The first WNBA player to 10,000 points is Diana Taurasi

 

The 41-year-old made the significant basket against the Atlanta Dream in the third quarter of a game. In Phoenix’s 91-71 triumph, she scored a season-high 42 points, bringing her total to 10,024.

 

Phoenix Mercury guard Diana Taurasi smiles after a basket against the Atlanta Dream, on Thursday in Phoenix.Matt York / AP
Phoenix Mercury guard Diana Taurasi smiles after a basket against the Atlanta Dream, on Thursday in Phoenix.Matt York / AP

PHOENIX (AP) — Diana Taurasi got a pass, and the ball was off her fingertips in a second. Like so many other 3-point attempts, this one also went into the net.

With 8:23 left in the third quarter of Thursday night’s game against the Atlanta Dream, Taurasi became the first WNBA player to achieve 10,000 points. Following the shot, the Phoenix audience exploded in applause, and Taurasi’s teammates gathered around her in a circle to celebrate while leaping up and down.

“It was a cool night — you couldn’t have wrote this any better for our fans and our city,” Taurasi said. “I’m really thankful for my teammates because moments like this, it’s everyone’s moment. They really came with me and wanted me to do it tonight.”

Taurasi gave a classic effort, scoring a season-high 42 points on 12 of 21 shooting, including 6 of 13 from three-point range, to remind everyone just how outstanding she has been throughout her career. In addition, she made all 12 of her free throws as the Mercury triumphed 91-71.

The guard, who is 41 years old, began the game needing 18 points to reach 10,000; he eventually reached 10,024.

Taurasi grinned, “I’ll feel like I’m 50 tomorrow.”

“I want to send Diana my sincere congratulations on reaching the incredible milestone of 10,000 points as she continues to write new chapters in an illustrious WNBA career,” I said on behalf of the WNBA and basketball fans worldwide. In a statement, WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert said.

“Diana’s success is a credit to her talent, tenacity, and unrelenting devotion to the sport, which, together with her competitive character, has enthralled fans with her amazing scoring prowess, clutch performances, and unmatched basketball intelligence. We feel privileged to be present for this achievement.

About two minutes into the game on Thursday, Taurasi opened the scoring with a corner 3-pointer, and a few minutes later, she drove through the Atlanta defense for a layup. By halftime, she had 10 points.

She immediately resumed her offensive efforts in the third quarter, making a layup on the Mercury’s opening possession. She then made back-to-back 3-pointers, the latest of which was a 28-footer over two defenders to bring her total to 10,000.