Ionescu earns eleventh all-time All-WNBA Second Team honor in Liberty history; first since 2015
NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 15, 2022 – The WNBA announced today that New York Liberty guard Sabrina Ionescu has been voted to the 2022 All-WNBA Second Team, becoming the eighth player in Liberty franchise history to earn a Second Team selection.
Ionescu’s 2022 All-WNBA Second Team honor caps off her historic third-year campaign, where she also earned a spot on the Associated Press First Team, two KIA WNBA Eastern Conference Player of the Month honors (June and August 2022), four total Eastern Conference Player of the Week nods, and her first-ever WNBA All-Star appearance where she was voted a starter and won the 2022 WNBA Skills Challenge.
“I’m honored to be named to the All-WNBA Second Team alongside some of the league’s very best,” said Ionescu. “Coming into this year healthy was a difference-maker, and I feel like we’ve only scratched the surface as to what we can accomplish together.” Sabrina added, “as exciting as this award is, I’m even more excited for the future of the New York Liberty organization.”
Through the 36-game season, where she played and started in every game, the 2020 No. 1 overall selection averaged 17.4 points, 7.1 rebounds, and 6.3 rebounds per game while shooting 41.1% from the field, 33.3% from three and 93.1% at the free throw line. Sabrina etched her name into the record books after becoming the first-ever WNBA player to amass 500+ points, 200+ rebounds and 200+ assists in a single season on August 6.
Currently tied for the all-time WNBA triple-double record (three) after recording two this year, Ionescu tallied the league’s first-ever triple-double in less than three quarters on June 12 and the first-ever 30-plus point triple-double on July 6. Additionally, Sabrina became the fastest Liberty draftee to eclipse the 1,000-career point mark in just 66 games and now holds the single-season franchise assist record with 228.
In her second full WNBA season, Sabrina led New York to its second consecutive playoff berth where the Liberty secured their first postseason victory since 2015 and hosted its first home playoff game since 2017.
Ionescu is currently on Team USA’s training camp roster ahead of the 2022 FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup in Sydney, Australia from September 22 to October 1, 2022.