Breanna Stewart sets WNBA record with 3rd 40-point game this season, Liberty beats Fever 100-89

New York Liberty's Breanna Stewart, of Team Stewart, drives around Las Vegas Aces' Chelsea Gray, of Team Wilson, during the second half of a WNBA All-Star basketball game Saturday, July 15, 2023, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher) (John Locher, Copyright 2023 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

INDIANAPOLIS – Breanna Stewart scored 30 of her 42 points in the first half to help the New York Liberty beat the Indiana Fever 100-89 on Sunday and set a franchise record for wins in a season.

New York (24-6) has won six games in a row and 10 of its last 11.

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Stewart, who scored 45 points in a 90-73 win over the Fever on May 21 and a 43-point performance against the Phoenix Mercury on July 5, became the first player in WNBA history to score at least 40 points three times in the same season. Stewart joins Diana Taurasi (4) and Maya Moore (3) as the only players to top the 40-point plateau three times in their career.

Jonquel Jones had 15 points and 12 rebounds for the Liberty, Betnijah Laney scored 12 and Sabrina Ionescu 10. Courtney Vandersloot scored just four points on 1-of-7 shooting but finished with 14 assists.

Ionescu hit two 3-pointers, giving her 101 made 3s this year to join Taurasi and Kelsey Plum as the only players in league history with 100-plus 3s in a single season.

Kelsey Mitchell scored 22 points and Erica Wheeler 21 to lead Indiana (8-23). Aliyah Boston added 17 points, nine rebounds and five assists and NaLyssa Smith scored 15 points and grabbed nine rebounds.


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