Jones makes All-Defensive Team

With the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) playoffs underway and more official WNBA season awards set to roll out before the playoffs end, Bahamian center Jonquel Jones was named to the WNBA All-Defensive First Team.

The announcement was made on Wednesday, September 11, in a press release from the WNBA.

This is the Connecticut Sun center’s debut on that list that features her teammate, guard Jasmine Thomas.

Jones received the second most points with 42. Receiving the most points was the Seattle Storm’s Natasha Howard, who earned the full 55 points. Howard retained the defensive player of the year award.

Jones had a great year on the defensive side of the ball. She was a monster on the boards, leading the league that category. She finished with an average of 9.7 rebounds – 330 rebounds in total.

Back in May, Jones tied a career-high 22 rebounds against the Los Angeles Spark.

Back in 2017, she led the league with a league record 403 rebounds on the season. That record was short-lived when Minnesota Lynx’s Sylvia Fowles broke it with 404 rebounds on the season in 2018.

The shot-blocker also led the league in blocks along with the Phoenix Mercury’s center Brittney Griner. Both averaged two blocks per contest.

This was a career-high for the Bahamian who had 68 blocked shots in total. She made a career-high six blocks against the Las Vegas Aces last month.

This was a career year for her in the steals column as she averaged 1.2 steals per game – her first time averaging at least one steal a game. She had 43 total steals in 2019. The former George Washington University standout got a career-high five steals against the New York Liberty in early August.

Earlier in the week, Jones, along with Griner and Chicago Sky’s guard Courtney Vandersloot, won the 2019 WNBA Peak Performer Awards in scoring, rebounding and assists, respectively.

Seattle Storm guard Jordin Canada and Sparks’ forward Nneka Ogwumike rounded out the WNBA All-Defensive First Team.

The WNBA All-Defensive Second Team consisted of Griner, Washington Mystics guard Ariel Atkins, Storm forward Alysha Clark, Sun forward Alyssa Thomas and Mystics guard Natasha Cloud.

The WNBA’s 12 head coaches selected the All-Defensive First and Second Teams by position and were not permitted to vote for players from their own teams.

ESPN and the Associated Press named the Sun center their respective All-WNBA first teams earlier this week.

Behind Jones, the Sun earned the second seed in the 2019 WNBA season standings and received a double bye into the semifinals.

They return to the court on Tuesday, September 17, to host the first game of a best-of-five semifinals series. The game starts at 6.30 p.m. on ESPN2. Their opponent is not yet determined.

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Simba French

Simba joined The Nassau Guardian in 2012 as a technical producer for Guardian Radio 96.9 FM. He joined the Editorial Department as a sports reporter in 2018. Simba has covered a wide range of sports stories, including the 2018 CARIFTA in Nassau, Bahamas. Education: College of the Bahamas, BA Media Journalism

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