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Tina Charles becomes fourth player to join WNBA’s 7,000-point club

Tina Charles reached the landmark in her second start with the Seattle Storm. (Joshua Huston/NBAE via Getty Images)

Seattle Storm star Tina Charles joined the 7,000-point club Sunday, becoming the fourth WNBA player in history to reach the career milestone during her team’s 82-72 win over the Atlanta Dream.

The 33-year-old center put on a dominant showing, notching 27 points behind 69.2 percent shooting while pulling down 15 rebounds.

Charles was 14 points shy of the threshold heading into Sunday’s matchup but quickly hit the mark during a red-hot first half. With 20 points in the first two quarters, Charles posted the highest-scoring first half of any Storm player this season.

Her history-making outing came in Charles’ second start with the Storm since signing with the team on June 28 following her short stint in Phoenix.

“The milestone is something I’ll probably reflect back on when I’m retired,” Charles said. “Just trying to get these wins and knowing how important each and every single game is.”

Charles joins Tina Thompson, Tamika Catchings and Diana Taurasi as the only WNBA players to reach the 7,000-point mark.