The Golden State Warriors superstar had one word in response to New York Liberty guard Sabrina Ionescu’s performance, Tuesday night.
Ionescu, the No. 1 overall pick by the New York Liberty out of Oregon, rebounded from her lackluster WNBA debut the best way possible: 33 points, 7 boards and 7 assists against the Dallas Wings.
Ionescu channeled her inner Curry, converting 11-of-20 field goals, including 6-of-10 3-pointers. The 5-foot-11 guard netted 5-of-5 free throws as well. Although it didn’t result in a victory, this was a drastic improvement from her debut against the Seattle Storm, Sat. afternoon (12 points on 4-of-17 shooting, including 0-of-8 from long range and 4-of-4 from the charity stripe, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and a steal in an 87-71 defeat).
It’s no secret that Curry and Ionescu have an amicable friendship. Ionescu strongly considered joining him at Under Armour before settling for a multi-year endorsement contract with the more popular shoe company in Nike.
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Ionescu has been in the national spotlight since mid-November with the Ducks. The 5-foot-11 guard averaged 17.5 points, 9.1 assists and 8.6 rebounds en route to leading the Ducks to a 31-2 record and the Pac-12 championship. They were strong favorites to dethrone Baylor for the national championship as well before the cancellation of sports in mid-March due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Through her first two WNBA games, Ionescu is averaging 22.5 points, 6.5 boards and 5.5 assists in 34 minutes of action. The 5-foot-11 guard is shooting 40.5 percent from the field, including 33.3 percent from beyond the arc and converted 9-of-9 free throws.
The Liberty will continue searching for their first victory of the season Friday night against Monique Billings and the Atlanta Dream.