Carolyn Jones played in college at Auburn, leading them to the NCAA final game in both 1989 and 1990, although they lost both final games. She played for the USA at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, and also won a gold medal with the US National Team at the 1990 World Championships. In 1996 Jones joined the New England Blizzard of the American Basketball League, which lasted for only two seasons, although Jones was one of the stars of that league for both its seasons. In 1999 she was chosen by the New York Liberty in the fourth round of the WNBA draft, although she was quickly traded to the Portland Fire. Jones played 42 games with the Fire in 2001-02, retiring after the 2002 season.