Jones, Sun to face the Sparks tonight
Bahamian power forward/center with the Connecticut Sun Jonquel “JJ” Jones has started off her 2019 season on fire, and the team has won both of its games. They will look to continue that hot streak when they face the Los Angeles Sparks in Los Angeles, California, tonight, as the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) season continues.
Jones is averaging 17.5 points and 11 rebounds through two games. She is shooting 54.2 percent from the field.
In their opening game of the season, at the Mohegan Sun Center in Uncasville, Connecticut, on Saturday, the Sun took down the Washington Mystics, a WNBA Finals team from a year ago, 84-69.
In their second game of the season against the Indiana Fever on Tuesday, the Sun prevailed 88-77.
Against the Mystics, Jones had 10 points and grabbed a team-high 14 rebounds. She was one of three Sun players in double figures. Jones also had three blocked shots and two steals.
She was perfect from the charity stripe, going 4-for-4, and shot 3-for-8 from the field while missing all three of her three-point shots.
The reigning Sixth Woman of the Year had help from her teammates as power forward Alyssa Thomas led the way for the Sun with 23 points, hitting 11 of 15 shots.
Point guard Jasmine Thomas chipped in with 13 points and had a team-high six assists.
The Sun took a 22-18 lead after the first quarter. By the third quarter, the lead grew to double digits. The Sun led 67-53 heading into the fourth quarter, and never looked back after that.
Grand Bahama native Jones exploded on Tuesday night against the Fever as she went 4-of-7 from three-point territory and scored a team-high 25 points. At the end of the night, she was 10-for-16 from the field in 29 minutes of play.
Jones fell two rebounds short of a double-double as she pulled down eight boards. The WNBA single season record holder for rebounds also had two blocks in the contest.
Jasmine Thomas and Courtney Williams scored 15 and 13 points respectively for the Sun.
Offensively, the Sun are putting up the numbers early in the season. They lead the league in points per game and total three-pointers with 16 treys.
The Sun’s opponent tonight, the Sparks, dropped their season opener against the Las Vegas Aces on Wednesday. They were without superstar Candace Parker, and she will also be inactive for the game against the Sun with a hamstring injury.
In the Sparks, the Sun will face the Ogwumike sisters, the younger of whom, Chiney, was traded to the Sparks from the Sun in the offseason.
Jump Line – Jones is averaging 17.5 points and 11 rebounds through two games
Education: College of the Bahamas, BA Media Journalism