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WNBA: Jonquel Jones paces Sun in victory over Mystics

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Jonquel Jones had 20 points, 12 rebounds and five assists to lead the host Connecticut Sun to an 86-81 victory over the Washington Mystics on Friday night at Uncasville, Conn.

The Sun (6-1) bounced back from their first loss of the season earlier this week and moved back into sole possession of first place in the Eastern Conference, half a game ahead of the idle New York Liberty.

The teams met for the first time at Mohegan Sun Arena since dueling in the 2019 WNBA Finals. The game also counted toward the WNBA Commissioner’s Cup standings.

Eight-time All-WNBA selection Tina Charles, who leads the league in scoring, once again paced the Mystics (2-4) with 29 points and eight rebounds. But Charles, who also had three assists and two steals, saw her run of three consecutive games scoring 30 or more points snapped.

Connecticut’s frontcourt set the tone for a strong second half as DeWanna Bonner also recorded a double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds.

Trailing 78-74 with 1:10 left, Mystics guard Leilani Mitchell missed a 3-pointer. Jones scored at the rim at the other end off an assist from Bonner. Myisha Hines-Allen missed another three, and the Sun collected the rebound. Jasmine Thomas then hit 1 of 2 free throws to help the Sun begin to pull away.

Washington struggled shooting from long distance, going 9-for-30 from 3-point range.

Thomas scored 19 points for the Sun, and Brionna Jones had 12 points. DiJonai Carrington scored 10 points.

Ariel Atkins totaled 20 points for the Mystics and Hines-Allen finished with 11 points and 10 rebounds in her third game back after playing overseas.

The Mystics opened the game with a 16-5 run on the strength of three 3-pointers from point guard Sydney Wiese, who finished with 12 points on 4-for-6 shooting.

But the Mystics lost Wiese after she twisted her right ankle with 3:29 remaining in the third quarter and limped off the court to the locker room with help from the team’s training staff.

–Field Level Media

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