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    Saturday, December 03, 2022

    Sun players Brionna Jones, Alyssa Thomas to play on USA Women's World Cup team

    Las Vegas Aces guard Chelsea Gray (12) recoils from the elbow of Connecticut Sun center Brionna Jones (42) drawing an offensive foul in WNBA Finals Game 4 action Sunday, September 18, 2022 at Mohegan Sun Arena. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
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    USA Basketball announced on Tuesday that the 2022 USA Women's World Cup team will include the Connecticut Sun’s Brionna Jones and Alyssa Thomas.

    The pair will compete at the 2022 FIBA World Cup starting on Thursday in Sydney, Australia (Wednesday in the United States).

    Jones, the 2022 WNBA Sixth Player of the Year, played all 36 games for Connecticut in the regular season, averaging 13.8 points, 5.1 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.2 steals in 25.1 minutes per game. She ranked 20th in the WNBA in scoring and second in offensive rebounds (2.6 per game). She was also named a WNBA All-Star for her second consecutive season.

    Thomas returned to Connecticut this season after missing all but six games of the 2021 campaign recovering from a torn Achilles tendon. She started in all 36 of the team’s regular season games, averaging 13.4 points and leading the team in assists (6.1), steals (1.7) and minutes played (32.1).

    Thomas finished the regular season second in the league in steals (1.7), fourth in assists (6.1) and fifth in rebounding (8.2 rpg). The eight-year veteran capped off her season with the first and second WNBA Finals triple-doubles in league history in consecutive games, making her the only player to have achieved triple doubles in back-to-back games and to have amassed four in a single season.

    The 2022 FIBA World Cup, which will feature 12 national teams, is scheduled for September 22-October 1, 2022 in Sydney, Australia. Games will be available live on ESPN2, ESPNU or ESPN+ (check local listings). The USA will look to win its fourth consecutive World Cup, dating back to 2010. As part of Group A, the US will start play against Belgium on Wednesday, September 21 at 9:30 p.m. EST/Thursday, September 22 at 11:30 a.m. EST.

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