PHOENIX MERCURY

Mercury’s Diana Taurasi could be alone at the 9,000-point club for awhile

Jun 29, 2021, 6:04 PM
JUNE 27: Diana Taurasi #3 of the Phoenix Mercury handles the ball against the Los Angeles Sparks du...
JUNE 27: Diana Taurasi #3 of the Phoenix Mercury handles the ball against the Los Angeles Sparks during the WNBA game at Phoenix Suns Arena on June 27, 2021 in Phoenix, Arizona.(Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
(Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

It may be a long time before anyone joins Diana Taurasi in the 9,000-point club.

The Phoenix Mercury star became the first WNBA player to score over 9,000 points in a triumphant return from a fractured sternum injury that sidelined her for five weeks. The next closest active player is former teammate Candice Dupree, who is more than 2,000 points behind Taurasi.

All things considered, Taurasi said it was good timing.


She said Sunday after scoring 25 points that it “was nice to do it in front of the home crowd of the first game when we have full capacity and to get it in a win. So, there was a lot of positives of getting it today. And, you know, it’s good.”

More importantly for Taurasi and the Mercury is the hope that they can get on a roll before the Olympic break next month.

The Mercury currently sit in seventh in the AP power poll this week as Las Vegas moved back into the top spot after beating Seattle in overtime on Sunday.

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