On Sunday, Diana Taurasi became a WNBA’s all-time heading scorer.
With a pushing layup late in a second entertain opposite a Los Angeles Sparks Sunday evening, a Phoenix Mercury’s Diana Taurasi became a WNBA’s all-time heading scorer.
Taurasi now stands alone atop a league’s all-time scoring list with 7,494 points, an normal of 19.9 points per game. It took her reduction than 13 full seasons to set a record; she surpassed Tina Thompson, who racked adult 7,488 points over 17 seasons before timid in 2013.
Thompson congratulated Taurasi on violation her record: “Diana is one of a best players to ever play a diversion and unequivocally one of my favorites. She has finished extraordinary things and we am so beholden that I’ve been means to share many of those with her. we am unequivocally vehement for Diana and we consider she is going to blow that record out of a water.”
Though it was a night for a record books for Taurasi, a Mercury got beaten by a Sparks, 90-59.
“I was usually perplexing to get a basket during that point, we consider we were down 20,” Taurasi told ESPN. “It’s a flattering cool, special moment. You know, it’s a lot of basketball. I’ve been unequivocally lucky, played with a lot of good players, lot of good coaches.”
Taurasi has played her whole career with a Mercury, winning WNBA Championships in 2007, 2009, and 2014 – and winning MVP in a latter two.
“Diana is all we would wish in a basketball player, and a kind of actor who not usually defines a authorization though an whole joining for a generation,” pronounced Phoenix Suns and Mercury Managing Partner Robert Sarver. “We could not be some-more unapproachable of what she has finished for a game, a franchise, and a city.”
Less than 3 weeks ago, Taurasi pennyless a WNBA record for career 3-pointers, that had been hold by Katie Smith.
Tarausi, who incited 35 final week, has won 4 true Olympic bullion medals with Team USA. Earlier this month Taurasi pronounced she’d be happy to play in a 2020 Tokyo Games, a Associated Press reported.
“As prolonged as I’m personification during a high level, and we merit to be out there, afterwards I’ll always put that USA jersey on,” she said. “There’s zero improved than that, no matter how many times you’ve finished it.”