Mercury Guard Diana Taurasi Named WNBA Player of the Week

NEW YORK, July 10, 2006 – Diana Taurasi of the Phoenix Mercury was named WNBA Player of the Week for games played Monday, July 3 through Sunday, July 10. The 2006 WNBA All-Star earned the second Player of the Week award in her career.

Taurasi averaged 24.7 points, 5.7 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 1.7 steals and shot 44 percent from field-goal range (26-for-59) and 69 percent from the free throw line (11-for-16) as the Mercury posted a 2-1 record on a three-game road trip.

She scored a career-high 36 points in a 94-88 overtime victory over the New York Liberty on Sunday, July 9, while pulling down 9 rebounds, dishing 5 assists, grabbing 3 steals and shooting 12-for-22 from the field, 7-for-12 from three-point range and 5-for-6 from the free throw line.

The day before, Taurasi had an equally impressive game with 25 points, 4 assists, 4 rebounds and 10-for-24 field goals in a 77-82 loss against the Connecticut Sun.

Taurasi currently leads the league in three-point field goals made (63.0), is ranked second in points per game (23.2) and third in points (417.0) and field-goals made (144.0).

Other candidates for WNBA Player of the Week were Connecticut’s Taj McWilliams-Franklin, Indiana’s Anna DeForge, Minnesota’s Seimone Augustus, Sacramento’s Nicole Powell and Washington’s Chasity Melvin.

About the WNBA
Featuring 14 teams and the greatest female basketball players from around the world, the WNBA is the longest-running and most successful women’s professional team sports league in U.S. history. The WNBA’s 10th Anniversary season includes appointment viewing on Tuesday nights as ESPN2 will televise 14 WNBA games – including five doubleheaders – on Tuesdays this spring/summer. The 2006 WNBA All-Star Game set to take place on July 12 at Madison Square Garden in New York City (live on ESPN at 7:00 ET). WNBA games and programming also will be shown in 198 countries via 79 telecasters in 34 languages this season.

More »


2014 WNBA Finals – Game 3 Minimovie

An all-access look at the thrilling conclusion to the WNBA Finals – a back and forth classic that crowned the Phoenix Mercury the 2014 champions

Wireless: Coach Brondello Sets Up Diana Taurasi's Game Winner!

Take an inside, wireless lok at Phoenix Mercury head coach Sandy Brondello setting up Diana Taurasi's epic, game-winning shot in Game 3 of the WNBA Finals to perfection!

Taurasi's 24-point MVP Performance in Finals Win!

Check out this highlight clip of the 2014 WNBA Finals MVP Diana Taurasi, as she pours in 24-points in the championship-clinching win over the Chicago Sky.

2014 Finals MVP: Diana Taurasi

Watch WNBA President Laurel Richie present Diana Taurasi with the 2014 WNBA Finals MVP Award.

Through The Lens: Phoenix Rising

Relive the Mercury’s 2014 Championship win over the Chicago Sky through the slow-motion action of the phantom cam lens.