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Jones drops in a double-double

Bahamian women’s basketball player continues to shine overseas

Despite what’s going on around the world with the coronavirus pandemic, Bahamian women’s professional basketball player Jonquel ‘JJ’ Jones is continuing to experience basketball action and remain sharp for when she rejoins the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA).

Playing for her Russian team, UMMC Ekaterinburg, in the Russian Women’s Basketball Premier League, Jones was in action again on Sunday and turned in another strong performance. Jones scored 20 points, finishing 8-for-10 from the field as UMMC Ekaterinburg recorded another dominant victory, 122-41, over Dynamo Moscow, on UMMC Ekaterinburg’s home court at the UMMC Sports Palace in Yekaterinburg, Russia.

Jones and her team are now a perfect 11-0 on the season, and will be back in action tonight when they take on Spartak Moscow at home. Jones added a game-high 12 rebounds, one assist and one blocked shot.

UMMC Ekaterinburg never trailed in the game, leading from coast to coast. They were already up by almost 20 points at the end of the first quarter, storming out to a 27-9 lead. UMMC Ekaterinburg kept the pressure on in the second quarter, outscoring their opponent, 37-10, to take a commanding 64-19 lead into the half. By the end of the third, UMMC Ekaterinburg was ahead 95-35, and they coasted to the easy win in the fourth.

Ellie Quigley led UMMC Ekaterinburg with a game-high 25 points in the impressive wire-to-wire win. Alba Torrence added 25 points, Jones contributed 20, and Maria Popova and Maria Vadeeva dropped in 12 apiece. Tatiana Petrushina was the only other player in double figures for UMMC Ekaterinburg with 10.

Just one player scored in double figures for Dynamo Moscow – Diana Fedotova who led them with 11.

Just one of Jones’ baskets came from outside the paint as she dominated on the inside.

UMMC Ekaterinburg doubled up Dynamo Moscow on the boards, 52-26, and were lethal from inside and out. As a team, they shot 15-for-34 from the three-point line compared to just 4-for-23 for the visiting squad.

Jones came off the bench and played 19 minutes and 24 seconds of the 40-minute game for UMMC Ekaterinburg.

Jones is second on the team in scoring behind Vadeeva, averaging 19.9 points per game, and is third in rebounding, averaging 10.3 per game.

UMMC Ekaterinburg features an all-star lineup with Connecticut Sun star center Jones, Los Angeles Sparks center Vadeeva and fellow WNBA players Breanna Stuart of the WNBA Champions Seattle Storm and Emma Meesseman of the 2019 WNBA Champions Washington Mystics.

Jones, a native of Grand Bahama, has played in seven games this season and has a season-high of 35 points on 13-for-19 shooting from the field on October 6, 2020, against NIKA Syktyvkar. She has three double-doubles on the season.

As mentioned, Jones and UMMC Ekaterinburg will take on Spartak Moscow on their home court at the UMMC Sports Palace in Yekaterinburg, Russia, tonight. Spartak Moscow sports a 4-7 win/loss record.

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Sheldon Longley

Sheldon Longley joined The Nassau Guardian in January 2001 as a sports reporter. He was promoted to sports editor in 2008. Sheldon has an extensive background in sports reporting. He covered three Olympic Games and three world championships, along with multiple smaller regional and local games.

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