UNCASVILLE, July 11 – With five consecutive losses, it has been a tough 10 days for the Connecticut Sun, who dropped a 78-75 decision to the Atlanta Dream on Wednesday during a morning matinee in Georgia.
But the Sun got some good news Thursday. Forward Jonquel Jones has been named a starter in the WNBA’s 2019 All-Star Game on Saturday, July 27 in Las Vegas.
It is the second All-Star selection for Jones, who was also a starting player in 2017.
“I am so happy for JJ,” said Curt Miller, Connecticut’s head coach and general manager. “It is such a well-deserved honor from the fans and followers of the WNBA. She is a humble star who continues to get better each and every year. The sky is the limit for her. Her ultimate potential is through the roof.”
In her fourth WNBA season, Jones is averaging a team-leading 15.2 points per game and a league-leading 10.4 rebounds per game. She is the only player currently in the WNBA averaging a double-double.
Jones, a 6-foot-6 forward from George Washington, was the Eastern Conference Player of the Week for three consecutive weeks – June 3, June 10, June 17. On May 31, Jones tied her career-high with 22 boards in Los Angeles, one shy of the franchise record and two shy of the WNBA mark. In that same game, she had a season-high five blocks and 18 points.
She had a season-high 25 points and eight rebounds in a win over Indiana on May 28 along with 24 points and seven rebounds in a win over Washington on June 11.
“It feels good to be back in the All-Star Game,” Jones said. “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 12 reserves will be selected by WNBA head coaches and announced on Monday, July 15. Coaches will vote for three guards, five frontcourt players and four players at either position, just not their own players. As with the starters, these will be selected regardless of conference affiliation.
Jones is joined by Elena Delle Donne, A’ja Wilson, Liz Cambage, Brittney Griner, Natasha Howard, Chelsea Gray, Jewell Loyd, Kayla McBride and Kia Nurse as starters.
Connecticut returns to action on Friday evening when they host the Phoenix Mercury and former UConn star Diana Taurasi at 8 p.m. at the Mohegan Sun Arena on ESPN2. Taurasi hasn’t played yet this season due to injuries but was practicing this week with the Mercury (7-6).
Behind 25 points and eight rebounds from Brittney Griner, Phoenix whipped host Washington on Wednesday, 91-68.