Sabrina Ionescu injures left ankle in NY Liberty’s loss to Atlanta Dream

Sabrina Ionescu

New York Liberty star rookie Sabrina Ionescu needed help off the court after suffering an ankle injury on Friday against the Atlanta Dream in the WNBA bubble.

The former OR superstar twisted her ankle after stepping on the right foot of a backpedaling Dream defender and went down at midcourt with 5:10 to go in the second quarter at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida.

Ionescu was 4-for-5 from the field for 10 points, with one assist and one rebound, before she suffered the injury with 5 minutes, 10 seconds left in the second quarter.

Ionescu rolled her left ankle when she stepped on the foot of Atlanta's Betnijah Laney while bringing the ball upcourt Friday and did not return. Head coach Walt Hopkins told reporters after the game that she suffered an ankle sprain and was still being evaluated for further damage.

"There's not a lot of ready-to-go options hanging around", Hopkins said. "It was also helpful to connect with Steph (Curry) on FaceTime to go over what went right and wrong in the opener". "Hopefully it's not serious with Sabrina".

A film session with a two-time MVP and three-time National Basketball Association champion would pay dividends for anyone, and Ionescu was no exception as she rebounded from that to explode for 33 points, seven assists and seven rebounds in her next game against the Dallas Wings.

After struggling in her WNBA debut, Ionescu, the top selection in the 2020 WNBA Draft, filled up the stat sheet with 33 points, seven rebounds and seven assists in Wednesday's loss to the Wings.



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