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Diana Taurasi: First WNBA Player to Hit 10,000 Career Points Milestone as Phoenix Mercury’s Guard

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In her impressive 19th WNBA season, Diana Taurasi, a prominent basketball Olympian who boasts five gold medals with Team USA, has broken new ground.

Guard for the Phoenix Mercury, Diana Taurasi marked a historic moment in the WNBA on Thursday, by being the first player to amass 10,000 points over her career.

The 41-year-old Taurasi achieved the landmark during the third quarter with a three-pointer in the Mercury’s solid 91-71 victory over Atlanta Dream at their home turf.

She finished the game with 42 points, simultaneously setting another record as the eldest player in the league’s history to score a 40-point game.

Speaking to ESPN, Taurasi said, “I just felt good and they were looking for me.”

As a three-time WNBA champion and two-time Most Valuable Player in the WNBA finals, Taurasi concluded the night with an impressive total of 10,024 career points.

She further commented: “Sometimes [the shots] go in because they go in, because it’s your day. And [this] was my night.”

Entering the game knowing she was only 18 points shy of the 10,000 mark, Taurasi had already scored 10 points by half time. She then swiftly added a two-point lay-up and a three-pointer to her score.

In the next possession for Mercury, Taurasi received a pass from Moriah Jefferson and successfully made the shot, much to the crowd’s delight.

The WNBA commissioner, Cathy Engelbert, extended her congratulations to Taurasi, noting that she “continues to write new chapters in her illustrious WNBA career”.

Engelbert voiced her honor in witnessing this milestone, attributing Taurasi’s accomplishment to her “skill, determination, and unwavering dedication to the game”.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Diana Taurasi 10,000 Career Points

Who is the first WNBA player to score 10,000 career points?

Diana Taurasi, guard for the Phoenix Mercury, is the first WNBA player to score 10,000 career points.

In which season did Diana Taurasi achieve the 10,000 points milestone?

Diana Taurasi achieved the milestone of 10,000 career points in her 19th season in the WNBA.

How many points did Diana Taurasi score in the game she reached the milestone?

In the game where she reached the 10,000 career points milestone, Diana Taurasi scored 42 points.

At what age did Diana Taurasi become the oldest player in WNBA history to produce a 40-point game?

Diana Taurasi was 41 years old when she became the oldest player in WNBA history to produce a 40-point game.

Who congratulated Diana Taurasi for her achievement?

Cathy Engelbert, the WNBA commissioner, congratulated Diana Taurasi on her achievement of scoring 10,000 career points.

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MercuryRising23 August 4, 2023 - 4:42 pm

As a Phoenix fan, couldn’t be prouder! DT is phenomenal and shows no signs of slowing down. Here’s to more records DT!

StarShooter41 August 5, 2023 - 1:00 am

I remember seeing her play at UConn…knew she was gonna be something special but this? She’s redefining the limits. hats off to you Diana.

hoops4life August 5, 2023 - 2:17 am

so diana taurasi just keeps breakin records huh? oldest to score a 40-point game too. goat status

BballFanatic99 August 5, 2023 - 4:45 am

Wow, Taurasi is a beast! 10,000 career points, that’s just insane… Props to her, she’s an absolute legend in the game!

OldSchoolBaller August 5, 2023 - 4:48 am

they don’t make em like taurasi anymore. Real respect for her grind and determination. That’s how you make a mark in history folks!


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