As the 2020 WNBA’s semifinal series continue in Bradenton, Florida it’s been a good time for teams who are no longer in the playoffs to reflect.
For Oregon Ducks standout Sabrina Ionescu, the 2020 WNBA season was over before it really even began.
In a recent interview with Marc Stein of the New York Times, Ionescu shared her journey over the past few months from the start of her rookie season to how she’s feeling now after suffering a Grade 3 ankle sprain, which she says is “definitely” the worst injury she’s had in her basketball career.
The New York Liberty rookie suffered the injury in the Liberty’s third game of the WNBA’s shortened season back on July 31.
The general range for recovery of a Grade 3 sprain varies, but on average it is anywhere from several weeks to several months.
The WNBA star has taken it all in stride, though.
“It happens,” Ionsecu told Stein. “It really wasn’t the end of the world. It wasn’t like my senior year of college or anything. I’ll have many, many more opportunities to play in the league, so it really wasn’t like a devastating experience. I kind of just took it for what it was and moved on."
Ionescu missed just four games during her entire college career in Eugene. The four games were during her freshman season because of a thumb injury. She did not miss any games her sophomore, junior or senior season with the Ducks.
The good news now is Ionescu has made a lot of progress over the past couple of months.
Said Ionescu, “I’m able to do just about everything that I want. I’m not playing live now and probably won’t be for a while, just because there’s no point playing live. It’s not necessarily for my health or my ankle, but just due to Covid-19 and everything going on. I don’t really feel like I want to go to a gym and start playing with random people at this point.”
The No. 1 overall pick in the 2020 WNBA Draft averaged 18.3 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 4.0 assists in her limited time on the floor this season.
She is thankful she doesn't need to rush back and push herself too hard, too soon.
Check out the full interview with Ionescu right here.
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