Jonquel Jones scores 31 to lead Sun over Liberty

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Jonquel Jones totaled a season-high 31 points and 13 rebounds to help the host Connecticut Sun pull away from the New York Liberty for an 85-64 win on Saturday night.

Jones logged her seventh double-double of the season and the 46th of her career.

Brionna Jones added 14 points and eight rebounds and DeWanna Bonner scored 11 of her 13 points in the first half for the Sun.

Eastern Conference-leading Connecticut (8-2) has won two straight games and Data HK three of its last four after starting the year 5-0.

Rebecca Allen paced the Liberty with 14 points off the bench.

Sami Whitcomb had nine points while New York leading scorer Betnijah Laney finished with just eight points and six assists.

New York (5-4) has dropped four of its last six games. The Liberty has lost seven consecutive games against the Sun dating back to 2018.

The Sun outscored the visitors by seven in the third quarter to stretch their six-point halftime edge to 62-49 entering the fourth.

Jones had six of Connecticut’s first nine points in the third to open a 52-37 advantage.

The Sun outscored the Liberty 23-15 in the fourth to seal the victory.

Jones and Bonner combined for 23 first-half points as Connecticut led 43-37 at halftime. Laney’s stepback jumper with 1:23 to play tied it at 37 before Jones and Bonner teamed up to close the half on a 6-0 run for the Sun.

Connecticut led 24-19 after the first quarter.

Jazmine Jones played and scored eight after being listed as probable for the Liberty with a left elbow injury.

New York was without forwards Natasha Howard (left knee) and Jocelyn Willoughby (left Achilles).

New York completes its two-game road trip at the Phoenix Mercury on June 13. Connecticut wraps up its three-game homestead against the Seattle Storm the same day.

–Field Level Media