This was not the way Bahamian Jonquel Jones and her Connecticut Sun envisioned their first home game in the WNBA Finals since 2005 would go, as the Washington Mystics won game three with a scoreline of 94-81 to take a 2-1 series lead on Sunday at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut, USA.
Jones finished the night with a dismal stat line by her standards – nine points and nine rebounds in 32 minutes.
On Tuesday night in game two, Jones had a career night scoring 32 points and pulling down 18 rebounds including nine on the offensive glass.
Before the game, Jones was named to the All WNBA Second Team by the league.
Yesterday she took just eight shots from the first, half from the three-point line. She took 16 more shots in the second game that translated to a win.
“I think they were hitting tough shots. I know for me a couple of times, I went out on top to Toliver on a switch and I felt like in the space and they just hit tough shots”, Jones said.
One distinct difference in game three was the presence of the Mystic’s power forward and the league’s Most Valuable Player (MVP) Elena Delle Donne. She suffered an injury in the first quarter in game two and missed the rest of the game as the Sun powered their way to a victory.
Delle Donne played in game three with a herniated disk that is pinching a nerve in her back. She posted 13 points and pulled down six boards. Delle Donne is no doubt the leader of the Mystics.
The Sun got 16 points each from Shekinna Stricklen and Jasmin Thomas in the loss.
Leading all scorers was the Mystics center Emma Meesseman with 21 points in 25 minutes.
In the first quarter, the Mystics and the Sun were tied at 6-6. The Mystics was up 18-13 with 3:31 remaining. They went on a 12-0 run that was sparked by a three-pointer made by Kristi Toliver with 2:59 remaining in the first quarter to go up 21-13. She was perfect from three-point territory going 4-of-4 in the entire game scoring 20 points and 10 assists.
That run was stopped with 57.9 seconds left in the quarter on a finger-roll by the Bria Holmes. The guard scored 15 points in the game.
The first quarter ended with the Mystics up 32-17.
In the second quarter, the Sun gained some pride as the clawed their way to a 22-11 second quarter victory. At the half the score was 43-39 as the Sun look to make a push in the third quarter.
Jones converted a three-point play to open the third quarter and cut the lead to one with 9:42 remaining in the third quarter. That was as close as Connecticut would get as the Mystics led 43-42.
The Grand Bahamian scored her final point of the night with just over a minute left as the score was 68-57 with Mystics controlling the game.
The lead was protected by the Mystics in the fourth quarter as they held on to win 94-81.
The Mystics owned the three-point line as they went 16-of-27 (53 percent) from beyond the arc compared to the Sun going 5-of-20 (25 percent) from that same territory.
The Sun was outrebounded 34-27 by the Mystics after winning that battler 41-27 in game two.
Both teams will have a quick turnaround as the decisive game four is set for tomorrow night at 8 p.m. on ESPN 2. If the Sun wins, the fifth and final game will be on Thursday in Washington.