Phoenix Mercury guard Diana Taurasi becomes the first WNBA player to score 9,000 points on Sunday.
The 39-year-old completed the act when she made a splash while being fouled with just over eight minutes remaining in the second quarter against the Los Angeles Sparks.
Taurasi was already the WNBA all-time leading scorer, but now he has a new stage attached to his accomplishment. The closest player to the all-time points list in the league is Tina Thompson with 7,488 points.
After Phoenix’s 88-79 victory, Taurasi said reaching 9,000 points was just another record.
“Yeah, it’s great,” he said, according to him Josh Weinfuss of ESPN. “It’s just another record that we hope will be broken by the one who loves basketball, who dedicates his entire life to it.
“So I think today was nice to do it in front of the home crowd in the first game when we had the full capacity and to get into a win. So, there were a lot of positives to get today. And, you know, it’s good. “.
Taurasi added that she is more proud to score all her points with a team than to be there to reach the mark. She also said she doesn’t always see herself as a scorer despite numbers saying otherwise.
It has been a memorable month for Taurasi, who has been nominated for the fifth time on the U.S. women’s Olympic basketball team. It’s unclear when his game days might be over, but one thing’s for sure, he’s not slowed down.