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Phoenix Mercury player Diana Taurasi makes 10,000 career points – first ever in WNBA history

August 5, 2023 World Sports

The 41-year old baller from Glendale, California makes history as the first ever to make 10,000 career points in the WNBA

Original story by David Brandt for the Associated Press

Diana Taurasi received a pass and in an instant, the shot was off her fingertips. It was a 3-pointer that splashed through the net, just like so many others.

Taurasi became the first WNBA player to reach 10,000 points, hitting the mark with 8:23 remaining in the third quarter against the Atlanta Dream on Thursday night. After the shot, the crowd in Phoenix erupted in cheers and Taurasi’s teammates surrounded her in a circle, jumping up and down and celebrating.

“It was a cool night — you couldn’t have written 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.”

It was a vintage performance from Taurasi, who reminded everyone just how incredible she’s been in her career with a season-high 42 points on 12 of 21 shooting, including 6 of 13 from 3-point range. She also hit all 12 of her free throws and the Mercury won 91-71.

The 41-year-old guard started the night needing 18 points to make it to 10,000 — and finished at 10,024.

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