Sun's Jonquel Jones named WNBA’s Sixth Woman of the Year
Connecticut Sun post Jonquel Jones was named the 2018 WNBA Sixth Woman of the Year, the league announced Thursday.
Jones received 20 votes from a national panel of 38 sportswriters and broadcasters. Chicago Sky forward Cheyenne Parker finished second (eight votes) and Atlanta Dream guard Brittney Sykes was third (three votes).
“I’m extremely excited for JJ being recognized for her outstanding year in the role that she had for us this season,” Sun head coach and general manager Curt Miller said. “She was a huge spark coming off the bench and continues to show that she has a chance to be one of the elite players in this league for a long time.”
Players had to have come off the bench in more games than they started to be eligible for the award. Jones came off the bench in 18 of her 34 games.
Jones averaged 11.8 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.24 blocks this season. She also had the league's second-best 3-point shooting percentage (46.7).
Jones earned WNBA Most Improved Player honors last year as well as being named to the All-WNBA second team in just her second season.
Connecticut hosts the Phoenix Mercury in a second-round playoff game tonight (Mohegan Sun Arena, ESPN2, 8:30).
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