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Skylar Diggins-Smith's Bio

About Skylar Diggins-Smith

WNBA CAREER

Acquired by Phoenix in a trade with Dallas on February 12, 2020

Missed the 2019 WNBA Season after giving birth to a son

Four-Time WNBA All-Star (2018, 2017, 2015, 2014)

Two-Time All-WNBA First Team member (2017, 2014)

2018 All-WNBA Second Team member

2014 WNBA Most Improved Player

Named to the 2013 WNBA All-Rookie Team

Three-time recipient of the WNBA Western Conference Player of the Week Award entering 2020 season…won on June 25, 2017, June 21, 2015 and June 15, 2014

Named Western Conference Player of the Month for June, 2015

Has ranked in the top-10 in scoring, assists and steals three times each (2018, 2017, 2014)

One of only two players in the WNBA since 2013 to rank in the top-10 in both scoring and assists in the same season at least three times, joining Diana Taurasi (four times – 2018, 2016, 2014, 2013)

Became just the third player in WNBA history to average at least 17 points and six assists per game in a season during 2018 (Diana Taurasi – 2013; Candace Parker – 2015)

Ranked second in the WNBA in scoring (20.1 ppg) during the 2014 WNBA season, trailing only Maya Moore

Averaged 20.1 points and 5.0 assists per game in 2014, becoming one of only three players in WNBA history to average at least 20 points and five assists in the same season (Diana Taurasi – 2018 and 2013, Cynthia Cooper – 1999)

One of only three players (Diana Taurasi, Cynthia Cooper) to rank in the top-20 in both the WNBA’s all-time points and assists per game charts

Her 4.9 assists per game is the sixth-best mark in WNBA history and ranks third among active players entering 2020 season

Recorded 21 points, 12 assists and 5 steals on July 10, 2014 against Minnesota, becoming the third player in WNBA history (Tamika Catchings, Ticha Penicheiro) to notch at least 20 points, 10 assists and five steals in a game and first since 2003

Set the Dallas franchise record for three-pointers made in a game with seven on June 23, 2017 at San Antonio

Two-Time league leader in free throws made (2017 – 195, 2014 – 186)…ranked fifth during the 2018 season (151)

Entering 2020 season with 2,670 career points, 826 assists and 225 steals in 168 games…on pace to become 19th player in WNBA history to reach 3,000 career points, 1,000 assists and 200 steals during 2020 season (Diana Taurasi, Sue Bird, Candace Parker, Kristi Toliver and Renee Montgomery are only active players to have reached such numbers)…could become the only player to do so in less than 200 career games

Scored 2,000th career point on August 19, 2017 vs. Atlanta…1,000th career point June 9, 2015 vs. Seattle

Scored a career-high 35 points on June 8, 2018 against Indiana to go along with a career-best 12 rebounds in the same game…with 6 assists in the game as well, marked the then third time in WNBA history a player posted at least 35 points, 10 rebounds and 5 steals in a game and first since 2008 (Tina Thompson – August 10, 2006, Candace Parker – July 9, 2008)…Las Vegas’ A’ja Wilson also did son on June 29, 2019

Recorded 750th career assist on July 12, 2018 at Los Angeles…500th career assist on June 18, 2017 at Washington…250th career assist on July 22, 2014 at San Antonio

Dished a career-best 12 assists on July 10, 2014 against Minnesota

Recorded 200th career steal on July 3, 2018 vs. Chicago…100th career steal on June 14, 2015 at San Antonio

Notched a career-best six steals on June 22, 2014 against Chicago

Selected with the third overall pick in the 2013 WNBA Draft by the Tulsa Shock…re-signed with the Dallas Wings to a multi-year contract extension on March 15, 2015…acquired by the Phoenix Mercury on February 12, 2020 in a trade

2018 SEASON

Named a WNBA All-Star for the fourth time in her career (2018, 2017, 2015, 2014)

Named to the All-WNBA Second Team…third time she’s been named All-WNBA (First Team in 2014 and 2017)

Averaged 17.9 points, 3.3 rebounds, a career-best 6.2 assists and 1.4 steals in 2018…her 17.9 points per game was the third-highest scoring output in her career (20.1 ppg in 201, 18.5 ppg in 2017)

