Sabrina Ionescu was forced to leave the New York Liberty’s game against the Atlanta Dream on Friday after suffering an ankle injury in the second quarter. The No. 1 overall pick in the 2020 WNBA Draft rolled her ankle while quickly bringing the ball up the court, which caused her to awkwardly step on the foot of Atlanta’s Betnijah Laney.
Ionescu had to be helped off of the court following the incident that caused her injury. She was taken to the locker room so that she could be evaluated, and it was determined to be an ankle sprain, per the Liberty.
According to The Athletic’s Shams Charania, x-rays on Ionescu’s left ankle came back negative.
The Liberty were leading 27-25 at the time of her leaving the game. Ionescu was leading her team in scoring with 10 points to that point of the game at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. She got that total in just 12 minutes of play. New York was able to hold off Atlanta for the rest of the period, leading 43-41 at halftime.
LeBron James expressed sympathy towards Ionescu on Twitter in response to her injury.
The former Oregon Ducks star is just one game removed from a spectacular performance against the Dallas Wings. She had dropped 33 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists in the 93-80 loss
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