Riceboro native DeLisha Milton-Jones broke the WNBA record for games played when she took the court Friday in the Atlanta Dream’s 90-84 win against Indiana, according to a news release from the Dream and ESPN.
It was the 497th game of Milton-Jones’ career, breaking a tie with Tina Thompson. Milton-Jones, now in her 17th WNBA season, had seven points, seven rebounds and three steals in 24 minutes.
Milton-Jones, 40, is the oldest player active in the WNBA, according to the release.
Her rèsumè includes two WNBA titles (with Los Angeles in 2001 and 2002) and two All-Star selections (2000 and 2007). She is one of six players all-time with more than 5,000 points and 2,400 rebounds, ranks fourth all-time in WNBA history in steals, sixth in career rebounds and ninth in points.
In addition, Milton-Jones was a men’s professional basketball coach in 2005 for the ABA’s Los Angeles Stars. She has said coaching is her post-playing goal.
Milton-Jones worked as a color commentator for ESPN and a sideline reporter for the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks last season.
She was a member of the 2004 U.S. Olympic women’s basketball team, but did not compete in Athens, Greece, after suffering a knee injury just prior to the start of the competition.