Breanna Stewart Sets Liberty Scoring Record with 45 PTS in 90-73 Win


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May 21, 2023

  Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 FINAL
LIBERTY 36 26 23 5 90
FEVER 14 21 20 18 73


POINTS Stewart (45) Smith (16)
REBOUNDS Stewart (12) Smith (12)
ASSISTS Ionescu, Vandersloot (8) Mitchell (3)



In Sunday’s home opener, the New York Liberty (1-1) defeated the Indiana Fever (0-2), 90-73, in the first game of their 2023 four-game season series.

At Barclays Center, the Liberty finished on 48.5% (33-68) shooting from the field, 48.3% (14-29) from three, and 90.9% (10-11) at the free throw line.

With their 36 first-quarter points, New York set a franchise first-quarter scoring record, and their six makes from deep were one shy of eclipsing the franchise’s first-quarter record for made triples.

New York’s 28 assists tied the franchise record for the seventh-most assists in a single game.

Breanna Stewart’s 45 points in her Barclays Center debut is the second-most all-time by a home player in their debut––Liberty or Nets. With Stewart’s 30:14 minutes played, this is the most points scored in under 31 minutes played in WNBA history.

Up Next: The New York Liberty will host the Connecticut Sun on Saturday, May 27, at 1 p.m. ET.


Q1: New York opened the game on a 15-5 run through the 6:55 mark of the period and went on a 13-3 run from the 3:16 mark through the end of the first.

Q2: Indiana went on a 13-5 run from the 8:36 mark of the second to the 4:11 mark of the period.

Q3: New York went on a 13-5 run from the 5:12 mark of the third to the 8:55 mark of the fourth period.

Q4: Indiana went on an 18-3 run from the 7:56 mark of the fourth to the 0:14 mark of the period.


New York finished with three double-figure scorers in today’s game (Stewart, Jones, Vandersloot).

Highlighted by 19 first-quarter points, including four three-point makes, Breanna Stewart finished with a franchise-high 45 points on 71.4% (15-21) shooting from the floor, including 66.7% (6-9) from deep, 12 rebounds, and three assists. This marked her second-consecutive double-double.

Her 45-point performance is the second-most all-time by a home player in their Barclays Center debut––Liberty or Nets, and this is the most points scored in under 31 minutes played in WNBA history.

Today, Stewart set career-highs in scoring (45), three-pointers made (6), the new Liberty all-time scoring record, and a new franchise record for made field goals (15). Her 29 first-half points set a new career-high for first-half scoring––one point shy of the most-ever in first-half scoring in WNBA history.

Jonquel Jones finished with 14 points on 60% (6-10) shooting from the floor, including 100% (2-2) from three, and three rebounds.

Courtney Vandersloot finished with 11 points on 50% (5-10) shooting from the field, including 50% (1-2) from three, and eight assists, tying the game-high for assists.

Sabrina Ionescu finished with nine points in a near-triple-double outing, including 33.3% (3-9) shooting from deep, eight assists, eight rebounds, and two steals.

 For Indiana, NaLyssa Smith finished with 16 points and 12 rebounds, while Aliyah Boston added 15 points and four rebounds.