Sabrina Ionescu leads New York Liberty to Game 1 upset, first playoff win since 2015
You could make the argument Sabrina Ionescu has been the most valuable player to her team in the WNBA this season.
The former Oregon star led the New York Liberty to a first-round Game 1 win Wednesday night over the second-seeded Chicago Sky to open up the WNBA Playoffs and take a one-game lead in the best-of-three series. Ionescu scored 22 points, grabbed seven boards, and dished six assists while igniting a late-game charge to secure a 98-91 win over the defending WNBA champs.
For the Liberty, it was their first playoff win since September 23, 2015. And their former No. 1 overall pick was at the controls all night.
— New York Liberty (@nyliberty) August 18, 2022
New York scored the final 13 points of the fourth quarter while Chicago missed 10 of its final 11 shots. Ionescu knocked down a contested wing triple and then an elbow jumper during the run.
Sabrina Ionescu had something to say. pic.twitter.com/6N3COD7hzt
— Steve Jones Jr. (@stevejones20) August 18, 2022
The Liberty will look to advance to the WNBA Playoffs Semi-Finals on Saturday when they play Chicago, once again at Wintrust Arena. The game will be broadcast on ESPN at 9 a.m. PT. Ionescu and New York can either sweep the series or head home for a winner-take-all Game 3 in front of their own fans.