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Sport Oregon Ducks star Sabrina Ionescu rocks Liberty merch for first time

20:36  02 july  2020
20:36  02 july  2020 Source:   nbcsports.com

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Oregon Ducks star Sabrina Ionescu rocks Liberty merch for first time originally appeared on NBC Sports Northwest

The moment you've all been waiting for is here.

We are finally getting a look at Sabrina Ionescu in her New York Liberty threads and we need a Liberty seafoam green jersey...STAT!

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The No. 1 draft pick and former Oregon Duck took her swag level to the extreme in the Liberty's latest post which features Ionescu in mint and then again in black on a Times Square-esque billboard.

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It's no surprise her brand new jersey sold out from the WNBA merchandise site in less than an hour. Take a look:

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The Ionescu threads became so popular that some shops began selling jersey t-shirts as a lower-cost alternative to rep the G.O.A.T.

This isn't the first or last time Ionescu has made wearing a women's basketball jersey a pretty big deal. Nike began making her Ducks jersey in November 2019 and sold out within the first two hours.

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Nike made it official with the triple-double queen after she moved across the country to join the Liberty, signing Ionescu to an endorsement deal. Now, WNBA fans all across the country can rep Ionescu with pride even when there's no game.

In her four-year college career, the Oregon sensation became the first player in NCAA history, male or female, to reach 2,000 points, 1,000 rebounds and 1,000 assists in a career. Ionescu took home two Wooden Awards given to the nation's top college player and quickly vaulted as the nation's premier college basketball player.

She returned to Eugene for her senior year in hopes of pursuing a national championship. The Ducks were a projected No. 1 seed in the 2020 NCAA Tournament before it was canceled due to COVID-19.

Ionescu never completed her "unfinished business" at Oregon, but soon she'll be fulfilling another dream come true as she steps on the court at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, as a member of the Liberty.

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