Caitlin Clark and Sabrina Ionescu form a power couple: What did they bond over?

The WNBA and NCAA stars are experts from the three-point line

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It’s been a very good week for female basketball players, aside from some sexist comments aired on a broadcast. Caitlin Clark shattered the NCAA record for most points and Sabrina Ionescu almost defeated Steph Curry in a three-point contest… And now they’ve partnered up online.

Clark, of the Iowa Hawkeyes in the NCAA, surpassed Kelsey Plum‘s points record against the Michigan Wolverines and earned a plethora of recognition from athletes such as Coco Gauff and ex-New England Patriot, Tom Brady.

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Are Kenny Smith’s comments on Sabrina Ionescu’s shooting range sexist ?

Meanwhile Curry, who plays for the Golden State Warriors, just edged out Ionescu by three points (29-26) in their three-point contest despite Ionescu shooting from the NBA line instead of the WNBA line placing her in more unfamiliar territory.

For her efforts throughout her career, the Romanian-American, who plays for the New York Liberty, earned a sponsorship with Nike and it’s something that the $800,000 NIL Clark referenced.

She reposted a promotion for Ionescu and added four fire emojis to a photo of Ionescu hanging in the air to sink a three pointer captioned by the Liberty star, “If you can shoot, you can shoot.”

Ionescu will be a role model for Clark who is on a similar career trajectory as things stand. Ionescu completed a five-season tenure with the Oregon Ducks in the NCAA, where she made an indelible mark.

She secured the NCAA women’s record for triple-doubles and stands alone as the sole women’s player to achieve over 2,000 points, 1,000 assists, and 1,000 rebounds in collegiate basketball.

Her exceptional talent garnered attention, leading to her selection as the No. 1 overall pick by the New York Liberty in the 2020 WNBA draft. Since turning professional, the point guard has already garnered two All-Star distinctions, showcasing her prowess and potential in the professional league.

Ionescu’s message is a shot to her hater

Ionescu‘s “if you can shoot, you can shoot” message might not be meant for her fans but it could be aimed for Kenny Smith.

As he commented on the three-point contest between Ionescu and the Golden State Warrior, he decided to suggest she should have shot from the WNBA line (and Curry from the NBA) to make it a “fairer contest”.

His co-commentator rubbished the claim and, to be honest, it was ludicrous anyway. Ionescu was defeated by three baskets and it wasn’t like Curry set a bad score or had an off-day, he scored 29 points himself.

In fact, Ionescu‘s score would have beaten most male players so she can certainly shoot, something she potentially reminded Smith of.

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