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Womens' basketball champ, Sue Bird, was born on October 16, 1980 in Syosset, New York. player. Sue Bird became a key part of two national champion University of Connecticut teams. She was the first player to be picked in the 2002 WNBA Draft and an Olympic gold medalist. She currently plays for the WNBA's Seattle Storm, with whom she won a championship in 2004. She is also a member of the 2008 gold medal winning United States Women's Olympic basketball team.
Sue Bird was named the first pick in the 2002 WNBA Draft to the Seattle Storm and was also the first point guard to be drafted first in the league's history. In her rookie season, she led the Storm to their first playoff appearance, and was also named a starter to the WNBA Western Conference All-Star team, and was a member of the All-WNBA First team at the conclusion of the 2002 season. She was second in the team in scoring (14.4 ppg), led in assists (6 apg), steals (1.6 spg), and in three point shots. She and teammate Lauren Jackson form one of the league's most electric one-two punches, drawing frequent comparisons to the Utah Jazz's John Stockton and Karl Malone. Bird is second all-time in WNBA history in assists per game (5.6), trailing only Ticha Penicheiro.
Since the 2004 championship, the Storm has had disappointing losses in the first round of the Western Conference finals in three straight seasons. In 2005, the Storm opened with a win over the Houston Comets, but then lost consecutive games and were bounced out of the postseason. Sue Bird averaged 12.1 points per game and led the WNBA in assists per game with 5.9 in 2005.
The following season, 2006, the Storm again won their opening playoff game, 84-72, over the Los Angeles Sparks before dropping two straight and being eliminated. In 2007, Bird missed five games due to arthroscopic knee surgery, but the Storm made the playoffs as the No. 4 seed in the West. In the first round the Storm was swept in two games by No. 1 seed Phoenix, led by Bird's good friend and former teammate Diana Taurasi.
Sue Bird is one of six women to receive an Olympic Gold Medal, an NCAA championship, and a WNBA Championship. The others are Ruth Riley, Sheryl Swoopes, and fellow Huskies Swin Cash, Kara Wolters, and Diana Taurasi.