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20 Moments of 2016 – June 24: Taurasi Rewrites the Record Books

In the days leading up to the New Year, WNBA.com is reliving the best of the league’s landmark 20th season in its 20 Moments of 2016 series. Check back each day from now until December 31 for more!

20 MOMENTS: WNBA Draft | Breanna Stewart’s Debut | Wings’ First Game in Dallas | Mystics-Sun Triple-OT | Lynx-Sparks Round 1 | WNBA Top 20@20 | Taurasi’s 7,000th Point | Hammon’s Jersey Retired | Jackson’s Jersey Retired | EDD vs. Stewie Duel | Olympians Capture Gold | Swin Cash Night | Pondexter Moves to No. 5 in Scoring | So Long, Penny | Stars Celebrate Duo | Tamika’s Farewell | Angel’s Playoff Showcase | Ogwumike Named MVP | Beard’s Finals Buzzer-Beater | An Epic Finale

The Moment

Longtime Phoenix Mercury superstar Diana Taurasi became just the third player in WNBA history to reach 7,000 career points, joining legends Tamika Catchings and Tina Thompson. But DT carved out her own place in history as the fasted player to reach the mark.

The Flashback

Diana Taurasi Joins the 7,000-Point Club

The Significance

There’s no doubting Taurasi’s place as one of the WNBA’s all-time greats; this accomplishment just cemented yet another piece of her ultimate legacy. The speed at which she reached 7,000 career points — 349 games compared to 438 for Catchings and 496 for Thompson — speaks to how prolific a scorer she’s been throughout her career.

Yet Taurasi was not done in 2016 and likely won’t be down etching her name in the record books anytime soon. The Mercury fell short of expectations on the season, but Taurasi did lead them to back-to-back playoff wins, improving her career record in elimination games to 13-3. In the process, she became the all-time WNBA leader in career three-pointers, and she sits six shy of Katie Smith for the regular-season record heading into 2017.

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