WNBA: Sue Bird sets historic milestone as Storm beats Aces

Sue Bird became the WNBA’s leader in career wins with 324 and the Seattle Storm beat the Las Vegas Aces 88-78 Wednesday night. Bird passed former Minnesota star Lindsay Whalen. The veteran star announced she will retire at the end of the season.

Jewell Loyd led Seattle (12-7) with 24 points, and Breanna Stewart had 14 points and seven rebounds. Tina Charles scored four points in her debut for the Storm and Bird had 13 points and six assists, while Stephanie Talbot scored 15.

A’ja Wilson had 17 points and 16 rebounds for the Aces (14-5). Kelsey Plum scored 16 points, Jackie Young added 13 points, eight rebounds and five assists, and Chelsea Gray had 10 points and eight assists.

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Skylar Diggins-Smith had 17 points and seven assists and the Phoenix Mercury beat the Indiana Fever 99-78. Phoenix (9-12) beat Indiana for a seventh straight time, including an 83-71 victory on Monday.

Shey Peddy and Diamond DeShields each added 13 points for Phoenix, which has won three straight games.  Diana Taurasi scored 11, while the Mercury had a season-high 29 assists on 38 made field goals.

Phoenix built a 49-43 lead by halftime behind 28 combined points from Diggins-Smith, Cunningham and Peddy. Kelsey Mitchell scored 14 of her 21 points in the first half for the Indiana Fever (5-16).

Chicago Sky’s victory over Connecticut Sun here.

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