W.N.B.A. Rookie Showdown Halted by Ionescu Injury

by 24USATVAug. 2, 2020, 3 a.m. 29
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Sabrina Ionescu accidentally stepped on Betnijah Laney’s foot near midcourt, then dropped to the floor after rolling her left ankle.

What was supposed to be an early-season showdown between the Liberty guard Ionescu and the Atlanta Dream’s Chennedy Carter, two of the top W.N.B.A. rookie of the year contenders, took an abrupt turn in the second quarter on Friday night.

Ionescu, unable to put weight on her left leg, slung her arms around the shoulders of two team staff members as they helped her off the floor. She was found to have a sprained ankle, and underwent X-rays as the game at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., continued. The team said Saturday that doctors believed the sprain would not require surgery.

Carter also could not finish her third professional game. She struggled early, converted a string of key buckets down the stretch, and then fouled out with less than two minutes to play.

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