It did not take long in just her second WNBA game for Sabrina Ionescu to find her comfort zone finishing with 33 points in a loss vs the Dallas Wings.
In her first game, Ionescu did not make a three-point basket, but her second game vs a former teammate in Satou Sabally, she found her spot on the floor early and often. She hit 55 percent from the field and 60 percent from three-point range hitting 11 of 20 from the floor. The former Oregon Duck also pulled down 7 rebounds and helped her teammates with 7 assists.
For a very young team, the New York Liberty will have some growing pains this season. They have started the season 0-2, and while Ionescu can be a one-woman show, the team won’t want to use her that way very often. She WAS the one-woman show on Wednesday night keeping her team in it against a better Dallas Wings team through the first half.
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In the second half, Dallas took over. The Wings pushed their lead to 25 points forcing New York to play catchup. The Liberty lost by 13 points, 93-80. Satou Sabally finished the game with 12 points, 4 rebounds, and 2 blocks. Dallas is now 1-1 on the season. Both Sabally and Ionescu started for their respective teams.
With all of the accolades and records that Sabrina Ionescu has from her time at the University of Oregon, one thing that opposing teams in the WNBA cannot let her to is get comfortable. This wil be their challenge all season long. One team so far, Seattle, was able to do just that. Of course, they won it all last season and have one of the best defenses in the entire league.
As the season continues, one WNBA mark that may not last is the one for WBA Triple Doubles. It sits at three. Ionescu was close on Wednesday to notching her first. From the looks of her on the court, it may not take long for that record to fall.
The New York Liberty next face the Atlanta Dream on Friday night. Tipoff is set for 4 pm on NBA.tv.