The first night of WNBA action has not disappointed in the slightest. Between a strong slate of games and Sabrina Ionescu starting off the evening with an incredible last-second, game-winning 3-pointer for the New York Liberty, basketball fans have gotten everything they’ve wanted and more.
On Friday, during the Liberty’s game against the Indiana Fever, fans were looking at a possible overtime with the score deadlocked at 87 with less than 10 seconds remaining. With New York holding possession, Ionescu received the ball and was able to fire off a shot from beyond the 3-point line after getting her feet set with two seconds remaining.
And the shot was good! A complete no-doubter at that, too, for the game-winning shot.
SABRINA FOR THE WIN. ICE COLD ❄️ pic.twitter.com/XEHFXemqGv
Ionescu’s celebration with her teammates says it all. Not only did it win the game, this was just Ionescu’s fourth career WNBA game after the No. 1 overall pick in 2020 missed the majority of last season due to injury.
What awesome stuff from the 23-year-old.
“I wanted it.” – Sabrina Ionescu pic.twitter.com/aN6SkQpUyY
We should have known Ionescu was going to pull off some stellar stuff on Friday, as her pregame outfit consisted of a Kobe Bryant jersey, a tribute to her friend from one basketball great to another.
Sabrina Ionescu arrives for her season debut 💜 💛
(via @nyliberty) pic.twitter.com/uBAtIltfpp
Welcome back to the court, Ionescu. The basketball world is happy to have you back.
Sabrina Ionescu celebrates her last-second 3-pointer in the New York Liberty's season opener. (Photo: Sarah Stier, Getty Images)
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