Story By: Erin Zollars
Photos By: Sol Tucker
It was a big day in D.C for Sue Bird. Entering tonight’s game against the Mystics, she was set to put her name forever in the WNBA record books as the all time assists leader, surpassing the 2999 held by Ticha Pincherio. Bird was presented with the game ball after a quick stoppage in play to recognize her accomplishment.
For the Mystics they battled to the end in the game and sent it into overtime where the efforts of Emma Meesseman and Elena Delle Donne would not go for waste as they captured a 110-106 victory and also clinched a first round home playoff game at Capital One Bank Arena.
“Tonight was a great night for fans. We were able to capture a home playoff spot for them, but they also got to see a piece of WNBA history being made in the same game, said Mystics Forward Elena Delle Donne. She would finish the game with 37 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists.
Meesseman scored 9 points for the Mystics in overtime, which would end up being all they needed to clinch the home playoff game.
After the game, Bird commented on setting the record.
“It’s an honor to be part of the best players in the league. Ticha was such an amazing player along with everyone else that I passed along the way in my time in the league. I am just happy to come out here and do something that I love for all of these fans,” said Bird.