Liberty Upset Aces Behind Ionescu’s Historic Triple-Double

  • The New York Liberty upset the Las Vegas Aces 116-107 on Wednesday night as +500 underdogs.
  • Sabrina Ionescu recorded the first 30-point triple double in WNBA history.
  • The Liberty are back in the playoff race after a 1-7 start.

The New York Liberty upset the Las Vegas Aces 116-107 behind a historic triple-double from Sabrina Ionescu.

The Liberty entered the game a +500 Moneyline underdog at the best WNBA betting sites against the Aces but with Ionescu producing one of the best all-around performances in league history, the Liberty pulled off the victory to snap a two-game losing streak.

First 30-Point Triple-Double in WNBA History

Ionescu had 31 points, 13 rebounds, and 10 assists on Wednesday. She produced the first-ever 30-point triple-double in WNBA history and topped Lisa Leslie’s 29-point triple-double in 2004 as the highest-scoring triple-double in league history. Ionescu and Nikola Jokic are the only players in the NBA or WNBA in the last 40 years to record a 30-point triple-double while shooting 75% from the field and without committing a single turnover.

It was also the third career-triple double for Ionescu, putting her in a tie with Candace Parker for the most by a player in her WNBA career. Ionescu and Parker both have two triple-doubles this season while Minnesota Lynx guard Moriah Jefferson. The total of five triple-doubles this season is the most that the WNBA has had in a single season.

With Ionescu’s tour de force performance, the Liberty tied the league record with 18 three-pointers made and 35 assists issued. The Liberty and Aces also combined to hit a WNBA record 31 three-pointers on Wednesday night while the teams’ total combined score of 223 is a league record for a game decided in regulation time. New York’s 116 points scored is also the most allowed by the Aces in the history of their franchise.

East Player of the Month for June 2022

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Wednesday’s record-breaking game is just the latest in a string of highlights for the third-year player. Ionescu was named to her first All-Star selection last month and earlier this month, she was named as the Kia Eastern Conference Player of the Month for June 2022 after averaging 19.5 points, 8.1 rebounds, 7.2 assists, and 1.3 steals per game with shooting splits of .431/.341/.977 in 34 minutes of action per night.

Ionescu’s strong play in June helped the LIberty secure a 7-4 record during the month, to make up for a dismal 1-7 start in the month of May. The team is 1-1 this month and is 9-12 on the season and in 5th place in the Eastern Conference team standings. The Liberty are just one-half game behind the Dallas Wings who are 10-12 and who occupy the final playoff spot in the league.

The Liberty currently has the 5th best odds to win the WNBA championship but at +5000. They have made the playoffs in 15 out of their 24 years in the league and have made four appearances in the finals. However, they have the most appearances in the WNBA Finals without winning a title. In 2020, they pick Ionescu with their first no. 1 overall pick ever. She led them to their first playoff appearance in four seasons last year.

Shane Acedera / Author

Shane grew up watching the Magic & Bird rivalry but ended up rooting for Detroit's Bad Boys team in the 1990s NBA. He loves to tell sports stories and has been writing about sports since high school. When Shane isn't busy jotting down his thoughts, he's just chillin' at home with his wife Rocelle and their two dogs named Horry and Fisher. He recently added a new family member, adopting a handsome retired K-9 named Ranger.

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