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Alyssa Thomas shatters WNBA triple-double record with historic week

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Alyssa Thomas has had a historic week in the WNBA.

On Tuesday, she notched her third triple-double in just eight days. Already, she had the most triple-doubles in WNBA history, with four in the regular season and six overall entering Tuesday’s 89-81 loss to the New York Liberty. She now has seven, becoming the first player to post three triple-doubles in the same regular season.

This stretch by Thomas also marks the first time a WNBA player has recorded back-to-back triple-doubles in the regular season. She had a triple double last Tuesday, June 20, and while she did not have one in their next game Thursday, she followed that with two in a row Sunday and then this Tuesday.

Thomas also had back-to-back triple-doubles in the WNBA Finals last year.

To put Thomas’ feat into greater perspective: There have been 23 triple-doubles in the WNBA’s 27-year history. With the last seven being accomplished by Thomas, she has more than 30% of the league’s total triple-doubles.

“I want to win,” Thomas told ESPN after her triple-double Sunday. “We’re still trying to bring a championship here. We just continue to grind it out each and every day.

“My name might be on [the record] but a lot of credit goes to my teammates. So far this year, I feel like it’s been the easiest for me with the way they’re knocking down shots.”