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Sabrina Ionescu is in only her third season with the brand new York Liberty, and she actually is already etching her name in to the history books.
Through the first quarter of the Liberty’s game contrary to the Phoenix Mercury on Saturday, Ionescu became the initial player in WNBA history to record a lot more than 500 points, 200 rebounds and 200 assists in one season.
That is only the most recent milestone in what’s sure to be always a legendary career for Ionescu.
The 24-year-old made some history just six days ago in the Liberty’s 89-69 make an impression on the Phoenix Mercury by becoming the fourth player in WNBA history to record at the very least 16 assists in a casino game, joining Courtney Vandersloot, Sue Bird and Ticha Penicheiro.
Furthermore, she recorded the 3rd triple-double of her career in a July 7 make an impression on the NEVADA Aces with 31 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists, tying her with Candace Parker for probably the most in a WNBA career.
Ionescu also became the initial WNBA player ever sold to record a 30-point triple-double for the reason that game.
The Liberty selected Ionescu first overall in the 2020 WNBA draft out of Oregon. She appeared in only three games during her rookie season before suffering a Grade 3 left ankle sprain and being eliminated for the rest of the entire year.
Ionescu returned in 2021 and averaged 11.7 points, 5.7 rebounds and 6.1 assists in 30 games while shooting 37.9 percent from the ground and 32.5 percent from deep. It had been a hard season for the California native, who continued to have problems with the ankle injury that plagued her as a rookie.
She admitted to reporters during Liberty training camp in April that she shouldn’t have played last season while still nursing the injury:
“Don’t play if you are not healthy. That’s most likely the main thing that I’ve learned is it is a long game also it was my second year and thank God that I didn’t have more injured or get yourself a different injury, but sometimes playing through it is not always the proper way.”
Given that Ionescu is fully healed from her ankle ailment, she actually is reaping the huge benefits. Entering Saturday’, she was averaging 17.5 points, 7.1 rebounds and 6.4 assists through 31 games while shooting 41.6 percent from the ground and 34.9 percent from deep.
However, despite Ionescu’s best efforts, the Liberty entered Saturday fifth in the Eastern Conference with a 13-18 record. Having said that, the team continues to be on pace to fully capture a playoff spot.