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Putting Sabrina Ionescu’s historic triple-double into perspective

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By now, it’s no secret that Sabrina Ionescu made history Tuesday night in becoming the youngest player in the WNBA to record a triple-double. She’s also just the ninth person in WNBA history to ever record one, as well as the first to have ever recorded one in under 10 games played.

But how does Ionescu’s stack up against the previous eight? Just Women’s Sports breaks it down below.

Sheryl Swoopes

The next closest to Ionescu’s newly-minted record, Swoopes recorded the league’s first-ever triple-double as a member of the Houston Comets on July 27, 1999. In her 59th game against Detroit, Swoopes recorded 14 points, 15 rebounds and 10 assists.

As the first player to ever sign with the WNBA, Swoopes is also the only WNBA player to have ever recorded two triple-doubles. She recorded her second during the playoffs against Seattle on September 3, 2005, with 14 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists.

Margo Dydek

Dydek recorded the second triple-double two years later as a member of the Utah Starzz. On June 7, 2001 against Orlando, the WNBA’s all-time blocks leader racked up 12 points, 11 rebounds and 10 blocks.

Lisa Leslie

As a member of the Los Angeles Sparks, Leslie recorded her triple-double against Detroit on September 9, 2003. An eight-time WNBA All-Star and two-time WNBA champion, she’s the only player to have had a better stat line than Ionescu did Tuesday night, with 29 points, 15 rebounds and 10 blocks. Leslie’s number has since been retired by the Sparks.

Deanna Nolan

On May 21, 2005, the three-time WNBA champion dropped 11 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists against Connecticut.

Temeka Johnson

Johnson is the only player in Seattle Storm history to have recorded a triple-double. Against New York on July 24, 2014, Johnson registered 13 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists.

Candace Parker

Parker, despite her multi-faceted game, has only ever recorded one triple-double. Against San Antonio on July 28, 2017, she became the second player to ever record one for the Sparks, with 11 points, 17 rebounds and 11 assists.

Courtney Vandersloot

Vandersloot became the first player in Chicago Sky history to record a triple-double, doing so against Dallas on July 20, 2018. The two-time WNBA All-Star recorded 13 points, 10 rebounds and 15 assists.

Chelsea Gray

Gray became the third player in Los Angeles Sparks history to record a triple-double on July 7, 2019. Against Washington, the three-time WNBA All-Star put up 13 points, 10 rebounds and 13 assists.

Sabrina Ionescu

Not only did Ionescu become the ninth (and youngest) player in WNBA history to record a triple-double, but she did so in commanding fashion against the Lynx. Her 26 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds are second only to Lisa Leslie. Perhaps more importantly, the Liberty are off to a 3-0 start for the first time in 14 years.