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How Sabrina Ionescu began her quest to become a household name

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Everyone knows of Sabrina Ionescu. 

She was named Pac-12 Player of the Year on three occasions and took home the National Player of the Year for all major awards. Before she joined the WNBA ranks, Ionescu averaged 17.5 points, 9.1 assists, 8.6 rebounds per game as a senior at Oregon.

Ionescu rewrote the history books throughout her four-year prestigious career with the Ducks as an all-time leader in career triple-doubles in the NCAA with 26 and the Pac-12 Conference all-time leader in assists. She's also the only NCAA Division I basketball player to record 2,000 points, 1,000 assists, and 1,000 rebounds in a career.

Ionescu went on to the selected No. 1 overall by the New York Liberty in the 2020 WNBA Draft. 

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But, all greatness must have a beginning. And while there were many workouts and training sessions people didn't see that began Ionescu's journey, it was on this day in 2016, in her seventh game as a Duck, that Sabrina began her case for G.O.A.T. status. 

It was Oregon's first triple-double since 1988 as the Ducks beat San Jose State 91-62 in their final game at the Rainbow Wahine Showdown.

It comes as no surprise. Ionescu had 21 triple-doubles in high school.  

Ionescu would go on to have 25 more triple-doubles throughout her collegiate career, more than doubling the next closest collegiate athlete in history and would supplant herself as the greatest collegiate women's basketball player of all-time.

 

On August 1, 2020, Ionescu sustained a grade 3 sprain to her left ankle during a game vs. the Atlanta Dream. In November, she underwent a minor procedure to remove calcified scar tissue that was irritating a tendon behind her ankle.

“With the long offseason, I am committed to returning in 2021 fully prepared to rejoin my team and jumpstart my WNBA career,” said Ionescu. “My rehab has been going very well and I look forward to getting back on the court.”

And while the beginning of Ionescu's household name status began four years ago, we all know we're still in the beginning stages in witnessing exactly what Ionescu can do and accomplish!