February 16, 2024 

Locked on Women’s Basketball: What the Stephen Curry vs. Sabrina Ionescu 3-point shootout means for women’s sports

Ionescu and Curry to face off during NBA All-Star weekend

On this Friday’s episode of Locked on Women’s Basketball, host Jackie Powell is joined by Sam Gordon, Golden State Warriors beat writer at the San Francisco Chronicle, to preview the Stephen Curry vs. Sabrina Ionescu 3-point shootout which tips off on Saturday night at 8 p.m. ET. as part of the NBA’s All-Star Weekend. The pair explain the origins of the competition, what Ionescu and Curry’s goals are for the competition, and what it means for women’s basketball and women’s sports history. Later the two address the concern and risk that comes with Ionescu battling it out against Curry on a huge stage.

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First, Gordon describes the unique, interrelated paths that led Curry and Ionescu to this moment.

“Steph Curry’s story at this point, we all know that — greatest three point shooter in NBA history, a litany of records [and] four championships to go with it. Anyway you want to dice it up one of the greatest players in NBA history — the greatest shooter and unparalleled skill that he has brought to the NBA basketball court. Just so happens that Sabrina Ionescu grew up in the [Bay Area] watching Steph Curry during his rise to prominence during the Golden State Warriors.”

Later, the two elaborate on the pressure Sabrina faces representing women’s sports in this competition.

“There’s a lot of pressure — doesn’t matter what your gender is, or how you identify — like pressure can affect people right? We’ve seen Sabrina Ionescu rise above it … This is a different kind of setting. I think she will she will come out and shine. That’s who she’s been essentially her whole basketball career is somebody that relishes in the spotlight. I think she’s gonna come out and have a good showing,” Gordon said.

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