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Sabrina Ionescu ties Candace Parker’s triple-double record in historic performance for New York Liberty

The New York Liberty set a franchise record for points as guard Sabrina Ionescu earned her second triple-double of the season in a 116-107 victory at the Las Vegas Aces on Wednesday.

Ionescu’s 31 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists marked the third triple-double of her career, tying her with Chicago Sky’s Candace Parker for the most in a WNBA career.

Ionescu is the first WNBA player to score at least 30 points in a triple-double game, breaking the mark of 29 points set by Los Angeles Sparks center Lisa Leslie in 2004.

It was an offensive tour de force for both teams, as the combined total of 223 points is a WNBA record for a regulation game.

The teams also set a league mark for combined 3 points in a game (31), while New York’s 18 Treys tied a league record, as did the Liberty’s 35 assists. And it was the most points ever surrendered in a loss in franchise history by the Aces, dating back to the team’s debut in Utah in 1997, the year the WNBA made his beginnings.

The Liberty are also an original franchise dating back to 1997, but they never left New York. They drafted Ionescu No. 1 in 2020 after setting an NCAA record with 26 triple-doubles in Oregon.

Ionescu also became the first WNBA player on Wednesday to record a triple-double without a turnover. The WNBA’s five triple-doubles so far this season (two from Ionescu, two from Parker and one from Moriah Jefferson of the Minnesota Lynx) are the most the WNBA has had in a single season.

According to research by ESPN Stats & Information, Ionescu’s line of scoring at least 30 points in a triple-double with no turnovers while shooting at least 75% from the field has only been matched by one NBA player. over the past 40 years: the Denver Nuggets. ‘Nikola Jokic.

“I was really trying to take care of the ball, I thought it was really important,” said Ionescu, who was 10 of 13 on the pitch, including 7 of 8 from behind the arc. “As a playmaker and main ball handler, I just want to keep working on that part of the game.

“I just try to be the best I can be every time I jump on the floor. It’s me against me. I try to improve and keep learning from all the situations I’ve been in. put.”

New York coach Sandy Brondello said the Liberty took advantage of Las Vegas’ fast offensive style to have their own breakout game.

“We knew we would have opportunities to put points on the board,” Brondello said. “It was more about whether we could stop them and slow them down.”

The Liberty did that better in the second half than in the first, but ultimately it was a game on the New York offense, which before this season hadn’t broken 100 points. New York takes on the Phoenix Mercury on Thursday, then Ionescu travels to Chicago to make his first appearance in the WNBA All-Star Game.

“I’m so happy for her because she works so hard,” Brondello said. “She’s one of the toughest players I know. We’ve put a lot on her shoulders, but she’s ready to take over.”


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