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CAREER:
Two-time WNBA Champion (2004, 2010)
Seven-time WNBA All-Star (2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011)
Four-time WNBA All-First Team (2002, 2003, 2004, 2005)
Three-time WNBA All-Second team (2008, 2010, 2011)
Three-time Olympic gold medalist (2004, 2008, 2012)
Named one of the 15 greatest players in WNBA history during the league’s 15th anniversary celebration in 2011
WNBA All-Decade Team (2006)
Enters the 2013 season as No. 2 on WNBA All-Time Career Assist List (1,791)
No. 1 overall pick in 2002 WNBA Draft (Seattle)
2002 Sportswomen of the Year
Sixth player to win an NCAA Championship, a WNBA Championship, and an Olympic gold medal.
Won a Euroleague title and Russian SuperLeague title
Won a national high-school championship at Christ the King High School
Two-time WNBA assist leader (2005, 2009)
Became the third player in WNBA history to reach 3,000 career points and 1,000 assists.
Two-time NCAA Champion at UConn (2000, 2002)

2013
Sat out the entire 2013 season while recovering from knee surgery.

2012
Scored a game high 27 points June 1 in the Storm’s first win of the season against Tulsa
Had a nine assists against the Lynx on May 27
No. 2 in the WNBA in assists per game (5.3)
Has 17 double digit scoring games
Dished out a season high 10 assists at Chicago
Led all scorers with 21 against Tulsa (6/15) and again versus Minnesota (6/17), dropping 20 points in back-to-back games for the first time since 2009
Scored a game high 25 points at Washington (6/26)
On Sue Bird Bobble Head Night (7/8), scored a season high 31 points
Recorded the Storm’s second double-double of the season Aug. 26 vs. New York, with 10 assists and 18 points
After the Olympic Break, scored in double figures in seven of 11 games
Led the team in ppg (12.2), apg (5.3) and mpg (31.0)

2011:
Recorded her 19th career double-double in the season opener with 13 points and 10 assists
Named Western Conference Player of the Week for games played July 5-10, her fourth career award
Scored a game-high 21 points on 7-of-9 from the field along with five assists in the team’s 78-61 loss at Indiana, July 5; she followed this up with 17 points en route to a 99-80 home victory over Los Angeles, July 9
Named a starter in the 2011 All-Star game, Bird’s seventh appearance as a starter during the mid-summer showcase
Scored a season-high 29 points on July 29th at Tulsa including a perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line
Added to her career highlight reel when she hit the game-winning three-pointer with 0.4 seconds on the clock at home against Connecticut, Aug. 5; finished with a game-high 20 points and five assists
Helped preserve a 63-62 home victory against New York in a frantic finish that saw her strip the ball as time expired
Scored her 4,000th career point 8/23 vs. San Antonio at the free throw line with 19.4 seconds left in the first quarter. Bird is the 16th player in WNBA history to reach 4,000 points and the first ever with 4,000 points and 1,500 assists
Hit the game-winning free throws with 1.6 seconds left at home against LA, Aug. 28
Added a season-high seven rebounds and also had five steals in that game, the most by a Storm player this season
At Tulsa, Sept. 2, had 14 points in the first half; finished 4-of-5 from three point range for 21 points and added five assists
2011 Playoffs: Opened postseason play with eight points at home vs. Phoenix, 9/15
Led the team with 4 assists vs. Phoenix, 9/17, to go along with her 17 points which included 3-6 from long range
Led the team with 22 points, 1 shy of her career playoff record, in the loss to Phoenix, 9/19 including 4-8 from long range.

2010:
Averaged 11.1 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 5.8 apg, 1.5 spg, and 30.5 mpg in 33 games
Lead the league in assists per turnover
Became the second player in WNBA history to reach 1,500 career-assist milestone on June 20
Started for the USA Basketball team in the 2010 WNBA vs. USA Basketball: The Stars at the Sun
Finished eighth in MVP voting
Finished tenth in Kim Perrot Sportsmanship Award voting
Scored a season-high 22 points on June 5th at Los Angeles and June 18th at New York
Finished the season ranked second in assists per game
Led the team in scoring 5 times
Led the team in rebounds twice
Led the team in assists 20 times
Scored 20-plus points 3 times and 10-plus points 19 times
Handed out 10-plus assists 4 times
Posted 3 point/assist double-doubles
Started in all 32 games played
2010 Playoffs: Averaged 12.1 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 7.7 apg, 1.7 spg, and 37.0 mpg in seven games.

