Taurasi Nominated for Two ESPY Awards
2009 WNBA MVP and 2009 WNBA Finals MVP Diana Taurasi is nominated for two ESPY awards in the categories of Best Female Athlete and Best WNBA Player.
Taurasi earns the nomination after leading the Phoenix Mercury to the WNBA Championship in 2009, the franchise’s second title in three years, and after leading the league in scoring for the third time in the last four seasons. Arguably the best player in the world, Tauarsi is a two-time Olympic gold medalist (2004, 2008) and has led the Euroleague in scoring the past two seasons while playing for Spartak Moscow.
Should Taurasi win this year, it will not be the first ESPY on her mantle. The No. 1 pick in the 2004 WNBA Draft and 2004 WNBA Rookie of the Year has twice won the ESPY for Best Female College Athlete (2003, 2004) and was also named Best Female Athlete in 2004 after leading the University of Connecticut to three straight NCAA National Championships and winning the Naismith Player of the Year Award in two consecutive seasons (2003, 2004).
Winners of this year’s awards will be announced during the ESPY Awards show hosted by Saturday Night Live’s Seth Myers, which will be televised on ESPN live from the Nokia Theater in downtown Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 14 at 6 p.m. PT.
The Mercury returns from a three-game road trip on July 1 to host the Washington Mystics at 7 p.m. Two days later on July 3 the Mercury will take on the New York Liberty at 7 p.m. at US Airways Center. Fans can purchase lower-level tickets starting at just $10 by visiting phoenixmercury.com or calling 602-252-WNBA.