LOS ANGELES (September 3, 2017) – With 8:50 left in the third quarter on Sunday afternoon at Staples Center, Connecticut Sun center Jonquel Jones set a new WNBA single-season record, pulling down her 399th rebound off a missed shot by Sparks forward Nneka Ogumike.
With that rebound, Jones broke the record of 398 set by Tina Charles when she was a rookie with the Connecticut Sun in 2010.
“I just wanted to come into this game and get into my groove as early as possible when it came to rebounding,” Jones said. “Just being able to say that I’m able to do something like this is really special. Tina Charles did something special and to be in the same category as her it makes me feel really, really good and I’m happy to do it with my teammates.”
A native of the Bahamas who is in her second season after a stellar career at George Washington, Jones began the night needing 15 rebounds to break the record.
“Pretty incredible for as second-year player to break an all-time record like that,” Sun head coach Curt Miller said of the achievement. “She’s one of the elite rebounders I’ve ever been around. She just had an unbelievable year at the defensive end, and she’s just scratching the surface. Obviously she is going to just keep getting better and better at all aspects of her game, so for her to break a WNBA record in just her second year is truly remarkable and I am really happy for JJ.”
Jones finished the game with 10 rebounds and now has 403 for her career.
The Sun will be in action next on Sunday, September 10th in the second round of the WNBA Playoffs at 3 p.m. on ESPN2.