The Middletown Press (Middletown, CT)

Connecticu­t Sun resign center Jones

- By Christine Butterfiel­d

The Connecticu­t Sun have resigned WNBA Sixth Player of the Year, Brionna Jones, to a oneyear contract, the team announced Monday.

Connecticu­t selected the 6-foot-3 center with the eighth overall pick in the 2017 WNBA Draft and she has spent all six seasons with the Sun. The Maryland product was a huge spark off the bench last year, averaging 13.8 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.2 steals. She ranked 20th in the WNBA in scoring and fourth in field goal percentage, shooting at a 56.9 percent clip.

During the offseason, Jones has been playing overseas with USK Prague alongside Connecticu­t forward, Alyssa Thomas.

Having the two-time

All-Star return helps Connecticu­t preserve an important presence on the roster.

“We are so excited to have Breezy back,” said Connecticu­t’s new Head Coach, Stephanie White in a release. “She’s a proven winner that has worked tirelessly to become one of the best players in our league. She impacts our team on the floor and in the locker room, she is a tremendous ambassador for our community. I can’t wait to work with her this summer.”

Since the franchise’s previous coach Curt Miller left to lead the Los Angeles Sparks, the Sun has been reconfigur­ing the roster. Connecticu­t traded their biggest star Jonquel Jones to the New York Liberty in a threeteam trade involving the Dallas Wings.

The Sun also traded longtime point guard Jasmine Thomas to the Los Angeles Sparks in a deal that included former UConn standout Olivia Nelson-Ododa coming to Connecticu­t.

The Sun recently acquired another former UConn player in Tiffany Hayes from the Atlanta Dream last Thursday.

Keeping an experience­d player like Jones on the team amidst the franchise’s new direction will help the Sun maintain the consistenc­y that has led them to 14 playoff berths.

“Brionna has played a significan­t role in the Sun’s success over the past few years,” said Darius Taylor, General Manager of the Sun. “We are super excited to have her stay in Connecticu­t and continue to watch her game flourish as we look to compete for a title this season and beyond.”

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