In an effort to highlight exceptional female athletes, We The Fans Sports will recognize one extraordinary woman in sports each Wednesday. Diana Taurasi, you're up!
In this first installment of the We The Fans #WCW series, it was only fitting to honor Phoenix Mercury guard Diana Taurasi. On Sunday, Taurasi became the WNBA’s all-time leading scorer (7,494). Albeit in a lopsided 90-59 loss to the L.A. Sparks, the crowd at the Staples Center didn’t fail to honor the All-Star.
On June 1, Taurasi became the WNBA’s all-time leader in 3-point field goals (933). She also ranks 5th all-time in assists (1,598). Averaging 18.3 points in her 13th season, the UConn alum hasn’t lost a step.
Known as a fearless competitor, Taurasi’s work ethic and brilliant career has garnered the praise of her male counterparts – most notably, Kobe Bryant.
Game recognize game: Kobe on what he respects about Diana Taurasi's career after she breaks the WNBA's all-time scoring record pic.twitter.com/BxARGq8nVD
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) June 18, 2017
The recognition is well-deserved. Looking over the 2009 MVP’s immaculate career, she is without question headed for the Hall of Fame.
Taurasi led UConn to three-straight national titles from 2002 to 2004. She was then named the 2004 WNBA Rookie of the Year. Throughout her 13-year career, Taurasi has earned four Olympic gold medals (2004, 2008, 2012, 2016) and three WNBA championships (2007, 2009, 2014).
Across the board, Diana is one of the most accomplished and decorated basketball players ever, male or female. A true inspiration to young girls all across the world, Taurasi has shown throughout her career that true talent has no respect of gender.
Here’s to you Diana!