Former UConn Star and current Seattle Storm player Sue Bird has become the WNBA’s all-time career leader in assists.
The 5-9 point guard dished out her 2,600th assist Friday in the Storm’s 110-106 overtime loss to the Washington Mystics to break Ticha Penicheiro’s record of 2,599 career dimes.
“What makes [the record] special is that with an assist there’s two or more people involved,” Bird, who finished the game with 19 points and 13 dimes, told Seattle Times. “So its something that as a point guard I know I take very seriously – and I’m sure a lot of point guards do – about getting your teammates involved and trying to get the ball in the right spots.”
The former assists king Penicheiro was happy for Bird.
“Sue, congratulations on becoming the all-time assist record holder,” Penicheiro said on Instagram. “Records are meant to be broken and if somebody is going to take your “crown”, you want it to be somebody like you. You do it with class, charisma, passion, humility, efficiency, professionalism and creativity.”
Bird the No.1 overall pick in the 2002 WNBA Draft, has played her entire 16-year career with the Storm.
She is third in the WNBA in assists this season, averaging 10.6 points and 6.6 assists for Seattle.
The 10-time All Star and two-time WNBA champion has four Olympic gold medals and won two national championships at UConn.
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