Stay the course. When you get knocked down, you get back up. You stick with it and trust that what you do will pay off. Persistence goes a long way, and when you’ve made it out of the storm you feel proud of what you’ve been able to accomplish and hope for what the future holds for you.
The first two years of Sabrina Ionescu WNBA Journey was pretty rough. A nagging ankle injury ended her 2020 season and limited her effectiveness in 2021. Though there were major flashes in the first two years, she had not yet taken that next step and had yet to fully step into the ranks of basketball’s elite guard. In 2022, she reminded people how excellent she is.
On Thursday night, the WNBA announced that Ionescu had been named to the All-WNBA second team.
She is the first Liberty player to be named an All-WNBA since Epiphany Prince in 2015. Joining her on the team were:
- Nneka Ogwumike of the Los Angeles Sparks
- Alyssa Thomas of Connecticut Sun
- Sylvia Fowles of the Minnesota Lynx
- Jonquel Jones from The Sun
In the first team were:
- 2022 MVP and Defensive Player of the Year, A’ja Wilson of the Las Vegas Aces
- Breanna Stewart of the Seattle Storm
- Chicago Sky’s Candace Parker
- Skylar Diggins Smith of the Phoenix Mercury
- Kelsey Plum of the Aces
in one expressionsaid the Liberty All Star:
“I’m honored to be named to the All-WNBA Second Team alongside some of the best in the league. Coming into this year healthy has made all the difference and I feel like we’ve only scratched the surface of what we can achieve together.” “As exciting as this award is, I’m even more excited for the future the organization New York Liberty.”
The award was well deserved for Sab as she finished:
- Eighth in standings (17.4 points per game on .411/.333/.931 shooting splits)
- 12th in rebounding (7.1 rebounds per game)
- Third in assists (6.3 dimes per game)
- Seventh in minutes (32.4 minutes per game)
She also appeared in every game for the first time in her career. Ionescu has a lot of responsibility on her shoulders, but she’s stepped up and led the way for a rising Liberty franchise. She’s had her fair share of incredible moments along the way
She’s already one of the all-time triple-doubles Leader in W history and joined her All WNBA peers CP and AT. Pretty, pretty, pretty good!
With Ionescu getting better by the day, the defense has taken their toll on them even more. After a dominant win against the Lynx in Junewe asked Ionescu how to deal with all the different reports being thrown at her, and here’s what she told us:
The staff write over there The next helped explain why Sab received this award, Write:
“By the end of the regular season, she was averaging over 15 points, five rebounds and five assists per game, something only Candace Parker has managed to date. But beyond that, Ionescu greatly improved their game and broke countless records. and was an important part of the effort to get New York into the playoffs.”
Ionescu is healthy and on the rise. At their end of the season interview, she mentioned that she’s excited to take her game even further this offseason and not have to rehabilitate her ankle. The Liberty believe they can break into the top 4 in the WNBA rankings, and with Ionescu on the run, they have a chance to do that and more.
A cut above
The good news didn’t stop there. When you think back to her interview with Rich Kleiman from boardroom x 35 ventures, she spoke about her partnership with Nike and the investment they have in women’s sports. Sab and Devin Booker from the Phoenix Suns are the faces of the new Nike Air Zoom GT Cut 2.
Ionescu is one of the future faces of the WNBA and she, along with the new class of Superstars like A’ja Wilson, will help take the game to new heights.
On to the gold
With the WNBA season coming to an end in just a few days, the basketball world is turning to Australia! It’s hosting this year’s FIBA Women’s Basketball World Championship as the United States seeks to bring home another gold.
The Liberty will be well represented at the World Cup. Ionescu, Betnijah Laney and Stef Dolson are in Australia for a training camp and are good bets to make the squad when the final squads are announced on September 20. Dolson in particular has a lot of Team USA experience as she won a 3×3 gold medal at the last Olympics and also has several other FIBA gold medals to her name. When the finals are over, the entire Team USA cohort will be ready to make it happen and try to keep the gold in the United States.
Not to be outdone, a few other members of the Libs are in Australia hoping to bring home gold for their countries. Marine Johannes is here with the French national team. Han Xu plays an important role for the Chinese national team. 2022 draft pick, Sika Kone, wowed people in the qualifiers and has a chance to become even more popular with a strong performance here. And the host country, Australia, will try to show itself in front of the locals.
Australia have a versatile winger, Rebecca Allen, a three-point ace and veteran leader, Sami Whitcomb, and head coach, Sandy Brondello. Australia is also being buoyed by the return of Basketball Hall of Famer and legend Lauren Jackson. Basketball is forever and the tournament begins on September 21st. Fasten your seat belt!