Sabrina Ionescu He did it again.
of New York Liberty Star put her name in the record once more on Saturday, this time for a season-long feat.
In the opening minute Phoenix MercuryIonescu found Crystal Daggerfield Right wing for a 3-pointer that puts freedom on the board. The assist was her 200th of the season, making Ionescu the first player in 26-season WNBA history to record 500-plus points, 200-plus rebounds and 200-plus assists.
She reached the milestone with four games remaining in the regular season. At 24, she promises to compete throughout her career and possibly surpass those numbers many times over.
For Ionescu, the feat is the latest in a young career in which the former Oregon standout has lived up to expectations as the No. 1 pick in the 2020 draft. Since injury limited her to just three games as a rookie, she has become one of the game’s most productive players.
On July 6, Ionescu posted 31 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists. The maximum score is triple – double in WNBA history. The triple-double was the third of her career, tying Candace Parker in league history.
Parker, a seven-time All-Star and two-time league MVP; She was third a few weeks ago. To keep the record short. It took her 15 seasons to achieve the feat, and she is one of the best players in the history of the game. Ionescu reached the third in her second full season.
This is what Ionescu does. She broke the NCAA record 13th career triple-double for either men or women. As a junior in 2018. She doubled that number by the time she finished her senior season at Oregon with 26. This season – her first All-Star – Ionescu averaged 17.5 points, 7.1 rebounds and 6.4 assists per game.
Unfortunately for Liberty, Ionescu’s output did not translate into court success. After a 12-20 campaign in 2021, New York is 13-19 in 2022. A 76-62 loss to the Mercury on Saturday. Ionescu led the Liberty effort with 20 points to go along with five rebounds and five assists. None of her teams scored more than seven points.
New York’s long-term priority is clear. Surround Ionescu with the right talent to elevate her unique skills into championship contention.