On Thursday, Phoenix Mercury star Diana Taurasi became the first player in WNBA history to score 10,000 career points.
Taurasi passed 10,000 points in Phoenix's 91-71 win against the Atlanta Dream, scoring 42 points while also contributing 6 threes, 4 rebounds and 2 assists, while shooting 50% from the field, 46.2% from three and 100% from the free-throw line.
The moment Diana Taurasi entered the 10,000 points club 🔥🙌 pic.twitter.com/m2ue4oWxUX— ESPN (@espn) August 4, 2023
“On behalf of the WNBA and basketball fans worldwide, I want to extend my heartfelt congratulations to Diana on reaching the incredible milestone of 10,000 points as she continues to author new chapters is an illustrious WNBA career," said WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert in a statement.
"I have had the pleasure of watching her play first as a fan and now as Commissioner of the WNBA. Diana’s achievement stands as a testament to her skill, determination, and unwavering dedication to the game, which along with her competitive nature, has captivated fans with her incredible scoring ability, clutch performances, and unparalleled basketball IQ. We are honored to witness this milestone.”
Taurasi is the WNBA's all-time leading scorer by a wide margin, as the second-highest-scoring player is Tina Thompson with just 7,488 career points.