Jonquel “JJ” Jones came up big for her Connecticut Sun in a 72-67 loss to the Dallas Wings with a double-double on Tuesday night at the Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, Connecticut.
The Grand Bahamian poured in 10 points and pulled down 14 rebounds in her second preseason game. She grabbed 10 defensive rebounds and four offensive rebounds.
She did not have a great shooting night going 4-of-14 from the field and 0-of-5 from three-point territory.
The former George Washington University player played a total of 19 minutes like she did on Monday night in the win against the New York Liberty.
The Sun jumped out to a quick 21-14 first quarter lead. The Wings tied the game up at 31-31 with 4:09 remaining in the second quarter.
The Wings took a 33-32 lead with three minutes left in the second quarter. At the whistle for the end of the first half, the Wings went up 44-35. The quarter marked a 30-14 scoring advantage for the Wings.
That second quarter advantage was enough for the Wings as they held on for the victory.
The Sun shot 31.7 percent from the field to go 26-for-82. The Wings took less shots going 22-of-63 to shoot 34.9 percent.
The preseason games are used to shake off any rust that teams have since the end of last season. Teams tend to shoot more and coaches experiment with different lineups as the regular season draws near.
For Jones, she was not available for the preseason last year as she was dealing with some personal issues but was able to catch up with her team at the beginning of the season.
In the win against Liberty on Monday night, Jones was superb offensively. In the 19 minutes that she played, she scored a game-high 19 points.
The former number six WNBA draft pick went 7-for-13 from the field to shoot 53.8 percent. Unlike the game against the Wings, Jones was very efficient from the field as she was 4-of-8 from three-point territory. Besides Jones, the Sun had three other players scoring in double-digits.
They cruised past the Liberty 100-66. Both teams had 11 three-pointers but the Sun outrebounded their opponents 38-25.
If this is a sign of things to come for Jones this season, she will definitely be a force to reckon with in the league.
The 6’ 6” forward was named the 2018 WNBA Sixth Woman of the Year. That season she averaged 11.8 points, 5.5 rebound, 1.7 assists and 1.24 blocks per game.
The season before that, Jones set WNBA records for total rebounds when she grabbed 403 rebounds, averaged 11.9 rebounds per game and pulled in 280 defensive rebounds.
Jones and her Sun have one more preseason game on Sunday, May 19, against the Liberty. This time they will head to Times union Center in Albany, New York.
The Sun will look to end the preseason with a 2-1 win/loss record.
Their first regular season game is scheduled for Saturday, May 25 when they play host against the Washington Mystics.
Education: College of the Bahamas, BA Media Journalism