrid start, their latest setback coming on a buzzer-beating three point shot from New York Liberty guard Shavonte Zellous on Wednesday. In a rare afternoon affair, the Liberty held off the Sun, 79-76, at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut, courtesy of Zellous’ buzzer-beating shot.

At 10-10, the Sun sit in second place in the Eastern Conference in the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA), and are seventh overall.

Jones started yesterday’s game for the Sun but was shut out for the second time this year, going scoreless on 0-for-5 shooting in 13 minutes of play. She had just five rebounds and two blocks.

Jones had a record-breaking season for the Sun last year, collecting 11.9 rebounds per game to go along with 15.4 points per game. The Sun earned its first playoff berth since 2012, and Jones was named to the All-WNBA second team. She set a single-season record for rebounds with 403 total rebounds, becoming the only player in league history to tally more than 400 rebounds in a season.

Jones also played in her first WNBA All-Star Game and was voted the league’s Most Improved Player.

This season, Jones is averaging 9.0 points per game and just 5.1 rebounds per game. She is yet to have a double-digit rebound game this season after having 23 such games a year ago. Also, this is the first season in her short three-year career that she is shooting less than 50 percent from the floor, albeit just barely – 49.6 percent.

Jones’ drop-off was expected a bit with the return of Chiney Ogwumike to the Sun’s line-up. Ogwumike sat out the entire 2017 season with an achilles tendon injury, and in her absence, Jones flourished.

Now they are playing together and have had their share of up and down performances.

It doesn’t get any easier for the Sun as they will host the Phoenix Mercury on Friday before travelling to play the defending champions, Minnesota Lynx on Sunday.

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