2009:
Averaged 12.8 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 5.8 apg, 1.5 spg and 35.5 mpg in 31 games
Nominated by Storm Fans to the Storm All-Decade Team as part of the Seattle Storm’s 10th Anniversary
Won the 2009 WNBA Peak Performer Award for leading the league in assists
Voted as a starter to the WNBA All-Star Game for the sixth time in her career
Named WNBA Western Conference Player of the Week twice (Aug. 24-30 and July 20-26)
Reached the 3,000 career-point milestone at Sacramento on Friday, July 17, 2009
Scored a season-high 24 points on 8/29 against Atlanta
Finished the season ranked first in minutes per game (35.5)
Led the team in scoring five times
Led the team in rebounds two times
Led the team in assists 23 times
Scored 20-plus points five times and 10-plus points 22 times
Handed out 10-plus assists twice and five-plus assists 23 times
Started in all 31 games played
Missed the last three games of the regular season due to a sore neck.
2009 Playoffs: Averaged 11.3 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 4.0 apg, 1.3 spg and 36.3 mpg in three games.

2008:
Averaged 14.1 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 5.1 apg, 1.2 spg and 33.7 mpg in 33 games
Finished third in WNBA MVP voting
Named to All-WNBA Second Team, her first All-WNBA honors since the 2005 season
Finished the season ranked second in the WNBA in total assists (169) and third in assists per game (5.1 apg)
Finished first on team in points (465) and assists (169)
Posted her only double-double of the season with 12 points and 11 assists vs. Minnesota on 7/5
Led team in scoring 11 times
Scored 20-plus points seven times, including scoring 24 points twice…Dished out 10-plus assists twice
Helped Storm finish 8-5 over the last 13 games to clinch second place in the Western Conference without Lauren Jackson
2008 Playoffs: Averaged 19.7 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 3.0 apg, 1.3 spg and 37.0 mpg in three games.

2007:
Averaged 10.4 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 4.9 apg, 1.5 spg and 31.7 mpg in 29 games
Finished the season ranked third in the WNBA in assists (4.9 apg) and tied for 12th in steals (1.48)
Scored 10-plus points 16 times and 20-plus points twice
Handed out 10-plus assists twice and led the team in assists 16 times
Underwent successful arthroscopic surgery on her left knee on 7/6 and missed five games (7/6-17), with the Storm going 2-3 over that span
Named to her fifth WNBA All-Star Team but did not play due to injury
Posted her first double-double of the season with 13 points and 11 assists at Chicago on 6/12
Scored a season-high 25 points on 10-of-15 shooting (5-of-7 from three) at Minnesota on 6/22
Grabbed her 500th career rebound at Los Angeles on 6/24
Recorded her 1,000th career assist vs. New York on 7/1, becoming the youngest player in league history to reach the milestone
Posted her second double-double of the season with 10 points and 11 assists vs. Los Angeles on 7/3
Made her 300th career three-pointer at Connecticut on 7/20
2007 Playoffs: Averaged 16.5 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 5.0 apg, 2.0 spg and 35.5 mpg in two games.

2006:
Averaged 11.4 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 4.8 apg, 1.8 spg and 31.3 mpg in 34 games
Finished the season ranked third in the WNBA in assists, seventh in steals (1.79 spg) and eighth in free-throw percentage (.868)
Swiped a career-high and franchise-record seven steals in the season opener vs. Los Angeles on 5/21
Grabbed a career-high five offensive rebounds vs. Phoenix on 6/2
Swiped her 200th career steal at Connecticut on 6/9
Named to the WNBA’s All-Decade Team on 6/13
Handed out a career-high and franchise-record 14 assists vs. Minnesota on 7/1
Made her fourth WNBA All-Star appearance on 7/12, tallying nine points and handing out three assists in 19 minutes of action
Tallied her 2,000th career point at Minnesota on 8/1
Set a WNBA record for three-pointers in a half with six in the opening 20 minutes at Detroit on 8/8
2006 Playoffs: Averaged 12.7 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 3.3 apg and 35.0 mpg in three games.

