Sabrina Ionescu sets new WNBA standard for points, rebounds, assists in a season

Sabrina Ionescu has done it again.

The New York Liberty The star etched his name into the record books once again on Saturday, this time for a season-long feat.

vs. in the opening minute Phoenix MercuryIonescu was discovered Crystal Dangerfield A 3-pointer on the right wing put Liberty on the board. The assist was her 200th of the season, making Ionescu the first player in the WNBA’s 26-season history to record 500-plus points, 200-plus rebounds and 200-plus assists.

He reached the milestone with four games remaining in the regular season. At 24, he promises to challenge and possibly exceed those numbers multiple times throughout his career.

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For Ionescu, it’s the latest achievement in the former Oregon standout’s brilliant young career, living up to the expectations that came with being the No. 1 pick in the 2020 draft. After an injury limited her to three games as a freshman, she developed into one of the game’s most effective players.

Sabrina Ionescu’s latest statistical milestone certainly won’t be her last (Melissa Dames/ICON Sportswire via Getty Images)

On July 6, Ionescu recorded 31 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists. Highest scoring triple-double in WNBA history. The triple-double was the third in her career, tying Candace Parker for all-time in league history.

Parker, a seven-time All-Star and two-time league MVP, He took his third place a few weeks ago To keep his record short. It took him 15 seasons to reach that number, and he’s one of the greatest players in the history of the game. Ionescu reached third in his second full season game.

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This is what Ionescu does. He tied the NCAA record for men’s or women’s triple doubles in the 13th match of his career As a junior in 2018. By the time he finished his senior season at Oregon, he had doubled that number to 26. This season — his first as an All-Star — Ionescu is averaging 17.5 points, 7.1 rebounds and 6.4 assists per game.

Unfortunately for Liberty, Ionescu’s product did not win in court. After a 12-20 campaign in 2021, New York is 13-19 in 2022. This includes 76-62 loss to Mercury on Saturday. Ionescu led the Liberty effort with 20 points to go along with five rebounds and five assists. None of his teammates scored more than seven points.

New York’s long-term priority is clear. Surround Ionescu with the right talent to elevate his unique talent into a championship contender.

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