Taurasi's Top Three All-Star Games

By Ben York, PhoenixMercury.com
Posted: July 24, 2013



Now in her 10th WNBA season, Diana Taurasi has shown zero signs of slowing down.

Playing the lead guard position for Phoenix, Taurasi's 5.6-assist average is the second-highest in the WNBA this season. Averaging 22.4 points including two 30-point games in 2013, Taurasi is on pace to lead the league in scoring once again.

Perhaps more timely, Taurasi has made the WNBA All-Star game every year sheís been in the league: 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011 and now 2013 (there were no All-Star games in 2004, 2008, 2010 2012 due to Olympics).

In celebration of Taurasiís amazing accomplishment, take a look back on her top three WNBA All-Star performances. Be sure to watch the 2013 WNBA All-Star Game on ABC Saturday, July 27 at 12:30 P.M. Arizona time.

No. 3: 2011, San Antonio



Recap: 2011 featured a record number of first-time WNBA All-Stars, and a halftime ceremony honoring the best players in WNBA history (Taurasi was obviously one of the honorees). Katie Douglas hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with 56.7 seconds left, and the Eastern Conference hung on for just its third All-Star game victory over the West, 118-113. The East shot 47 percent from behind the arc while hitting 16 3s, more than twice as many as the West. It was the East's first victory since 2007, when it won 103-99.

Taurasiís Line: Scoring 13 points (including three 3-pointers), Taurasi tied Cappie Pondexter with a game-high seven assists to go along with four rebounds.

No. 2: 2009, Connecticut

Recap: Swin Cash scored an All-Star Game record 22 points and won the MVP award after she helped the Western Conference get back on the winning track in a 130-118 victory over the East. Nicole Powell had 21 points and Sue Bird had 16 for the West in the WNBA's highest scoring All-Star Game at the time.



Taurasiís Line: Scoring 18 points from the floor on 7-11 shooting, Taurasi also tallied four rebounds and four assists in just 20 minutes of play.

No. 1: 2007, Washington

Recap: Cheryl Ford of the Detroit Shock had 16 points and 13 rebounds to take the MVP honors and the Sun's Katie Douglas scored 18 points to give the East a 103-99 victory in Washington, D.C., the East's second straight All-Star win since losing the first six All-Star games.

Taurasiís Line: Dishing out a game-high nine assists with zero turnovers, Taurasi also scored 13 points and grabbed four rebounds in 25 minutes.