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WNBA: Jonquel Jones scores 31 as Sun win 9th in a row

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Jonquel Jones matched her career high with 31 points and grabbed 14 rebounds Tuesday night as the Connecticut Sun won their ninth consecutive game, beating the host Washington Mystics 85-75.

Jones matched her previous high of 31 points in an 85-64 win against the New York Liberty on June 5.

Brionna Jones added 22 points, 10 rebounds and four assists for the Sun. Briann January contributed nine points for Connecticut (21-6), which moved 1 1/2 games ahead of the Las Vegas Aces atop the WNBA standings.

Connecticut swept the three-game season series after also beating Washington 86-81 at home on May 28 and 90-71 on June 29.

Shatori Walker-Kimbrough had 17 points and Ariel Atkins and Myisha Hines-Allen added 16 apiece to lead the Mystics. Natasha Cloud had 12 assists for Washington (10-16), which has lost 10 of its last 13 games.

Washington entered that game trailing the New York Liberty by percentage points for the league’s eighth and final playoff spot.

The Mystics were without WNBA leading scorer Tina Charles and former league MVP Elena Delle Donne. Charles is sidelined with a left glute strain and Delle Donne is day-to-day as she works her way back from multiple back surgeries.

Connecticut was ahead 22-16 after one quarter and led 28-19 after Jones’ 10-foot jumper with 8:15 left in the first half. Washington used a 14-4 surge to go up 33-32 with 4:37 left, but Brionna Jones’ layup with 4:07 remaining put the Sun on top for good.

The Sun led 45-37 at halftime behind 21 points by Jones, and then outscored the hosts 29-16 in the third quarter to break the game open.

Washington heads out on the road to face the Minnesota Lynx on Saturday night. Connecticut gets a week off before visiting Dallas on Tuesday night.

–Field Level Media

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