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Sabrina Ionescu is just entering her third season with the New York Liberty, and she’s already got her name in the history books.
Ionescu became the first player in WNBA history to score more than 500 points, 200 rebounds and 200 assists in a single season in the first quarter of Saturday’s free agent game against the Phoenix Mercury.
This is just the latest milestone in Ionescu’s storied career.
The 24-year-old made some history just six days ago, becoming a star in the Liberty’s 89-69 win over the Phoenix Mercury. Fourth player in WNBA history Record at least 16 assists in a game, join Courtney Vandersloot, Sue Bird and Ticha Penichello.
Furthermore, she Recorded third triple-double She had 31 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists in her July 7 victory over the Las Vegas Aces, her career highs tied with Candace Parker for a career high in the WNBA .
Ionescu also became the first WNBA player in history to score a 30-point triple-double in that game.
The Liberty selected Ionescu with the No. 1 overall pick in Oregon’s 2020 WNBA draft. She played in just three games in her rookie season before suffering a Grade 3 left ankle sprain and was ruled out for the rest of the year.
Ionescu is back in 2021 and is averaging 11.7 points, 5.7 rebounds and 6.1 assists in 30 games while shooting 37.9 percent from the field and 32.5 percent from 3-point range. It’s been a rough season for the California native, who has been plagued by an ankle injury as a rookie.
she admit to reporters During free training camp in April, she shouldn’t have played while nursing an injury last season:
“Don’t play if you’re not healthy. That’s probably the main thing I’ve learned, it’s been a long game, it’s my second year, thank God I haven’t had more injuries or other injuries, but sometimes It’s not always the right way to play it.”
Now that Ionescu has fully recovered from her ankle disease, she is benefiting from it. Entering Saturday, she was averaging 17.5 points, 7.1 rebounds and 6.4 assists in 31 games while shooting 41.6 percent from the field and 34.9 percent from three.
However, despite Ionescu’s best efforts, the Liberty moved into Saturday’s fifth-place finish in the Eastern Conference with a 13-18 record. That said, teams are still struggling to get a playoff spot.