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Ionescu Drops 33 in Liberty’s 80-93 Loss to Wings

VIDEO: Hear from members of the New York Liberty after the team’s 80-93 loss to the Dallas Wings on 7/29

 

The two youngest teams in the WNBA matched up Wednesday night and the New York Liberty (0-2) fell to the Dallas Wings (1-1) 80-93.

The Liberty’s first-ever No.1 overall Draft pick Sabrina Ionescu carried New York scoring 33 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists, one point shy of the best single-game rookie performance in Liberty history. Kia Nurse holds the record for her 34-point performance against Indiana on June 2, 2018.

UP NEXT:

New York looks to bounce back and get its first win of the season on Friday, July 31 when the team takes on the Atlanta Dream. Tip-off is slated for 7 PM ET.

KEY STATS:

Sabrina Ionescu drained 6 three pointers from deep tying for second all-time in the WNBA’s rookie records.

The New York Liberty dominated the boards grabbing 44 while Dallas finished the game with 30 total rebounds.

New York shot 75% from the charity stripe (9-12).

The combined average age of the 12-woman active rosters for Dallas and New York (minus Asia Durr who will not play this season) is 24.49 years. There have been four games in WNBA history in which the average age of all players from both teams who played at least one second was 24.5 years or less:

24.1983 years 07/12/2002 MIN 69 at DET 72

24.3242 years 08/02/2007 MIN 66 at NY 71

24.3515 years 07/01/2002 DET 80 at MIN 85 (OT)

24.3822 years 06/01/2007 NY 70 at MIN 60”

Tonight’s matchup against the Wings ties the league record for most rookies played in a game with 10.

10 05/27/2017 Phoenix Mercury vs Dallas Wings

PHO (5): Alexis Prince, Sophie Brunner, Emma Cannon, Yvonne Turner, Stephanie Talbot

DAL (5): Saniya Chong, Allisha Gray, Kaela Davis, Breanna Lewis, Evelyn Akhator

9 08/06/2001 Phoenix Mercury (5) Houston Comets (4)

9 05/24/2008 Sacramento Monarchs (4) Connecticut Sun (5)

9 06/24/2008 Connecticut Sun (5) Detroit Shock (4)

KEY RUNS:

1Q: None. Three ties and two lead changes during this period.

2Q: Dallas went on a 17-32 run against New York and never looked back.

3Q: None. Teams traded baskets for the majority of the quarter.

4Q: None. Teams traded baskets for the majority of the quarter.

LIBERTY NOTES:

Tonight marked Layshia Clarendon’s 200th-career regular season game.

Ionescu, who finished with 33 points on 11-20 shooting from the field, scored nearly half of Liberty’s first half points (21). She connected on two shots form beyond the arc and two baskets from the paint scoring 10 of her 21 first half points in the last two minutes of the second quarter.

Sabrina’s first half performance ties for the team’s best since Tina Charles scored 21 in the first half against Indiana on August 20, 2019.

All Liberty rookies saw action on the floor tonight. The last time five WNBA rookies were on the floor for a team at once was July 30, 2017 DAL v LA (5) Saniya Chong/Evelyn Akhator/Kaela Davis/Allisha Gray/Breanna Lewis.

This is also the last time a single team had 5 rookies play in a game.

Sabrina is the first rookie in Liberty history and 7th in WNBA history to finish a game with 30/5/5.

Layshia Clarendon finished the double-digit figure scoring again (11), after recording a game-high 20 points against the Seattle Storm in the season opener.

Amanda Zahui B was one point shy of a double-double, finishing with nine points and 11 rebounds on the night.

Jazmine Jones and Megan Walker both made their professional debuts tonight, finishing with eight and two points, respectively.

Turnovers plagued the Liberty as the team finished with 18 costing them 22 points in the contest. Last season, New York averaged 15 turnovers against Dallas. In the team’s only 2019 victory over the Wings, they committed only 8 turnovers.

New York improved their three-point shooting against Dallas, finishing 36.0% (9-25) from beyond the perimeter.

For more information on the New York Liberty fans are encouraged to click on the link seen here:

https://liberty.wnba.com/

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