JJ voted in as WNBA All-Star starter
With the stellar season she is having, Bahamian and Connecticut forward Jonquel “JJ” Jones has been rewarded and voted in as a WNBA All-Star starter in this year’s AT&T WNBA All-Star game set for Saturday, July 27, 2019, at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada in the USA.
This is her second All-Star selection.
Jones told the Sun, “It feels good to be back in the All-Star Game.”
She added, “I’m really excited to be out there and be representing the team with all of these fantastic players. Hopefully, I’ll also see some of my teammates out there.”
The starters and captains were revealed on Thursday on ESPN’s The Jump. The 10 players, four guards and six frontcourt players were voted in by fans, current WNBA players and the media.
Captaining the two teams will be the Washington Mystics’ Elena Delle Donne and Las Vegas Aces’ A’ja Wilson.
Joining Jones, Wilson and Delle Donne will be Las Vegas’ Liz Cambage, the Phoenix Mercury’s Brittney Griner and the Seattle Storm’s Natasha Howard.
The four starting guards are the Los Angeles Sparks’ Chelsea Gray, Seattle’s Jewell Loyd, Las Vegas’ Kayla McBride and the New York Liberty’s Kia Nurse.
Jones has led her team to a 9-6 win-loss record season as of yesterday afternoon. The Sun has dropped five straight games. The Grand Bahama native was instrumental in her team’s seven-game win streak earlier this season.
They sat in third position in the league and second position in the Eastern Conference.
Before last night’s game, the post player was averaging 15.2 points per game, 10.4 rebounds per game and swatted a career-high 2.5 shots per game.
In the 78-75 loss on The Bahamas’ Independence Day against the Atlanta Dream, the six-footer finished with 11 points, nine boards and four blocked shots. It was an ugly shooting night for Jones going 2-of-12 from the field including 0-of-2 from beyond the arc.
That was Jones’ 14th time scoring in double-figures for her team. She scored in double-figures in 13 straight games before breaking that streak in a 74-71 loss against the Minnesota Lynx on July 6, having scored five points in that contest.
The former George Washington University standout scored a season-high 25 points in a win against the Indiana Fever back on May 28. She returned to the court three days later and dropped a season-high 22 rebounds in a loss against the Los Angeles Spark. She was two rebounds shy of the WNBA mark and one shy of the Sun franchise record.
The sixth pick in the 2016 WNBA draft is the league leader in two of the major WNBA categories: rebounds and blocks per game as of yesterday. In the rebounding category, Jones is the only player in the league to average a double-double in that category with 10.4 boards.
Second to her in that category is Lynx’s Sylvia Fowles with 9.7 boards per contest. The Sparks’ Nneka Ogwumike is averaging 9.3 rebounds, good enough for third.
Jones has been a great rim protector for the Sun generating a league-high 2.3 blocks per game. She is being chased by Liberty’s Amanda Zahui who has 2.3 blocks per contest. Griner is in third place with 2.2 blocks per contest.
The Sun was in action last night against Griner and the Mercury at 8 p.m. No scores were available at press time.
The All-Star Game will be broadcasted live on ABC at 3:30 p.m.
Education: College of the Bahamas, BA Media Journalism
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