Sun must regroup after the 2022 WNBA Finals ends

All but one of The Sun members walked off the field as the WNBA Aces title celebration erupted around the free-throw line closest to the bench in Las Vegas. 2021 League Player of the Year Jonkel Jones remained willing to deliver a final message on the field to the player who spent four games fighting. Amid the glee, the Connecticut star walked across half the field and found Aces star A’ja Wilson to hug. “It was just a congratulation,” Wilson said. “Even before I get to meet with [ESPN’s Holly Rowe]I had to go talk to her because it occupied her heart.”

Then, when Wilson returned to join her teammates, Jones walked toward one of the tunnels leading to the bottom of the Mohegan Sun Arena and gave the crowd one last round of applause in gratitude.

Against Las Vegas, Jones tried to bring her the franchise that Wilson had brought her: her first-ever championship. She scored a team high of 20 points in Connecticut’s Game 3 blast win and picked up five out of 13 points in the crucial third-quarter stretch in Game 4, while adding two blocks—both on Wilson and both of which shook the sold-out crowd. 9,652 people. But for the 28-year-old striker, such successes, at least for the time being, are marred by the feelings of another difficult defeat.

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