Bahamian women’s professional basketball player Conker’JJ’ Jones launched the 2022 campaign at the Women’s Basketball Association (WNBA) with 15 points and 7 rebounds. However, her team, Connecticut Sun, lost on the streets and started the season after falling to New York Liberty (81-79) at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York on Saturday night.
The active WNBA best player, Jones, shot less than 50% and finished 17-6 from the floor – 35.3%. From a 3-point range, she shot 28.6 percent, 2 to 7. Jones played on the floor for 32 minutes. She was great at the defensive end and escaped with two steals and two blocks.
The sun was led by security guard Alyssa Thomas, who sat injured for most of last season. She had 25 points.
Liberty was led by 25-point Sabrina Ionescu.
From Grand Bahama, Jones scored the first basket of the season at the 9:10 mark in the opening round, scoring the first points of the game and giving the team a 2-0 lead. She added another 4 points at the start of the game as she helped raise her team to 8-0, leaving 6:03 in the first quarter. Liberty head coach Sandy Brondello had no choice but to call a timeout to discuss with the team.
However, the lead was extended to 12-2 by the sun, leaving 4:46 in the first quarter. This is the first two digit lead of the game. That lead was reduced to 4 points at some point before the sun took 19-12 at the end of the first period.
Jones said one of the things they worked on was to play faster than this season.
“It’s definitely intentional. It’s something we’ve been working on, so I’m glad we were able to do it and succeed. But on the other hand, to succeed, stop and own. Must be able to complete. When we are playing that type of basketball, we stop and run. We are really, really hard to beat. “
In the second quarter, the game was a 30 draw and the first half was 2:15. Liberty scored 8-0 and took the lead of 38-30 in the half, leaving the sun apart for the other half. Liberty surpassed the Sun 26-11 in the second quarter.
Sun responded to the third quarter and finally took the 55-54 lead in the third quarter with one and a half minutes remaining. In the end, Sun entered the fourth quarter with a slim lead of 59-58.
The match was a 61 draw, with 8:15 remaining in the fourth quarter and Sun rising 5-0 to 66-61. The elastic Liberty bounced back, leading 76-73, leaving 2:31. The sun was 78-76 and the game had just over a minute left. They got cold and missing until Jones hit a huge three-point shot with 3.3 seconds remaining in the game. Liberty led 81-79 at that time, and it turned out to be too late for the sun.
Playing faster has its strengths and weaknesses, one of which is that Sun ends at 15, so there’s more turnover. However, there were 24 fast breakpoints.
Sun had 10 active players as Dewana Bonner and Courtney Williams missed action.
Jones and Sun aim to improve from this game on their return to the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut for the season home opener on Saturday, May 14th. They welcome the Los Angeles Sparks that day.The game starts at 7 pm
https://thenassauguardian.com/jj-scores-15-points-in-season-opener-for-the-sun/ “JJ” scored 15 points in the opening round of Sun