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WNBA star Diana Taurasi makes history: reaches 8,000-point milestone

The three-time WNBA champion became the WNBA's leading scorer back in 2017, surpassing Tina Thompson.


Kahron Spearman


Phoenix Mercury point guard Diana Taurasi, already the WNBA's all-time leading scorer, reached the 8,000-point mark for her career on Tuesday. 

 

Entering Tuesday's game against the New York Liberty with 7,997 points, the former UConn All-American reached the milestone with a free throw to cap a three-point play with 5:10 remaining in the first quarter.

There have been times when Phoenix has dropped the hammer on me. And times when I wasn't the easiest person to be around -- as a teammate, as a professional. And they've helped me grow and showed me what being part of an organization means. How your actions on and off the court really affect what we're trying to get done here. That's taught me a lot.

Considered one of the greatest players in the history of the women's game, Taurasi has played all 14 seasons in the WNBA with the Mercury, winning three championships and was the 2009 MVP.

 

The 35-year-old is an eight-time All-Star and two-time Finals MVP. She became the WNBA's leading scorer back in 2017, surpassing Tina Thompson. 

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