Diana Taurasi Becomes First WNBA Player to Score 9,000 Career Points

In Phoenix Mercury legend Diani Taurasi, are actively witnessing one of the greatest WNBA players repeatedly etch her name into the history books.

During the Mercury’s 88-79 win over the Los Angeles Sparks on Sunday night, Taurasi became the first player in W history to score 9,000 career points.

With 8:23 left in the second quarter, Taurasi drove and laid in a contested and-one to reach her 9,000th career point.

The next closest player on the league’s list is four-time champion Tina Thompson with 7,488 points, while Candice Dupree is the closest active player with 6,820 points.

Taurasi, a three-time WNBA champion, has long awaited a return to Phoenix’s starting lineup after suffering a fractured sternum on May 16. Taurasi returned to typical form in her first game back since the injury, dropping 25 points.

The 39-year-old has been a lone ranger at the top of the league’s charts for years, becoming the league’s all-time leading scorer in 2017. With a gargantuan trophy case and plethera of league records, the 11-time All-Star has her eyes set on grabbing 1,000 more points.

“I guess I’ll be happy if I get to 10,000,” Taurasi said. “That’s when I’ll really be happy and celebrate; I might even throw myself a party. But 9,000, I just feel like there’s a lot of work to be done.”