History was made in the WNBA on Sunday when Diana Taurasi ended up being the league’s all-time scoring leader.
With her moms and dads seeing, the Phoenix Mercury guard scored 14 points in the very first half versus the Los Angeles Triggers to pass Tina Thompson on the profession scoring charts. She ended up with 19 points in a 90-59defeat in LA.
” It’s quite unique I got to do it in front of my household on Dad’s Day in LA,” stated Taurasi.
When Taurasi went beyond Thompson’s mark of 7,488points with 45 seconds left in the very first half, the video game was stopped and the crowd, that included previous Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant, provided her a standing ovation.
” When I got the basket it was quite cool,” she stated. “I was attempting not to consider, desired it to occur and do it naturally. It did. You consider all the fantastic gamers you had fun with, all the video games.”
Diana Taurasi took control of the WNBA profession scoring record Sunday. However being the very best colleague possible– and taking pride in her playmaking– are more crucial to the Phoenix Mercury star than private awards.
At halftime, Bryant spoke to ESPN’s Holly Rowe about her scoring record and her label, “the White Mamba.”
” She came near me throughout the competition, and stated, ‘I’m the White Mamba,'” Bryant– aka the Black Mamba– stated, including that he reacted, “‘ Yes, you are– you have actually got every bit the character.'”
Taurasi required less than 13 complete seasons to score the 7,494points; Thompson’s 7,488points came by 17 seasons.
” Congratulations to Diana on ending up being the WNBA’s all-time leading scorer. I am thrilled that it is Diana and it is my outright satisfaction to pass the torch on to her,” Thompson stated in a declaration. “Diana is among the very best gamers to ever play the video game and absolutely among my favorites. She has actually done incredible things and I am so grateful that I have actually had the ability to share much of those with her.”
Cavaliers star LeBron James passed along his congratulations by means of Twitter.
@KingJames salutes @DianaTaurasi for ending up being the @WNBA’s all-time leading scorer in history. #Respect pic.twitter.com/QnVpJj0PkA
— UNDISTURBED (@uninterrupted) June 18, 2017
Taurasi, who averages 18.1 points per video game this year, passed Tamika Catchings (7,380points) for 2nd on the WNBA scoring list early this season.
” When you’re on superteams, it’s simple to rating,” Taurasi stated on Friday prior to scoring 15 points versus the Chicago Sky that night.
2 weeks earlier, Taurasi broke the WNBA record for many profession 3-pointers made, passing Katie Smith’s mark of 906.
Her all-time mark for 3-pointers stands at 927 after Sunday’s video game.
She turned 35 this month and does not appear to be decreasing. She just recently signed an extension through 2020.
The Associated Press added to this report.