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Asjha Jones #15 Forward

Asjha Jones
2012 Playoff Statistics
PPG13.6
RPG6.4
APG2.6
EFF +15.60

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Career: Athletic power forward combines grace and toughness…Possesses variety of offensive skills…Consistent mid-range jump shooter with ability to score from difficult positions…Excellent passer topped 400 career assists last year…Clutch playoff performer averaged 15.3 points and 7.6 rebounds per game the last two postseasons…Has reached double figures in 50 of last 57 games.

2011 WNBA Season: Enjoyed a comeback season after being slowed the past two years by injuries…Posted a single-season career best 217 rebounds….Also had a new career high for defensive rebounds (153)…Was third on the team in scoring average (13.3)…Scored 453 points, her best single-season point total since 561 in 2008… Started 34 games in a season for the first time in her career…Had a single-season career-high seven double-doubles…Scored in double figures 25 times with four games of at least 20 points…Tied a franchise record with 13 made field goals at Phoenix (8/7)…Surpassed 3,500 career points against Atlanta (8/21)…Played her 300th career WNBA game against Atlanta (7/31)…Reached 500 career assists at Indiana (7/13)…Played a career-high 971 minutes…Scored a season-high 27 points at Phoenix (8/7)…Had second highest single-season totals for made field goals (198) and field goal attempts (446) in career.
In The Playoffs: Averaged 15.5 points and 6.5 rebounds in two playoff games with Atlanta, making 15 of 41 shots from the field…Led the Sun with 15 points and seven rebounds and also had four assists in Game 2 at Atlanta (9/18)…Moved into second place in franchise history with 29 career playoff games…Played a total of 64 minutes in the series.

2010 WNBA Season: Appeared in 30 games with 29 starts…Averaged 10.8 points and 4.9 rebounds per game…Missed the first four games of the regular season while recuperating from surgery to remove debris from her left Achilles…Surgery took place on Feb. 22nd at Backus Hospital in Norwich…Averaged just 5.9 points in first 11 games back…Averaged 13.6 points in last 19 games of the season…Reached double figures 14 times, all in the last 19 games…Surpassed 3,000 career points against Atlanta (7/30)…Scored season-high 23 points against Washington (7/27)…Had season-high nine rebounds against Los Angeles (7/24)…Averaged 15.7 points over a stretch of 11 games late in the season.

2009 WNBA Season: Promising season was cut short by strained left Achilles…Played just 23 games…Named to WNBA Eastern Conference All Star team for the second time in her career…Led the team in scoring (16.7 ppg)…Set new team record for consecutive double-figure scoring games with 18 (6/16-8/9)…Reached double figures 21 times in 23 games overall…Led the Sun in scoring 12 times, and in rebounding seven times…Had eight games of 20 or more points…Reached 2,500 career points during victory over Chicago (6/19)…Tied her career high with 12 rebounds against Atlanta (6/27)…Had three double-doubles…Had a career-high 13 made field goals against Sacramento (7/22)…Made 10 or more shots from the field four times.

2008 WNBA Season: Put together MVP-caliber season…Named to All-WNBA Second Team…Finished ninth in MVP vote…Set a new single-season franchise record for made field goals (223)…Tied the franchise single-season record for scoring average (17 ppg.)…Established single-season career highs for total rebounds (201), defensive rebounds (128), offensive rebounds (73), assists (81), blocks (26) and free throws (110)…Led the Sun in scoring for 10 straight games from June 16th at Seattle until July 8th at Detroit, the longest such streak in franchise history and one of the longest in league history…Led the Sun in scoring 20 times overall…Reached double figures in 28 games, surpassing her previous single-season best of 25…Had 12 games with 20 or more points, three more than her previous single-season best…Scored 30 points for the second time in her career against Atlanta (6/27), tying the single-game franchise record for made field goals (13) that same night…Had seven games with 10 or more made field goals…Had two double-doubles…Led or tied for the lead in rebounding 10 times…Scored her 2,000th career point at Minnesota (6/10)…Became the sixth player to reach 1,500 points in a Sun uniform the same night…Started 33 games before sitting out the season finale against Washington (9/13).
In The Playoffs: Led the Sun in scoring and rebounding during first round series with New York…Averaged 15 points and 7.3 rebounds per game…Had 18 points and a playoff career-high 11 rebounds in Game 3 loss to Liberty (9/22)…Made 11 of 12 free throw attempts in the series.

2007 WNBA Season: Veteran forward had a breakout season in first year as a full-time starter…Named to the WNBA Eastern Conference All Star team for the first time…Set new single-season career highs in numerous categories, including scoring average (15.5 ppg), points (434), offensive rebounds (65), field goals (193), assists (75) and minutes (942)…Scored in double figures 25 times…Scored 20 or more points nine times, five more times than in her previous three seasons combined…Had a career-high 31 points in a win at Chicago (5/31)…Led the Sun in rebounding 10 times…Led the Sun in scoring eight times…Missed final three games of regular season with ankle injury.
In The Playoffs: Averaged 15.7 points and eight rebounds per game in the playoffs…Notched first career playoff double-double with 20 points and 10 rebounds in triple-overtime victory over Indiana in Game 1 (8/23)…Tied her playoff career-high with 21 points in Game 3 loss at Indiana (8/27)…Established a career-best for the playoffs with six assists in Game 3.

