While she was at the University of Oregon, Sabrina Ionescu was setting multiple NCAA records. Though, her team never got the chance to win the coveted championship, thanks to COVID-19. The New York Liberty have the chance to do so after signing Sabrina Ionescu to a contract extension that will last til 2025.
Liberty offseason additions
The Liberty made shockwaves throughout the WNBA this past offseason in their attempt to build a championship roster. Not only did they trade for Jonquel Jones, but they signed Courtney Vandersloot and Breanna Stewart on back-to-back days.
“We couldn’t be more excited to announce Sabrina’s multi-year extension,” Liberty general manager Jonathan Kolb said in a statement. “Her career is already off to a historic start and her will to win is truly unparalleled. Sab has quickly become synonymous with the Liberty franchise, and we look forward to her continued success in New York for many years to come.”
Ionescu, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2020 WNBA Draft had a career season last year, her third in the pros. Not only did she earn all-star bid, but she earned ALL-WNBA second-team honors as well. She did this after being sidelined due to an ankle injury in her first pro season. She then dealt with lingering issues in 2021, before spending last offseason getting healthy.
“I’m thankful and honored to be able to represent the New York Liberty for the next couple years,” Ionescu added. “Joe and Clara Wu Tsai, Jonathan Kolb, and the entire Liberty organization has been nothing short of amazing over my time here, and I’m thrilled to work towards bringing a championship back to New York City.”
Her patience paid dividends, as she finished 2022 as the first player in league history with over 500 points, 200 rebounds and 200 assists in a single season. Through 69 regular-season games, the Oregon product has averaged 14.9 points, 6.4 rebounds and 6.1 assists — the only player with such career averages in WNBA history. Heading into the 2023-24 season, she has three career triple-doubles, which is tied with Candace Parker for second in WNBA History.
After signing Sabrina Ionescu to a contract extension, the Liberty will keep her in New York for the foreseeable future.
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