Newsroom Notes: Taurasi Keeping a Good Thing Going

By Arash Azarmi,
Posted: June 15, 2009

It seemed that the whole Mercury team caught fire at various times during Saturday’s game against the Sacramento Monarchs. But only one person has been consistently on fire for almost two seasons now. Specifically, from beyond the arc.

Diana Taurasi went 6 for 13 from behind the 3-point line which boosts her streak of games with at least one made 3-pointer to an astounding 50 games.

It happened almost halfway through the first quarter when Temeka Johnson found Taurasi in the left corner with a skip pass. Taurasi squared up, released the ball and swished it through.

The current streak began on July 27, 2007, just one game after her previous league-best streak of 40 games came to an end.

Time Flies

Tangela Smith appeared in her 350th career game during Friday night’s game at Sacramento. This makes her just the third player in WNBA history to accomplish the feat.

So how does the 11-year veteran keep going strong? Smith credits her fountain of youth to the Mercury training staff and good habits.

“For one, we have the best trainer in the WNBA, hands down. She (Tamara Poole) takes care of our bodies. She knows her stuff. She’s the bomb.”

“Other than that, just eat well and take care of your body, whether during the season or off-season. That’s all you need to know.”

Smith now trails only San Antonio’s Vickie Johnson (379) and former Mercury Murriel Page (354) in career games played.

One Year Wiser

Mercury star Diana Taurasi turned 27-years-old last Thursday. She said she celebrated her birthday with her teammates and good friend and fellow Connecticut alum Ashley Battle at midnight after the Mercury win against New York.

“We just went out, had some dinner. It was just nice to relax and chill out with everyone.”

Taurasi said she doesn’t really like to make big deals out of her birthdays, but she still enjoys receiving presents.

“My favorite present actually came from the rook (rookie DeWanna Bonner). She got me this beautiful card with a laminated thousand dollar bill. So that’s probably been my best present in a long time.” (laughs)