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During her junior year, Bird played in a game against Notre Dame referred to as "the best women's basketball game ever played".The game was memorialized in a book, Bird at the Buzzer, in which Bird took the eponymous shot at the buzzer to win the game.Sue spent two seasons at Christ the King, and the Royals went 24–3 her Junior year.In the second season her team finished undefeated and won the New York state championship, and the national title.Suzanne Brigit "Sue" Bird (born October 16, 1980) is an American professional basketball player for the Seattle Storm of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA).Bird was the first overall pick of the 2002 WNBA Draft.However, Stepherson changed her mind, and decided to go to Boston College, making the decision a bit easier, so Bird committed to UConn.In her sophomore season (1999–2000) she came back to lead the team to a 36–1 record and won the Big East Championship and the 2000 NCAA Women's Division I Basketball Tournament. The last loss was to Big East rival Notre Dame in the Final Four.

During her first year in the league, Bird scored a career-high 33 points in a regular season game against the Portland Fire.

In high school, she was the New York State Player of the Year, the New York Daily News Player of the Year, and a WBCA All-American.

In her senior year at undefeated UConn in 2002, she won the Wade Trophy and the Naismith Award as College Player of the Year.

Bird won many awards, including the New York State Player of the Year, and the New York Daily News Player of the Year. She participated in the WBCA High School All-America Game, where she scored 11 points.

Bird was recruited by a number of teams, including Stanford and Vanderbilt.