Jones Suffers Injury, Will Miss 2014 Season

UNCASVILLE, Conn. (December 17, 2013) Veteran Connecticut Sun forward Asjha Jones suffered a rupture of her left Achilles tendon and is expected to miss the 2014 WNBA season.

Jones suffered the injury while playing for Spartak M.R. Vidnoje in Russia last week and is returning to the United States for surgery.

The forward sat out the 2013 WNBA season to tend to nagging injuries that had slowed her in previous seasons. In 2012, Jones missed 14 games with a strain in her left Achilles before returning to average 13.6 points and 6.4 rebounds in five playoff games. She previously had surgery on the tendon in February of 2010 after missing 11 games in 2009.

We are saddened to hear of Asjhas injury, Sun Vice President and General Manager Chris Sienko said. She took off a considerable amount of time to nurse her injuries so it seems unfair. However, we know Asjha to be strong and determined and hopefully she will be afforded another opportunity to play the game she loves in the future.

Acquired from the Washington Mystics in exchange for a first-round pick in the 2004 WNBA Draft, Jones has played nine seasons for Connecticut. During her time in a Sun uniform, Jones has played 271 games, collecting 3,336 points and 1,447 rebounds with 1,398 made field goals. She ranks second in team history in each of those categories.

I feel so badly for Asjha having to go through another Achilles injury, Sun head coach Anne Donovan said. Shes worked hard to overcome these injuries and this setback is disappointing to everyone.