Taurasi named West Player of the Week
Phoenix Mercury guard Diana Taurasi was named the WNBA's Western Conference Player of the Week for the first week of the 2007 season, the league announced today.
It's the fourth such honor for the fourth-year guard and third in the last two seasons. Taurasi, who won the award for the final week of the 2006 regular season (Aug. 8-14), picked up right where she left off in her record-setting campaign a season ago by winning the first of the 2007 campaign. Taurasi also won the award on July 10, 2006, and August 8, 2005.
The league scoring champion last season, Taurasi averaged a WNBA-best 23.7 points in the opening week of 2007, and helped lead the Mercury to a 2-1 start, the team's best since 2004. During the week, Dee became the second-fastest player in league history to score 2,000 career points (tied with Seattle's Lauren Jackson and Detroit's Katie Smith), reaching the mark in her 104th career game on May 25 vs. Houston. Taurasi finished that contest with a game-high 37 points, the 10th effort of 30 or more points in her short career, fourth-most in WNBA history.
New York's Erin Thorn won the award for the Eastern Conference.
The Mercury return to action tonight looking to protect their undefeated home record as they host the Sacramento Monarchs at 7:00 p.m. at US Airways Center. Lower level seats are still available by calling (602) 252-WNBA.
Winners of a franchise-best seven straight to finish 2006, the Phoenix Mercury look to pick up where they left off led by All-Stars Diana Taurasi, Cappie Pondexter and Tangela Smith in the record-shattering offense of head coach Paul Westhead. Under the direction of new general manager Ann Meyers Drysdale, Phoenix will be showcased on ABC this Saturday, June 2 as it takes on the Connecticut Sun. At halftime of the game, the broadcast will feature a behind-the-scenes look at the Mercury's preparation for the 2007 season.