Diana Taurasi added another record to her incredible resume when she became the first WNBA player to score 30 points in a game at 40-years-old or older, per ESPN Sports and Info.
Diana Taurasi is the first player in @WNBA history with a 30-point game at age 40 or older.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) July 29, 2022
She’s the 3rd in NBA/WNBA history to do it, joining Michael Jordan and Dirk Nowitzki. pic.twitter.com/spOdT6HCMH
Taurasi is the first player in combined WNBA and NBA history to score 30 at 40 since Michael Jordan and Dirk Nowitzki. The W’s all-time leader in scoring turned 40 on June 11, and through her 17 regular-season appearances since, she has averaged 18.5 points per game.
Last season, Taurasi became the first player to score 9,000 career points. Through the 501 games she’s played, she scored 9,681 total points. The three-time WNBA champion has averaged 17.5 points, 3.4 rebounds, and 4.1 assists per game on 38.0 percent shooting from the field and 34.2 percent from beyond the arc. Taurasi is in the final year of a multi-year extension in 2021.
HISTORIC NIGHT FOR DT (@DianaTaurasi)! 👏— WNBA (@WNBA) July 29, 2022
Not only scored 30 points and shot 5️⃣ threes in the Mercury win but also became the FIRST 40 or older WNBA player to score 30 points in a game! pic.twitter.com/oPsFWT1TGp
The Mercury (13-16) are third in the Western Conference behind the Aces (20-8) and Storm (18-11). Phoenix returns to action on Sunday with a road game against the Liberty (10-17)