Breanna Stewart Sets W.N.B.A. Points Record
She has scored more points this season than anyone else in W.N.B.A. history, but had more games to do it.
Breanna Stewart of the Liberty has now scored more points than any other player in a single season in W.N.B.A. history. But is she really the leagues best scorer ever? It depends on how you look at it.
Stewart scored 40 points in a 94-93 victory at the Dallas Wings on Tuesday night. That took her to 885 points for a season, more than any other W.N.B.A. player in history.
But she has benefited from the new 40-game schedule, which was introduced this season. For most of its history, the league played 34 games.
Diana Taurasi, whose record Stewart broke, scored 860 points in 2006, the third season in her long career with the Phoenix Mercury. But she did it in 34 games, for a scoring average of 25.3 points per game. Stewart took 38 games to reach her total, giving her a 23.3-per-game average.
For Stewart to match Taurasis scoring average record, assuming she plays both of the remaining games on the Libertys schedule, she would need to average more than 60 points a game, a feat beyond even her skills, one would think.