Social reaction to Taurasi’s record ranges from NBA stars to politicians
With four Olympic gold medals, three WNBA championships and a MVP honor under her belt, many already thought that Phoenix Mercury’s Diana Taurasi was the greatest women’s basketball player of all time.
After she broke the WNBA’s all-time scoring record on Sunday, it doesn’t seem like there’s much controversy surrounding that title.
The 35-year-old out of UConn entered Sunday’s game at the Los Angeles Sparks needing 14 points to surpass Tina Thompson, whose prior record of 7,488 was set in 496 career games over 17 seasons.
With a lay-up in the second quarter, she reached that 14-point mark, getting the new record in her 13th season and 377th career game.
Social media blew up after she accomplished the feat, with many NBA stars, local Valley teams and even politicians getting in on the action to reach out to Taurasi in congratulating the Mercury star.
Longtime NBA veteran Kobe Bryant was even on scene witnessing history with his family.
Game recognize game: Kobe on what he respects about Diana Taurasi’s career after she breaks the WNBA’s all-time scoring record pic.twitter.com/BxARGq8nVD
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) June 18, 2017
— Devin Booker (@DevinBook) June 18, 2017
— Mark Dalton (@CardsMarkD) June 18, 2017
Yep, DT gets buckets. Any way you want em
— Kevin Durant (@KDTrey5) June 18, 2017
— UNINTERRUPTED (@uninterrupted) June 18, 2017
— Phoenix Mercury (@PhoenixMercury) June 18, 2017
— Arizona Coyotes (@ArizonaCoyotes) June 18, 2017
— Arizona Cardinals (@AZCardinals) June 18, 2017
— Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks) June 19, 2017
— Greg Stanton (@MayorStanton) June 18, 2017
Congratulations Diana Taurasi. And she became new scoring leader in over 100 less career games than previous leader. Impressive. https://t.co/55PEyt9jCv
— Mark Brnovich (@GeneralBrnovich) June 18, 2017
— Jay Wright (@VUCoachJWright) June 18, 2017