Sabrina Ionescu becomes the youngest player in WNBA history to have multiple triple-doubles

Sabrina Ionescu becomes the youngest player in WNBA history to have multiple triple-doubles

New York Liberty goaltender Sabrina Ionescu, 24, became the youngest player in WNBA history to achieve multiple career triple-doubles, as she achieved the feat in Sunday’s 88-86 loss against the Chicago Sky.

She also became the first player in league history to achieve a triple-double in the first three quarters of a game.

Ionescu had 27 points, 13 rebounds and 12 assists for her second triple-double since joining the WNBA as the 2020 No. 1 pick at Oregon, where she had an NCAA record 26 triple-doubles in his college career. Ionescu’s first WNBA triple-double came in May 2021.

“I don’t care about the triple-double, we didn’t win,” Ionescu said on Sunday. “I’m just trying to do my part, to keep improving every day, to keep learning from my teammates, from this coaching staff.”

However, Ionescu’s exploits impress others. She nearly had a triple-double in Liberty’s win over Minnesota on Tuesday — 26 points, eight rebounds, eight assists despite being out the entire fourth quarter — and she was the catalyst for New York in its recent 4-2 run after a seven game losing streak. Ionescu averaged 24.0 points, 6.8 rebounds and 6.5 assists in those six games.

Asked what helped elevate Ionescu’s game, Liberty coach Sandy Brondello said: “Just a lot of confidence and knowing that we believe in her. She’s a great player and she’s going to get better. improve more and more.”

Ionescu joins Chicago’s Candace Parker as the only players to have multiple triple-doubles in WNBA regular season games, with Parker getting her second on May 22, at age 36. Parker’s first was in 2017, when she played for the Los Angeles Sparks.

Parker’s Sky teammate Courtney Vandersloot and retired player Sheryl Swoopes are the only other WNBA players to have had multiple career triple-doubles, including playoff games. For Vandersloot, they came in the playoffs last year and in the regular season in 2018. For Swoopes, they were in 1999 (regular season) and 2005 (playoffs).

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