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Sabrina Ionescu becomes youngest WNBA player to record a triple-double

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College basketball's all-time leader in triple-doubles won't stop collecting them.

In just her sixth career WNBA game, former Oregon Duck Sabrina Ionescu became the youngest player in WNBA history to record a triple-double at 23.46 years old, scoring 26 points, dishing out 12 assists and grabbing 10 rebounds in an 96-75 victory over the Minnesota Lynx.

Ionescu is just the ninth player in league history to record a triple-double with only Sheryl Swoopes (1999, 2005) recording more than one of them, with one occurring in the postseason. The Oregon legend is one triple-double away from breaking the WNBA record for regular-season triple-doubles in a career. 

The GOAT has gotten off to a hot start hitting a game-winning shot in her sophomore season debut and then a triple-double in New York's third game.

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She even hit a three-pointer from the logo on Tuesday. 

In 2020, New York won just two games the whole season, in large part because Ionescu suffered a season-ending injury in her third game. Fast forward to 2021, the Liberty are 3-0 and haven't even welcomed 3x WNBA Champ and 2019 Defensive Player of the Year Natsha Howard to the lineup yet.

Through three games this season, Ionescu is averaging 21.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 9.0 assists per game. 

She is the NCAA leader in career triple-doubles (26) after a senior season where she averaged 17.5 points, 8.6 rebounds and 9.1 assists for the Oregon Ducks in 2019-20.

 

Ionescu is the first player (male or female) in NCAA history to reach 2,000 points, 1,000 rebounds and 1,000 assists in college basketball. 

 Simply put, she is the best.