2005:
Averaged 12.1 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 5.9 apg, 1.0 spg and 34.0 mpg in 30 games
Named to her third WNBA All-Star Team and her fourth consecutive All-WNBA First Team
Missed four games with fractured right nasal and orbital bones suffered on 6/7 at Connecticut
Led the WNBA in assists per game (5.9) for the first time in her career
Ranked fourth in three-point percentage (.437), fourth in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.02) and sixth in free-throw percentage (.855)
Dished out her 700th career assist vs. Detroit on 7/23
Hit her 200th career three-pointer vs. Los Angeles on 7/31
2005 Playoffs: Averaged 9.0 ppg, 1.7 apg, 4.3 apg, 1.0 spg and 34.3 mpg in three games.

2004:
Averaged 12.9 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 5.4 apg, 1.50 spg and 33.4 mpg in 34 games
Named All-WNBA First Team for her third straight season
Finished second in the WNBA in assists, fourth in three-point field-goal percentage (.438) and tied for sixth in free-throw percentage (.859)
Scored her 1,000th career point vs. Houston on 6/22
Started her 100th consecutive game for the Storm in the season finale on 9/18
Converted the game-winning layup with two seconds left in overtime against Washington on 7/17
2004 Playoffs: Averaged 8.5 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 5.3 apg, 1.50 spg and 29.1 mpg in eight games.

2003:
Averaged 12.4 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 6.5 apg, 1.41 spg and 33.4 mpg in 34 games
Started all 34 games; has started 66 consecutive games since being drafted first overall in the 2002 WNBA Draft
Named All-WNBA First Team for the second straight season
Voted as a starter by fans for the Western Conference Team at the fifth annual WNBA All-Star Game and scored 11 points and grabbed four rebounds
Ranked second in the WNBA in assists with 6.5 apg
Ranked fifth in the WNBA in free throw percentage with a mark of .884 (61-69)
Led the Storm in minutes played, assists, three-point field goals, free throw percentage and steals
Scored in double-figures in 23 games
Led or co-led the Storm in scoring in five games
Led or co-led the Storm in assists in 29 games
Scored a season-high 27 points at Los Angeles on 7/5
Grabbed a career-high eight rebounds vs. Houston on 7/5
Handed out a career-high-tying 12 assists at Los Angeles on 6/19 and at Cleveland on 6/27
Recorded a WNBA-record seven double-doubles in points and assists
Handed out 10 or more assists in eight games this season, tying for the second-highest total in WNBA history
Became the fifth player in WNBA history to score 20 or more points and hand out 10 or more assists in a game with 21 points and 10 assists vs. Washington on 7/3
Became the third player in WNBA history to amass over 200 assists in a season (221), joining Ticha Penicheiro and Teresa Weatherspoon.

2002:
Averaged 14.4 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 1.7 spg, 6.0 apg and 35.0 mpg in 32 games
Was the only Storm player to start all 32 games
Already ranks as the Storm's all-time assists leader (191)
Was named All-WNBA First Team, joining Indiana's Tamika Catchings as the first rookies in league history to attain that distinction
Was the runner-up to Catchings for the 2002 WNBA Rookie of the Year award
Named as a starter for the Western Conference at the WNBA All-Star Game in Washington after leading all guards in fan voting
Handed out a WNBA-All-Star-record eight assists to help lead the West to an 81-76 victory over the East
Led the Storm in minutes, three-point field goals, assists and steals
Led the team in scoring in 10 games
Led the team in assists in 26 games
Scored in double-figures in 25 games
Scored 20-plus points in six games (27 vs. Minnesota on 6/4, 21 vs. Houston on 7/20, 20 at Houston on 7/23, 21 at Washington on 7/27, 22 vs. Minnesota on 7/31 and 33 vs. Portland on 8/9)
Scored a season-high and franchise-record 33 points vs. Portland on 8/9
Handed out a career-high and franchised-record 12 assists at Cleveland on 7/5
Recorded three double-doubles (16 points and 12 assists at Cleveland on 7/5, 10 points and 11 assists at Orlando on 7/25 and 17 points and 10 assists at Los Angeles on 8/1)
Ranked 16th in the WNBA in scoring (14.4 ppg), second in assists (6.0 apg), eighth in steals (1.7 spg), first in free-throw percentage (.911), ninth in three-point percentage (.401) and eighth in minutes per game (35.0 mpg)
2002 Playoffs: Started both 2002 First Round playoff games against Los Angeles
Averaged 14.0 points, 6.0 assists, 2.50 steals, and 36.5 minutes
Co-led the team with 17 points in Game 2 loss at Los Angeles on 8/17

