Breanna Stewart is making a good first impression in New York, as her outstanding performance in Sunday’s 89-71 victory over the Phoenix Mercury etched her name once more into history.
According to research conducted by ESPN Stats & Information, Stewart became the first player in WNBA history to record at least 200 points, 100 rebounds, and 40 assists in their first ten games of a season. Stewart had 28 points, 14 rebounds, and seven assists in the victory.
Stewart signed with the Liberty as an unrestricted free agent this past winter after spending her first six years in the WNBA with the Seattle Storm. She has contributed to New York’s 7-3 record thus far this season by averaging 23.4 points, 10.4 rebounds, and 3.7 assists.
Stewart stated, “I wanted to make an assertive effort to be aggressive.” especially at the beginning of the game, and I hope that everyone will follow suit. At times the ball doesn’t fall in the crate and that happened last game. Theory of probability, things sort of even out a smidgen.”
Stewart scored 23 points in the first half to give New York a 53-34 lead over Phoenix.
With 6:01 left in the fourth quarter, Phoenix cut a 19-point deficit to 72-64 thanks to an 11-0 run that included nine points from Sophie Cunningham.
Betnijah Laney made a jumper to restore the double-digit advantage, and Stewart made a free throw to end the drought for New York. The rest of the way, Phoenix never posed any threat.
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