Sabrina Ionescu is putting on the type of run we always thought the No. 1 pick would be capable of, and it’s coming at a time the Liberty desperately need it. After a lackluster month of May which saw her team drop seven straight games, the point guard looks like an All-Star as New York has won four of its last six.
She showed the peak of her powers in a close loss to the reigning champion Sky on Sunday when she delivered with 27 points on 9-of-16 shooting with 13 rebounds and 12 assists. She became the youngest player in WNBA history with multiple triple-doubles, and the first player to ever record 12 of all three stats in one game.
🚨 SECOND CAREER TRIPLE-DOUBLE FOR SABRINA IONESCU 🚨
She’s also the first player in WNBA history to record a triple-double in just 3 quarters 👏 pic.twitter.com/xQ5irdABBH
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) June 12, 2022
Here’s a quick run through of what she’s accomplished since June:
- 6/1: 23 points on 6/11 FGs, seven rebounds, two assists in win over Fever
- 6/3: 24 points on 6/15 FGs, three assists, two rebounds in win over Mystics
- 6/5: 31 points on 13/24 FGs, seven assists, five rebounds, three steals in loss to Lynx
- 6/7: 26 points on 10/11 FGs, eight assists, eight rebounds in win over Lynx
- 6/10: 13 points on 4/10 FGs, seven assists, six rebounds in win over Fever
- 6/13: 27 points on 9/16 FGs with 13 rebounds, 12 assists in loss to Sky
That’s… pretty good! And also a drastic shift from the month before. In May, she averaged just 12.6 points on 39.4% shooting from the field. In June, she’s scoring nearly double that, at 24 points per game on 55.2% shooting. Her 3-point shooting has also increased from 31% to 44.2%.
SABRINA IONESCU HALFCOURT BUZZER BEATER 🎯
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) June 8, 2022
The Liberty are on an upswing with the addition of Crystal Dangerfield, the signing of Marine Johannes and rise of Han Xu. Let’s see if they can make a playoff run after all.