How Bird is Impacting the Surge of Women’s Sports…
If Sue Bird had to be described with only one word there is no doubt it would be “winner.”
Since her days at Uconn playing under legendary coach Geno Auriemma where she won two NCAA championships and her overall record is a sparkling 114-4, she established a knack for winning. That same success carried over to the WNBA when she was drafted first overall by the Seattle Storm in the 2002 WNBA draft. Upon drafting Sue Bird, Seattle quickly competed for a championship, winning it all in 2004, Sue’s second year in the league.
2018 was a particularly special year for the Seattle Storm. It had been 8 years since Sue Bird won her second ring in Seattle, but they had recently created a new “big three” with the addition of another Uconn standout Breanna Stewart. Along with Sue Bird and shooting guard Jewell Loyd, Stewart made up a dominant trio primed for a deep playoff run. Their hopes of a third WNBA finals appearance took a hit in game 4 of the semifinals against the Phoenix Suns when Sue Bird suffered a broken nose, however she played through the injury in a sleek mask for the remainder of playoffs. In the 2018 WNBA Finals, the Storm swept Elena Della Donne and the Washington Mystic in three games. Sue remained undefeated in three finals appearances, going a perfect 3 for 3.
Although she is reaching the end of her career, Bird continues to put up incredible stats across the board. She averaged 7.1 assists per game in 2018, second in the WNBA, and recorded her 27th career double double on June 24th, 2018. A knee injury required her to sit out all of the 2019 season, but she hopes to be back on the court when the WNBA returns in the future.
Sue Bird will undoubtedly go down as one of the best players in WNBA history. She is the all time WNBA assist leader with 2,600 total, the WNBA leader in career starts with 508, an eleven-time WNBA All Star and five-time WNBA first team member. Having already experienced so much throughout her 18-year career, she wouldn’t hesitate to go for another ring, or two.