Sabrina Ionescu recorded the best stat line of her career when she dropped a 31-point, 13-rebound, 10-assist triple-double in Wednesday’s 116-107 win against the Las Vegas Aces. Ionescu’s performance tied her with Candace Parker for the most triple-doubles in a WNBA career after becoming the first WNBA history player to record a 30-point triple-double.
At just 24-years-old, Ionescu has already recorded three career triple-doubles. She also joins Parker as the only player to have multiple triple-doubles in the same season.
The Liberty snapped a two-game losing streak thanks to Ionescu’s brilliance, and the team’s 116 points are the most in franchise history. The wild back-and-forth contest saw the Liberty and Aces score a W-record 223 combined points. New York and Las Vegas combined to make a League-record 31 three-pointers, with the Liberty hitting 18 shots from beyond the arc.
Ionescu also made history as she became the first player in WNBA history to record a triple-double without committing a single turnover.
“I was just really trying to take care of the ball, I thought that was really important,” Ionescu said after the game, per ESPN’s Mechelle Voepel. “As a point guard and the primary ball-handler, just wanting to continue to work on that part of the game.
She also shot a career-high 7-of-8 from three and an efficient 10-of-13 from the field.
“I’m just trying to be the best that I can every time I step out on the floor. It’s me versus me. I’m trying to get better and continue to learn from all the situations that I’ve been put in.”
After a 1-7 start to the season, New York is now 9-12 and within a half a game of the playoffs. The Liberty has a Thursday night road game against the Phoenix Mercury to end the first half of the season.
Ionescu will represent New York on Sunday as an All-Star starter for Team Wilson, led by Aces star A’ja Wilson.