New York Liberty star Sabrina Ionescu only needed the first three quarters Sunday to record her second career triple-double. She notched 14 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists all before the final frame of Sunday’s game against the Chicago Sky.
Ionescu finished with 27 points, 13 rebounds and 12 assists behind 56.3 percent shooting from the field and 50 percent from beyond the arc.
At 24 years old, Ionescu is the youngest WNBA player to log a second career triple-double. The record had been held by Courtney Vandersloot, who got her second at 32 years old. Only four players, including Ionescu, have multiple triple-doubles, with Sunday’s feat marking just the 11th triple-double in league history.
The Liberty guard’s first triple-double came in May 2021, when she dropped 26 points, ten rebounds and 12 assists over the Minnesota Lynx.
With that rebound, @sabrina_i20 officially notches her 2nd career triple-double 🤩She is the ONLY WNBA player to record a triple-double through the first 3Q 👏 pic.twitter.com/y0rSLJlXcx— WNBA (@WNBA) June 12, 2022
With that rebound, @sabrina_i20 officially notches her 2nd career triple-double 🤩She is the ONLY WNBA player to record a triple-double through the first 3Q 👏 pic.twitter.com/y0rSLJlXcx
Ionescu’s record afternoon, however, wasn’t enough to lift the Liberty over the defending champion Sky.
A game-sealing three-pointer from Vandersloot capped off a late-game push from the Sky, securing Chicago an 88-86 win.