After a seven-game winning stretch, the Connecticut Sun will be looking for a way to get out of a two-game skid after falling 89-81 to the Las Vegas Aces at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada on Sunday, August 11.
In that game, Bahamian center Jonquel Jones grabbed a team-high 12 rebounds in the loss as she had a low-scoring game with eight points. She was able to contribute on the defensive side as she finished the game with three steals and three blocked shots.
With that loss, the Sun season record is now at 19 wins and seven losses. That puts them one game behind the league-leading Washington Mystics who have a 17-7 win-loss record as of yesterday afternoon. The surging Los Angeles Sparks have a 15-8 win-loss record to sit a half-game behind Jones’ team in third place. They are riding a five-game win streak.
The Aces center Liz Cambage won the battle of the center with Jones as she scored a game-high 21 points and tied Jones with 12 rebounds.
The Sun jumped out to a quick 24-21 lead to end the first quarter but the Aces ended up closing the gap and eventually taking a one-point lead at the end of the first half. They were up 43-42.
The Aces came out in the third quarter on a mission as they went on a 26-15 third-quarter scoring tear to end the quarter up 69-57.
Bria Holmes, the Grand Bahamian’s teammate, connected on a key three-pointer with 6:53 left to play in the fourth quarter. She trimmed the lead to three points as the Aces led 73-70.
Cambage and her teammate Dearica Hamby scored the next nine points of the game to put their team up 82-70 with 4:30 remaining in the quarter.
The Sun had no response for the Aces as they eventually fell 89-81 although they won the fourth quarter 24-20.
For the Sun, Courtney Williams led them with 13 points, and Jasmine and Alyssa Thomas each had 11 points.
The Aces’ Kayla McBride had 18 points, including four three-pointers, Kelsey Plum scored 16 points, and Jackie Young had 13 points.
Jones went 3-for-11 from the field and was unable to hit a trey in five attempts.
On Friday, August 9, the Sun lost to the Minnesota Lynx in an 89-57 lopsided game. The 57 points were the lowest point total scored by the Sun this season.
In this game, the All-Star Jones scored eight points and pulled down six boards.
The Lynx ran away with this game early as they jumped out to a 24-14 first-quarter lead. They extended that lead to a 54-25 lead by halftime after going on a 30-11 second-quarter run. The Sun was stymied in the second half as the Lynx held on to snap the Sun’s eight-game win streak with an 89-57 victory. This was the Sun’s longest winning streak since 2006.
Danielle Robinson and Stephanie Talbot had 14 points each, Odyssey Sims scored 12 points and Damiris Dantas 11 points for the Lynx.
Jones is averaging 15.1 points per game and playing a career-high 29.6 minutes per contest.
The Bahamian still leads the league in blocks and rebounds per game as of yesterday afternoon.
On the rebounding side, she leads the league with 10.3 blocks per game and is the only player in the league averaging double figures in that category. It is a two-way tie for second place as the Sparks’ Nneka Ogwumike and Lynx’s Sylvia Fowles are averaging 9.5 rebounds per contest.
The shot-blocker Jones is averaging 2.2 blocks per game. The Phoenix Mercury’s center Brittney Griner is behind her with 2.0 blocks per contest. New York Liberty’s Amanda Zahui is in third with 1.8 blocks a game.
The Sun and Jones will be looking to snap their two-game losing streak when they resume action tomorrow night against Griner and the Mercury. Jones and company will be playing on Mercury’s home court in Phoenix, Arizona, at 10 p.m. on ESPN2.
Education: College of the Bahamas, BA Media Journalism