Taurasi Named Player of the Week
PHOENIX – Phoenix Mercury guard Diana Taurasi, the reigning WNBA Western Conference Player of the Month, today was named Western Conference Player of the Week for June 30 – July 6, the league announced today. This marks the 18th career WNBA Player of the Week honor for Taurasi, her second this season (June 2 – 8), and the third time a Mercury player has won the award this year (Brittney Griner, June 16 – 22). Taurasi’s 18 WNBA Player of the Week awards rank third in WNBA history behind only Tamika Catchings (20) and Lauren Jackson (19).
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Taurasi scored 15 points on Wednesday vs. Chicago and became the second-leading scorer in WNBA history, passing Katie Smith. The six-time All-Star and 2009 WNBA MVP currently has 6,489 career points and trails the WNBA’s all-time scoring leader Tina Thompson by 999 points.
Yesterday, at Los Angeles, Taurasi connected on a season-high seven three-pointers en route to a season-high 32 points to help the Mercury to their seventh consecutive win, tying a franchise record. With the Mercury clining to a one-point lead, Taurasi connected on a deep three-pointer with 8.7 seconds remaining to seal the victory. In two games last week, Taurasi averaged 23.5 points and 5.0 assists, and shot 51.7 percent from the field (15-of-29) and 60.0 percent from beyond the 3-point line (9-of-15).
Taurasi was named WNBA Western Conference Player of the Month last Monday after averaging 18.7 points and a league-best 6.9 assists in the month of June. This season, Taurasi ranks fifth in the WNBA in scoring (18.9 ppg), second in assists (6.1 apg) and third in free throw percentage (.921, 82-of-89).
Taurasi and the Mercury have the best record in the WNBA at 13-3 (.813) and return home Wednesday to host the Seattle Storm in their annual matinee game with a 12:30 p.m. tipoff at US Airways Center.