In the midst of Jonquel Jones’ MVP caliber season, it may have been forgotten by some that her teammate DeWanna Bonner scored 48 joint points during the first two games of the Connecticut Sun this season.
After the second of the games, in which Bonner scored 27 points in her Sun debut at the Mohegan Sun Arena, Connecticut head coach Curt Miller. said:
“You just see how talented she is. … Was a bit of an overshadowed superstar in this league. And our Sun fans will really entertain her. ”
Not that Bonner, an All-WNBA player from the first team in 2015 and a second teemaker in 2020, has not already proven that she was a good player, but that all the excitement was that J. Jones this season enter and that Bonner comes out at the age of 33 and gives something extra in the first two games that said something.
After the Sun lost the Commissioner’s Cup match on August 12, both J. Jones and Bonner came to the podium for the post – match press conference and both were critical of their team’s play, say it was not championship basketball.
The difference between J. Jones and Bonner’s words was that Bonner spoke from championship experience. Although J. Jones was phenomenal in a five-game final in 2019, the sun fell on the Washington Mystics that year. Bonner on the other hand won a WNBA championship as a rookie and the sixth woman of the year in 2009. She won it all again in 2014 as an appetizer that scored 27 points and scored 16 rebounds during the last two games of a three-game. Finale vee. Both titles come while she was a member of the Phoenix Mercury.
Bonner plays a unique leadership role on the sun as a player who was there did it. Briann January, a member of 2012 champion Indiana Fever, is the only other player on the team to have a title, and although she is an appetizer and a phenomenal defender, she is not a member of the team ‘s three, like Bonner does not.
Bonner showed Mohegan on Thursday night that she is willing to do anything to help the team she joined in 2020 win a championship, achieving a season high of 31 points along with 11 boards in ‘ a 82-71 Sun victory that put them in first place based on a head-to-head tie over the Las Vegas Aces. Both teams are 17-6.
How does DeWanna Bonner feel after a decade at Phoenix to be in Connecticut?
“It’s simple, I love Connecticut!” pic.twitter.com/Byk3Hn9Wmo
– Connecticut Sun (@ConnecticutSun) 20 August 2021
The Sun faces the next game against the Aces on Tuesday, but Vegas cannot undo the final because they can only finish 1-2 against Connecticut at best.
The Sun is the first time since June 8 when they were 8-2. The 8-2 start was surprising for most, as the team lost superstar Alyssa Thomas to a torn Achilles before the season began. It is even more impressive that Connecticut returned to first place late in the season, especially after a blowable loss in the Commissaris Cup championship that caused many to count them out again.
Also impressive is the fact that the Sun’s last two wins came against the Minnesota Lynx, who have won in a series of eight games. On Thursday, Connecticut used a 16-5 run over the last 7:31 of the third to increase its lead to 14. Bonner scored eight points during the series. The Lynx cut it in fifth with 1:39 left in the fourth and 1:14 in the fourth, but the Sun ended the game on a 6-0 run.
Connecticut has taken Minnesota’s place as the hottest team in the league, having won five games in a row before the Olympic break (hence not the Commissioner’s Cup match). They are 3-0 since the break with three double-digit wins.
J. Jones added 20 points and seven rebounds to the winning streak on Thursday as she and Bonner scored the bulk of the score. Brionna Jones included eight points and seven boards, including her 800th career point. Jasmine Thomas added six points and seven assists and January had seven points and four assists.
Sylvia Fowles led the Lynx with 18 points and 11 boards, while Layshia Clarendon had her best performance after the break with 15 points, eight assists and two rocks. Star and Olympian Napheesa Collier got into trouble early on and still played 34:49 but was held on 11 points.
Minnesota in fourth place (13-9) was hoping to move within a game of the Sun. Instead, they are now 3.5 games behind the two double-bye slots.
The Lynx forced 19 Connecticut conversions and committed just 11. However, they tried 15 fewer free kicks and 13 fewer. They were also outscored 31-22, shooting 49.1 percent to 42.4 percent from the field. The Sun scored 13 second-chance points compared to just four for Minnesota.
Connecticut led by three to one and by six at halftime.