Bradenton, Florida - Professional basketball has returned in the United States with the WNBA at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida.
The first game of the season opening triple-header was a matchup between Central New York's own Breanna Stewart and the Seattle Storm against this year's No. 1 overall draft pick, Sabrina Ionescu and the New York Liberty.
The league has dedicated this year to social justice reform with each of the players adding Breonna Taylor's name on the back of their jerseys. Demanding justice for the 26-year old woman who was killed in her home while asleep by police officers.
The young and refreshed New York Liberty – with 7 rookies on the roster and a brand new head coach Walt Hopkins (the youngest in the league) – put up a good fight against the title favorites.
In the first quarter, Ionescu scored her first WNBA bucket off of her own rebound, put-back - very fitting for the so-called triple-double queen.
*She is the only NCAA Division I player to tally: 2,000 points, 1,000 rebounds and 1,000 career assists.
Ionescu finished with 12 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists on the day.
Stewart returned to the floor today after recovering from an Achilles injury that had her sidelined last season.
She tallied 18 points and 8 rebounds in the season opener.
Seattle wins 87-71.