The legendary Diana Taurasi made her first appearance in Connecticut since becoming the WNBA’s all-time leading scorer and the former UConn star did not disappoint.
Taurasi, who hasn’t exactly put up gaudy numbers in previous trips to Mohegan Sun Arena, went off for 33 points including 17 in the fourth quarter in Phoenix’s 93-92 loss to the Connecticut Sun.
Before the game she reflected on passing Tina Thompson to become the WNBA’s career scoring leader.
“It is the funniest one to get, even when I was in school I wasn’t a big scorer,” Taurasi said. “I was more of a distributor My first two years, I played point in the WNBA so I didn’t score a ton of points. I think once (Paul) Westhead got to Phoenix, he put me off the ball and said we need to generate offense, that is when I kind of took off. It is pretty cool when you get on the list with Tina, Catch and these great players in women’s basketball so it is definitely an honor.
“I didn’t know she (Thompson) was there for one. I didn’t know until she stepped on the court, I looked up. To see her and Dyllan (Thompson’s son) who I spent a lot of time with in Russia and the national team, it means a lot coming from her because she was a pioneer when the game was just getting started in the WNBA, she put a lot of work into it.”
When Taurasi set the record, the Mercury were getting blown out and when they stopped the game to present her with the ball, it looked like Taurasi was going to get physcially ill.
“She felt like she looked, I am surprised they stopped the game to honor (me) on the road when…
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