Basketball

Liberty star Sabrina Ionescu exits game with ankle injury

New York top draft pick Sabrina Ionescu injured her ankle in the second quarter against Atlanta and did not return to action in the Liberty's 84-78 loss to the Dream on Friday night.

1st overall pick underwent X-rays, did not return

Sabrina Ionescu of the New York Liberty seen during a game on July 29. Ionescu left the Liberty's contest against the Atlanta Dream on Friday after sustaining a second quarter ankle injury. (Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)

New York top draft pick Sabrina Ionescu injured her ankle in the second quarter against Atlanta and did not return to action in the Liberty's 84-78 loss to the Dream on Friday night.

Ionescu, the No. 1 pick in April's draft, was bringing the ball up court and rolled her left ankle when she got tangled up with Atlanta's Betnijah Laney with about five minutes left in the opening half. She finished with 10 points on 4-of-5 shooting.

According to NBA TV, Ionescu sprained her ankle and underwent X-rays.

After the game, Liberty coach Walt Hopkins said Ionescu was still being evaluated.

WATCH | Ionescu leaves game with injury:

First-overall draft pick Sabrina Ionescu had to be carried off the court after injuring her ankle in the New York Liberty's 84-78 loss to the Atlanta Dream on Friday night. 1:35
Ionescu, who won AP All-American honours three times at Oregon, shattered the NCAA career triple-double mark (for both men and women) with 26 and became the first player in college history to have 2,000 points, 1,000 rebounds and 1,000 assists.

She helped the Ducks win the Pac-12 regular-season and tournament titles as a senior while averaging 17.5 points, 9.1 assists and 8.6 rebounds. She was named the conference's most outstanding player of the tournament and of the regular season.

The 5-foot-11 guard was also named AP Player of the Year and won the Wooden Award, the Naismith Trophy and Wade Trophy.

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