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After Deal With $36.8 Billion Co., WNBA’s ‘Stephen Curry’ Sabrina Ionescu Overtakes 41YO WNBA Veteran in Unreal Achievement

Published 09/08/2023, 6:10 AM EDT

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Often hailed as being the WNBA’s ‘Stephen Curry‘, Sabrina Ionescu is in the news once again. Much like how Curry has revolutionized the NBA with his three-point shooting, Ionescu has added a new dimension to the WNBA with her deep three-pointers. And on Thursday night, Sabrina Ionescu overtook a 41 WNBA YO veteran in an unreal achievement.

Further, this is following her successful deal with a $36.8 billion company.

Sabrina Ionescu makes history

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The New York Liberty defeated the Los Angeles Sparks with a final score of 96-89 Thursday night in an exciting matchup. Breanna Stewart put on a stellar performance, scoring 25 points to help the Liberty claim victory. The night’s highlight, though, came to Sabrina Ionescu, who with 124 made 3-pointers this season that shattered Diana Taurasi’s previous single-season record.

Now, New York (32-7) is only half a game behind Las Vegas in the race for the No. 1 seed in the playoffs. While the Aces play a pivotal home-and-home series with Phoenix, their regular season will come to an end with a home game versus Washington. The Sparks (16-23) are now in a tight competition for the last playoff berth, trailing Chicago by just a half-game as a result of the setback. Los Angeles must defeat Seattle on Sunday and hope that Chicago lose their final two games in order to guarantee a spot in the playoffs.

Meanwhile, Nike, who has a deal with Ionescu reacted to her accomplishment.

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Nike dedicated an Instagram post to her latest accomplishment. The international shoe company put up a post of her in her jersey, hailing her as the ‘Queen of the Three.’

The post has the caption, ” This season’s forecast: reigning threes. Congratulations @sabrina_i on becoming the WNBA’s single season 3-point record holder. An incredible accomplishment during an amazing season. Keep getting buckets.”

 

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Sabrina Ionescu expressed her gratitude for breaking the record, previously held by Taurasi. She said, “It’s an honor, any time you’re able to pass arguably the greatest basketball player that ever played in the WNBA.”

Meanwhile, let’s take a look at her deal with Nike.

Sabrina Ionescu secures a deal with Nike

Sabrina Ionescu secured a $24 million endorsement deal with Nike in April 2020. Her first signature line, appropriately dubbed the ‘Nike Sabrina 1s,’ was finally unveiled by Nike on March 16, 2023. With this move, Sabrina Ionescu joined Elena Delle Donne in the exclusive club of female athletes wearing signature sneakers.

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The Sabrina 1s basketball shoe is made for speed and agility and incorporates characteristics drawn from Ionescu’s Romanian ancestry. The shoes include a Zoom Air unit in the forefoot. It also comes with full-length Nike React cushioning for the best performance possible on the court. Additionally, a midfoot band system with locking cables and additional security guarantees a snug fit.

Ionescu becomes the first female basketball star to launch a unisex signature line with Nike. Sabrina Ionescu’s signature Nike Sabrina 1 sneaker had its release in the ‘Spark’ and ‘Ionic’ colorways. These sneakers went on sale for $130 each on September 1st through the Nike SNKRS app.

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What are your thoughts on the Nike Sabrina 1s by the Queen of the Three? Let us know in the comments below!

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