COLLEGE:
Member of NCAA Division I Championship Connecticut in 2000 and 2002
Two-time All-American
2002 Wade Trophy recipient
2002 Associated Press and Naismith Player of the Year
Winner of the 2002 Honda Award for Women’s Basketball
Recipient of the first annual Senior CLASS Award presented to the nation’s most outstanding senior basketball player
Three-time Conseco/Nancy Lieberman-Cline National Point Guard of the Year Award winner
Ranks 18th on UConn’s All-Time Scoring list with 1,378 career points
Tied for second on the school’s all-time list in three-point field goals made (207)
UConn’s all-time leader in three-point field goal percentage (45.9%) and free throw percentage (89.2%)
Ranks second in assists (585) and seventh in steals (243)
One of only two players at UConnn to amass over 1,000 points, 500 assists and 200 steals in a career (Jennifer Rizzotti)
Career averages of 11.7 ppg and 5.0 apg
As a senior, named Kodak All-American, Associated Press First Team All-American, 2002 NCAA Final Four All-Tournament Team, Big East Player of the Year, First Team All-Big East, Big East All-Tournament Team
Started all 39 games
Registered school record for most assists in a season (231)
Led nation in free throw shooting (94.2%)
Led the team in scoring 12 times, assists 25 times and steals 19 times
Scored 20 or more points 10 times
As a junior, named All-American, ESPN The Magazine and the Conseco/Nancy Lieberman-Cline National Point Guard of the Year (two-time Nancy Lieberman Cline winner), one of the 15 finalists for the 2000-2001 Naismith Player of the Year Award, Associated Press Third Team All-American, All-East Regional Team, All-BIG EAST First Team
Third at UConn for most assists in a season with 169
Finished tied for fourth on the team in scoring with 10.9 ppg
Led team in assists (169) and steals (63)
Hit a shot at the buzzer vs. Notre Dame (March 6) to give the Huskies their eighth consecutive BIG EAST Championship
As a sophomore, named to the NCAA Final Four All-Tournament Team, NCAA East Region All-Regional Team, Associated Press All-America Honorable Mention honors, Nancy Lieberman-Cline Point Guard of the Year Award, 1999-2000 All-BIG EAST Second Team
Returned to the lineup to start all 37 games at point guard after recovering from knee surgery
Ranked No. 2 in the nation in three-point shooting with 49.7 percent
Led the team in free throw shooting (89.8%)
Third-leading scorer on the team with 10.9 points per game
Earned BIG EAST Conference Player of the Week honors (1/10/00)
As a freshman, started the first eight games of the season at the point guard position
Tore the ACL in her left knee and had surgery on 12/30/98, missing the rest of the season
Averaged 20 minutes and 5.1 points a game prior to the injury.

Personal

Born Suzanne Brigit Bird
Earned a degree in communication science at Connecticut
Wears number 10 on her jersey because she and her sister Jennifer were both born in October (the 10th month)
Considers her greatest collegiate basketball memory to be hitting the game-winning shot in the Big East Championship her junior year in college
Named the Best Female College Athlete of the Year at the 10th Annual ESPY Awards on 7/10/02
Chosen as Team Sportswoman of the Year by The Women’s Sports Foundation on 10/21/02
Selected as the Female Sports Star of the Year by the Seattle Post-Intelligencer at the 68th Annual Sports Star of the Year Awards Banquet in Seattle on 1/27/03
Says she’s interested in a career in broadcasting following her playing days and served as a guest color analyst on several of ESPN’s broadcasts of the 2003 NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament and during select games in the 2013 WNBA season.

Career Transactions

Selected by the Seattle Storm in the first round (first pick overall) in the 2002 WNBA Draft.