Sabrina Unescu He did it again.
The New York Liberty The star etched her name into the record books again on Saturday, this time for an all-season achievement.
In the opening minute against Phoenix MercuryI found Ionescu Crystal Dangerfield On the right wing of the 3 pointer that puts freedom on the board. The assist was the 200th of the season, making Ionescu the first player to score more than 500 points, 200 rebounds and more than 200 assists in the 26-season history of the WNBA.
She reached this milestone with four games remaining in the regular season. At 24 years old, she has promised to challenge and possibly surpass these numbers several times throughout her career.
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For Ionescu, the achievement is the latest in a young career that has seen the former Oregon stand out so far living up to the expectations that came with being the first pick in the 2020 Draft. With injury limiting her to just three games as a rookie, she has developed into one of the game’s most underrated players. productivity.
On July 6, Ionescu scored 31 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists in the serve Top Triple Double in the history of the WNBA. The triple-double was the third of her career, tying Candice Parker with the most in league history.
Parker, seven-time All-Star player and two-time Major League Player, He got her third just weeks ago to keep their record for a short time. It took 15 seasons to reach the number, and she is one of the greatest players in the game’s history. Ionesco reached third place in her second full season of play.
This is what Ionesco does. She broke the NCAA record in triples by men or women on the thirteenth day of her career As a beginner in 2018. By the time she finished her first season in Oregon, she had doubled that number to 26. In that season — her first All-Star — Ionescu averaged 17.5 points, 7.1 rebounds, and 6.4 assists per game.
Unfortunately for Liberty, Ionescu’s production did not translate into success on the court. After a 12-20 campaign in 2021, New Yorkers are 13-19 years old in 2022. This includes 76-62 loss to Mercury on Saturday. Ionesco led Liberty’s effort with 20 points along with five rebounds and five assists. None of her teammates scored more than seven points.
New York’s long-term priority is clear. Surround Ionescu with the right talent to advance her unique skills to competing for the championship.
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