How many triple-doubles have there been in WNBA history? originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston
Sabrina Ionescu sure knows how to fill up the stat sheet.
The New York Liberty star reminded the basketball world of that on June 12 against the Chicago Sky. Ionescu ended the overtime contest with 27 points, 13 rebounds and 12 assists, but she also used historic speed to notch a triple-double.
The third-year guard made WNBA history in the closing moments of the third quarter by snagging her 10th rebound, becoming the first player to record a triple double before the fourth:
And now she’s just one triple-double away from making WNBA history. After a 31-point, 13-rebound, 10-assist game on July 6 against the Las Vegas Aces, she now has three triple-doubles in her career, tying Sky’s Candace Parker for the most in league history.
— New York Liberty (@nyliberty) July 7, 2022
Here’s a look at where Ionescu’s performance stacks up against other triple-doubles in WNBA history:
How many triple-doubles have occurred in the WNBA?
There have been 17 triple-doubles in WNBA history with 15 coming in the regular season.
How many triple-doubles have there been in WNBA playoff history?
Sheryl Swoopes and Courtney Vandersloot are the only players to record a triple-double in the WNBA playoffs.
Swoopes accomplished the feat in the 2005 Western Conference semifinals against the Seattle Storm. Courtney Vandersloot’s playoff triple-double came in the 2021 league semifinals during a double-overtime thriller against the Connecticut Sun.
Swoopes and Vandersloot also share impressive company in another category involving triple-doubles …
How many WNBA players have multiple triple-doubles?
Swoopes and Vandersloot are joined by Parker and Ionescu as the only players to record multiple triple-doubles in their WNBA careers.
Swoopes’ first came in the 1999 season with the Comets, while Vandersloot’s came in 2018 with the Sky.
Parker got her first triple-double in 2017 with the Los Angeles Sparks. Her next two came with her second team, the Sky, in May and June of this year.
Ionescu became the youngest WNBA player to record multiple triple-doubles, reaching the feat against Vandersloot and Parker. The guard tallied her first triple-double last season and is now up to three for her career.
Who has the most triple-doubles in WNBA history?
Parker and Ionescu both are tied with the most triple-doubles in WNBA history.
Each star currently has tallied three, and since both are active players, this could be a recurring competition to watch for the rest of the season.
Has any WNBA player lost while recording a triple-double?
While Ionescu carried the Liberty with her June 12 performance, it was one of her fellow multi-triple-double members that delivered the dagger to seal a victory for the Sky at Barclays Center.
Vandersloot drilled a go-ahead 3-pointer with 0.9 seconds remaining in overtime to give the Sky an 88-86 win over the Liberty.
With the result, Ionescu joined Temeka Johnson as the only other player to lose a game in which they recorded a triple-double.
Every triple-double in WNBA history
Here’s the list of the 17 triple-doubles in WNBA history, including the postseason:
July 27, 1999: Sheryl Swoopes, Houston Comets – 14 points, 15 rebounds, 10 assists
June 7, 2001: Margo Dydek, Utah Starzz – 12 points, 11 rebounds, 10 blocks
Sept. 9, 2004: Lisa Leslie, Los Angeles Sparks – 29 points, 15 rebounds, 10 blocks
May 21, 2005: Deanna Nolan, Detroit Shock – 11 points, 10 rebounds, 11 assists
Sept. 3, 2005: Sheryl Swoopes, Houston Comets – 14 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists
July 24, 2014: Temeka Johnson, Seattle Storm – 13 points, 10 rebounds, 11 assists
July 28, 2017: Candace Parker, Los Angeles Sparks – 11 points, 17 rebounds, 11 assists
July 20, 2018: Courtney Vandersloot, Chicago Sky – 13 points, 10 rebounds, 15 assists
July 7, 2019: Chelsea Gray, Los Angeles Sparks – 13 points, 10 rebounds, 13 assists
May 18, 2021: Sabrina Ionescu, New York Liberty – 26 points, 10 rebounds, 12 assists
Sept. 29, 2021: Courtney Vandersloot, Chicago Sky – 14 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists
May 22, 2022: Candace Parker, Chicago Sky – 16 points, 13 rebounds, 10 assists
June 12, 2022: Sabrina Ionescu, New York Liberty – 27 points, 13 rebounds, 12 assists
June 23, 2022: Candace Parker, Chicago Sky – 10 points, 10 rebounds, 14 assists
June 28, 2022: Moriah Jefferson, Minnesota Lynx – 13 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists
July 6, 2022: Sabrina Ionescu, New York Liberty – 31 points, 13 rebounds, 10 assists
July 22, 2022: Alyssa Thomas, Connecticut Sun – 15 points, 10 rebounds, 12 assists