Bird passes Ticha Penicheiro’s record of 2,599 tonight at Washington
WASHINGTON, D.C. – 10-time WNBA All-Star and two-time champion Sue Bird has broken the WNBA’s all-time assists record Friday night. With her 2,600th assist, a pass Carolyn Swords, Bird passed Ticha Penicheiro to become the league’s assists leader. The 16-year veteran accomplished the feat in 477 career games.
During the game’s first quarter, Bird found Swords cutting through the lane for the bucket, for her third dime of the night.
Regarded as the best passer in women’s basketball history, Bird has been the quintessential point guard since being drafted by the Storm in 2002. Her first assist came on May 30, 2002, when she dished to Adia Barnes for a three-point field goal in a 78-61 home loss to New York.
Bird led the league in assists per game in 2016 (5.8), 2010 (5.8) and 2005 (5.9). In the 2003 season, Bird averaged 6.5 assists per contest, the highest average in a single season of her career. Bird has averaged at least 4.0 dimes per game in every season of her career. At 6.4 assists per contest, Bird is averaging the third most per game in the WNBA, behind Courtney Vandersloot and Layshia Clarendon.