Multiple Teams · Alumni Spotlight – Yolanda (Yolie, Missy) Jones

A 2002 Pirate graduate, Jones went on to play at Trinity Valley Community College in Texas where she led her team to the national championship. She was also named most valuable player in the tournament, chosen as a First-Team NJCAA All – American, named a First Team All-Conference player, led the team in points and rebounds, and was considered to be the top rated junior college player in the nation.

Jones went on to play at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette where she earned a degree in Behavioral Science. While at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Jones led the team in rebounds and points. Making school history, the team played in the NCAA tournament for the first time.

After college, Jones went on to play pro overseas for a year in Espoo, Finland for Espoo. The next year she played in Mozambique, Africa where she helped lead the team to the African Cup Championship. Jones returned to Finland to Kotka to play, but did not finish due to injury. She had a cartilage transplant and was given a 50/50 chance of being able to play again. After taking 7 months off, she began a new journey with Carolina Gigantes in Puerto Rico winning 4 championships. The season is short in Puerto Rico so she plays in other areas during off season. In 2010, she went to Tunisia, Africa to play with Desportiva.

Jones played with the Puerto Rico National Team in 2011, winning gold in the Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico during the summer.

After the 2011 season in Puerto Rico, she returned to Kotka, Finland. After the 2012 season, she traveled to Prague, Czech Republic to play with Slavia.

She continued her season in Puerto Rico 2014, 2015, and 2016 winning the championship which now makes it 2 three peats (6 championships out of 7 years.) Between the seasons, she traveled to Germany as well. In 2017, she traveled with the Puerto Rico National Team to the Virgin Islands. She helped them qualify for the World Games, which will be held in Spain in 2018, for the first time in history. Her season in Puerto Rico abruptly ended due to the back to back hurricanes that hit the island this year.

We are so proud of our Pirate! Great accomplishments!