On Sunday, Sue Bird reached another milestone in her impressive WNBA career after eclipsing the 6,000-point mark. Having spent her entire career with the Seattle Storm, Bird also surpassed Lauren Jackson’s all-time franchise scoring record a mere eight points later with a jumper in the third quarter.
The former UConn star had a season high 21 points in Sunday’s 97-91 victory over the Washington Mystics, and finished the game atop the Storm leaderboard with 6,016 career points. Jackson’s previous record was 6,007 points in 12 seasons with the Storm. The former WNBA champion and Olympian took to Twitter to congratulate Bird on the accomplishment.
Jackson and Bird are former teammates and longtime friends. Bird, who is in her 16th WNBA season, joked about how much longer it took her to reach the milestone in post-game interviews. She has also noted in the past that she has no intentions of retiring soon and will likely finish her career well above her current scoring record, and perhaps with a few more records under her belt.
The Storm currently sit at the top of the WNBA standings, amidst another impressive season from the UConn alum. She is averaging 9.8 points and 7.3 assists per game, the latter of which ranks second in the league.