Diana Taurasi Joins 7,000 Point Club
Diana Taurasi, 7,000 Points.
Seven thousand points. The Phoenix Mercury’s Diana Taurasi has officially joined another elite group and she is the fastest player to get there. Only two have done it before her, Tina Thompson and Tamika Catchings which puts Taurasi in good company.
On Friday, Taurasi scored 27 points to become the fastest player in WNBA history to reach 7,000 points and the Phoenix Mercury beat the Washington Mystics 91-79 on Friday night. Taurasi is the third player in WNBA history to hit this milestone and her career is still unfinished. It took her only 348 total league games to each capture 7,000 points. Which is well ahead of Thompson (460) and Catchings (428).
Thompson is the league’s all-time leader scorer, but Taurasi is on pace to claim that title. While Taurasi currently ranks third on the all-time scoring list, there is little doubt that she is the greatest scorer in the history of the WNBA. She is also the only player in league history to score more than 800 points in a season more than once (2006 and 2008). She has won a WNBA-record five scoring titles and she holds a career average of 20.1 points per game.
Hard Working and Humble
Only two other players know how much work goes into making 7,000 points but with Taurasi’s style of play it is no surprise that she is apart of this elite group. Taurasi should be use to the attention and accolades by now, but the former number one pick still remains humble. “When you’re a little a kid and you see all these great players — Cheryl [Miller], Tina [Thompson], Lisa [Leslie], [Sheryl] Swoopes, [Cynthia] Coop[er] — to be in that class, it just means a lot of work,” Taurasi said.
7,000 points may seem like an individual award, but Taurasi made sure to also credit her teammates and the Phoenix Mercury for helping getting her to this point. Taurasi has played for Phoenix her entire career. “I’ve been lucky enough to be on a great team, a great organization for my whole career,” she said. “Not a lot of professional athletes get to do that, so I’ve been really lucky in that regard.”
Best of the Best
After a record week for Taurasi, she was named the Western Conference’s Player of the Week for June 20-26. For the three-time WNBA champion, it’s the 19th Weekly honor of her career. She has now passed Lauren Jackson (18) for the second most in league history (Catchings – 22).
Earlier this season, she was named to the WNBA 20 at 20. A list created to honor the greatest and most influential players in the league’s history in celebration of the league’s landmark 20th season.
And she now has her own emoji! The WNBA announced June 29 the launch of the league’s first-ever emojis, which will feature the WNBA 20 at 20. Fans can now access the WNBA emojis by downloading the new NBAmoji App, available for free on the App Store and Google Play. The WNBA emojis can be shared across social media and messaging apps where the copying and pasting of images and GIFs is supported.
About the Author:
Caroline Starr is a former Division I basketball player and a Division II basketball coach as well as a life long basketball fan. Her hope is that someday her words provide future college student-athletes little nuggets of knowledge to help them through their college athletics journey.