“Mikaela came to the camp before the season as perhaps the most consistent shooter on the team. She was knocking down every shot,” Hopkins said. “She was really away at the camp because of her athletic ability, explosion, variety of defenses, and her personality.”
In the opening round, Onien scored 18 points against Indiana, winning the Sabrinaionesque match with three points less than a second left. Onien closed the first month of his professional career, scoring a season-high 29 points against Atlanta.
“Come in, I didn’t expect any of this,” said Onienware. “I didn’t put too much pressure on myself, because I knew I wouldn’t be free to play the way I wanted.” She continued to play with joy and purpose, but with a shooting arm. An elbow injury affected her 3-point accuracy.
“Mike sometimes rises because pressure doesn’t affect her like it affects others,” Hopkins said using the Onienware nickname. “I don’t think she internalized it. I don’t think it would be such an emotional burden on her. It’s like” OK, cool, I got you. ” I think, and I admire it. That’s not normal. It’s a rare feature. “
After starting Season 5-1 Liberty was a toast to the league, easily surpassing the sum of the wins from the 2-20 blunder last season. The team’s first season at Barclays Center promised mainly due to the return of Ionesque, who was number one overall in 2020 from Oregon, who had a bad ankle sprain in his third WNBA game and missed the rest of the rookie season. it was done.
Ionescu led the team with hype, and “The Next Queen of New York” read the April / May cover of Slam Magazine, starred as a two-guard at college, then played a point guard, and so on. I gradually adapted to the task.
“It seems that Subs played two games and never played to become the Queen of New York in New York,” Hopkins said. “She just did a really great job of balancing expectations that might have been unrealistic for a newcomer.”