WNBA’s Star-Studded Liberty off to Hot Start

By Tate Hutchinson

Fresh off of a WNBA Finals appearance, the New York Liberty have continued their success so far in the 2024 season, remaining one of the league’s best teams. With the second-best record in the league (9-2) and on a five-game winning streak, the Liberty appear fit for playoff success yet again. Point guard and 2020 1st overall pick Sabrina Ionescu is averaging 17.2 points per game, a career high in her fourth full-length season, while superstar forward Breanna Stewart has led the team with an elite 19.9 PPG.

Liberty PG Sabrina Ionescu fends off Indiana’s Kristy Wallace during New York’s 104-68 rout of Fever on June 2 (Photo by Brandon Todd/New York Liberty)

2023’s other off-season acquisitions of veteran guard Courtney Vandersloot as well as starting center and former MVP Jonquel Jones have continued their strong play with efficient playmaking and rebounding. Rounding out the starting five is Betnijah Laney-Hamilton, whose strong all-around play has bolstered a Liberty team that leads the league in offensive rating and stands top four in defensive rating.

Led by coach Sandy Brondello, the team’s strong start will be tested with upcoming games on the road against some of the WNBA’s other top teams, such as the Atlanta Dream, defending champion Las Vegas Aces, and the undefeated Connecticut Sun. New York also looks to defend its title as Commissioner’s Cup champions, as their games in the month of June (so far, 3-0) contribute to their record in the league’s in-season tournament.

With outstanding play to start the season in a league with skyrocketing popularity, many eyes will be on New York’s team to live up to the lofty expectations set in 2023. Is 2024 the year for the ever-talented Liberty to win their first title at last?

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