Jonquel Jones puts up 20 as Sun snap Aces’ winning streak


Jonquel Jones scored 20 points to lead five Connecticut scorers in double figures as the visiting Sun ended the Las Vegas Aces’ seven-game winning streak with a 97-90 victory on Thursday night.

DeWanna Bonner scored 19 points, Courtney Williams had 18, Alyssa Thomas added 16 points and 12 rebounds and Brionna Jones scored 10 as the Sun (7-3) bounced back from an 89-81 loss at Las Vegas two nights earlier.

Jackie Young scored 26 points, Kelsey Plum had 23, Dearica Hamby added 15 and A’ja Wilson had 13 to lead the Aces (9-2). Plum dished out a game-high eight assists.

Connecticut head coach Curt Miller returned to the bench after a two-game absence due to the league’s health and safety protocol.

Plum scored eight straight Aces points to help them pull within 59-58 early in the third quarter.

The Sun increased the lead to 73-64 on a 3-pointer by Jonquel Jones.

Plum assisted on consecutive three-point plays by Young and added a layup to get Las Vegas within 73-72.

Jonquel Jones answered with a 3-pointer and Brionna Jones added a basket that gave Connecticut a 78-72 lead at the end of the period.

The Aces closed within four points before the Sun increased the lead to 87-76.

Hamby scored eight straight points to pull Las Vegas within 87-84 with 4:54 to play, but Brionna Jones scored five straight points to increase Connecticut’s lead to 92-84 a minute later.

Plum scored four straight points to pull the Aces within four with 2:55 to go, but the Sun scored the next four points from the foul line to take an eight-point lead with 1:32 left.

Bonner made back-to-back 3-pointers as the Sun used a 13-0 run to take a 15-5 lead.

The Aces got within two points before Connecticut scored seven consecutive points to take a 22-13 lead.

The Sun led by as many as 18 points before holding a 37-22 lead at the end of the first quarter.

Wilson scored six points and Hamby had five as Las Vegas finished with a 17-2 run to close within 53-50 at halftime.

–Field Level Media


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