2006 WNBA Season: Among the top sixth women in the league again this year, she had the best season of her career…One of three Sun players to appear in all 34 games…Established then career highs for scoring average (11.1 ppg.), total rebounds (183), defensive rebounds (124), offensive rebounds (59), assists (46), made free throws (62), free throw attempts (79), made field goals (155), field goal attempts (334) and minutes (777)…Became one of just six players in franchise history to score 20 or more points in consecutive games (7/30 and 8/1)…Tied a franchise record for rebounds in a half with 11 against Phoenix (7/8)…Reached double figures in 20 games.
In The Playoffs: Averaged two assists per game in the playoffs…Had 11 points, five rebounds and three assists in Game 1 win at Washington (8/18)…Grabbed a postseason career-high eight rebounds and five defensive rebounds in Game 2 victory over Detroit (8/26).

2005 WNBA Season: One of the premier sixth women in the WNBA…Averaged a career-high 9.1 points per game…Closed out regular season with a then career-high 22 points at Charlotte…Had a nine made field goals in that same game…Scored in double figures 17 times, including five of the last six games she played…Surpassed 1,000 points and 400 rebounds for her career…Averaged 12 points per game in three starts while Margo Dydek competed for the national team in her native Poland…Had 40 assists, the most since joining Connecticut.
In the Playoffs: Scored a postseason high 21 points at Sacramento (9/21)…Played a postseason-high 29 minutes against Detroit (8/31) totaling 13 points and three rebounds in the victory.

2004 WNBA Season: Was productive as the first player off the bench in 33 of the 34 games during regular season…Had career-high seven assists and nine rebounds in only start of year vs. San Antonio (7/24)…Scored season-high 16 points on 8-for-8 shooting from the free throw line in season finale vs. Indiana (9/19) to help Sun clinch Eastern Conference regular season title…Led or tied for the team-high in rebounds four times, including a season-high 10 rebounds vs. Washington (6/30)…Set a then career high with seven defensive rebounds vs. Washington (6/30)…Shot a team-high 85.4 percent (41-48) from the free throw line…Did not miss a free throw until second half of 16th game of the season (Washington, 6/30), making 16 of 16 to start the year.
In The Playoffs: Scored in double figures three times, including 14 points on 5-of-9 shooting in Game 1 loss at Washington (9/25)…Averaged 7.4 points per game…Averaged 27 minutes…Scored 12 points in Game 3 of WNBA Finals on 6-of-11 shooting.

2003 WNBA Season: Scored a then career-high 21 points vs. Indiana (7/29)...Had first career double-double with a then career-high 12 rebounds and a team-high 14 points at Connecticut (8/1)…Played a then career-high 42 minutes vs. Phoenix (8/3)...Finished in the top 20 in the WNBA in field goals per 40 minutes (16th at 6.5), blocks (18th with 25), field goal attempts per 40 minutes (18th at 14.9) and offensive rebounds (19th with 62)

2002 WNBA Season: Scored 12 points and three rebounds at Phoenix (6/3)...Scored 11 points on 5-of-7 shooting with five rebounds and two blocks vs. Indiana (8/6)...Finished the season ranked sixth among rookies in rebounding per game and seventh in scoring average.

Other Professional Experience: Played for Rivas Ecopolis of Madrid in 2011-12…Was a fixture with EuroLeague powerhouse UMMC Ekaterinburg in Russia during the 2007-08, 2008-09 and 2009-10 offseasons…Played six EuroLeague games for Ekaterinburg in 2009/10, averaging 7.0 points and 4.5 rebounds…Also saw time in six Russian League contests that year with averages of 9.8 points and 4.2 rebounds per game…Spent two seasons (2005-06; 2006-07) with Dynamo Energiya in Russia…Played in China in 2004-05…Played for Delta Basket Allessandria in Italy in 2003-04…Played in Russia during the 2002-03 offseason.

College: Graduated from UConn as an all-time Top 10 leader in games played and blocks…Helped lead UConn to 39-0 season culminating with the 2002 NCAA Championship... Named to the NCAA Final Four All-Tournament Team in 2002 and 2000…Named to the 2002 NCAA Regional All-Tournament Team…Named to the 2002 Associated Press Third Team All-America... Named 2002 Big East Tournament Most Outstanding Player... Led the Big East Conference by shooting 55 percent from the floor (247-445) in 2002...Named to the 2002 All-Big East First Team…Named to the CoSIDA District I All-Academic First Team in 2002…Named UConn Club Outstanding Senior Scholar-Athlete in 2002…Named to the Big East Championship All-Tournament Team three times (2002, 2001, 1999)…Named to the 1999 NCAA Final Four All-Tournament Team...Scored 28 points in two Final Four games...Named to the 1999 Big East All Tournament Team and the All-Big East Rookie Team… Dean’s List Student…Was a four-time Big East Academic All-Star.

Personal

Personal: Born Asjha Takera Jones on August 1, 1980…Majored in Business…A Parade, USA Today and Street & Smith First Team All-American at Piscataway High School, averaging 22.2 points, 11.1 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 2.5 blocks and 2.9 steals…Scored a school career-record 2,266 points and had 1,256 rebounds.

Career Transactions

Selected by Washington in first round (4th overall ) in the WNBA Draft on April 19, 2002. ...Washington signed and traded Jones to the Connecticut in a three-team deal that sent Tamicha Jackson from the Phoenix Mercury to the Washington Mystics and the Sun sent the 8th pick in the 2004 WNBA Draft to the Mercury.