Became just the third player in WNBA history to average at least 17 points and six assists per game in a season during 2018 (Diana Taurasi – 2013; Candace Parker – 2015)

One of only two players to rank in the top-10 in both assists and points per game in 2018 (Diana Taurasi)

Ranked 10th in the WNBA in scoring at 17.9 points per game

Ranked third in the league in both assists per game (6.2) and total assists on the season (199), both of which were career highs…was the third time in her career she’s ranked in the top-5 in each category

Recorded her 750th career assist on July 12 at Los Angeles…became ninth fastest player to 750 assists (156th career game)

Recorded career highs in both points (35) and rebounds (12) in Dallas’ game at Indiana on June 8

Recorded three double-doubles in 2018…two were points/assists (August 11 and July 12) and the other was points/rebounds (June 28)

Led the WNBA in minutes per game at 34.1, the third time in her career she’s done so (2018, 2017, 2014)

Her 1.4 steals per game ranked sixth in the WNBA

Ranked fifth in the WNBA in both free throws made (180) and free throw attempts (151)

Scored in double figures in 26 of the 32 games she appeared in…recorded five or more assists in 24 games…dished seven or more assists 19 times

Scored 20 or more points 14 times throughout the season…scored 30 or more points twice

Dished at least one assist in all 32 games she played in

Recorded 35 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists in Dallas’ game at Indiana on June 8…marked the then third time in WNBA history a player posted at least 35 points, 10 rebounds and 5 steals in a game and first since 2008 (Tina Thompson – August 10, 2006, Candace Parker – July 9, 2008)…Las Vegas’ A’ja Wilson also did son on June 29, 2019

Knocked down a career-best 51 three-pointers on the season, the second consecutive season she’s made at least 45 (49 in 2017)

Posted 23 points, 7 assists and 4 rebounds in Dallas’ lone playoff game on August 21 at Phoenix

2017 SEASON

Named a WNBA All-Star for the third time in her career (2017, 2015, 2014)

Named to the All-WNBA First Team for the second time in her career (2017, 2014)

Named Western Conference Player of the Week on June 25

Averaged 18.5 points, 5.8 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game…led Dallas in scoring, assists, blocks (0.8) and free throw percentage (89.4 percent)

Ranked seventh in the league in scoring (18.5 ppg) and fourth in assists (5.8 apg)…only player in the WNBA to rank in the top-10 in both scoring and assists

Scored her 2,000th career point on August 19 vs. Atlanta

Dished her 500th career assist on June 18 at Washington

Dished at least one assist in all 34 of the Wings’ games in 2017…recorded five or more assists 23 times on the season…seven or more assists 16 times

Scored in double figures in 32 of the 34 games she appeared in, including 30 consecutive 10+ point performances from May 30 to September 3 in the team’s final 30 games of the season

Was the only player in 2017 to average at least 18 points and five assists per game, the second time she’s done so (2014) and just the eighth time it’s been done in league history…only five additional players have averaged 18 points and 5 assists in a season in league history in Cynthia Cooper, Becky Hammon (twice), Cappie Pondexter, Diana Taurasi (twice) and Candace Parker

Knocked down a career-high seven three-pointers against San Antonio on June 23 leading to a season-high 30 points

Led the league in free throws made with career-best mark of 195, the second time she’s led the WNBA (2014 – 186)

Blocked a career-high four shots on August 30 against Chicago

Ranked ninth in the WNBA in total steals on the season with 45

Notched one double-double on the season with 17 points and 11 assists on August 19 against Atlanta

Led the WNBA in minutes per game for the second time in her career at 34.2 mpg (2017, 2014)

Made her first postseason appearance, scoring 15 points in the Wings’ lone playoff game against Washington on September 6

2016 SEASON

Played in 27 games after missing the first seven games of the season recovering from an ACL injury she suffered in 2015

Came back to average 13.1 points and 3.4 assists per game…ranked second on the team in both scoring and assists

Scored a season-high 29 points twice on June 28 at Los Angeles and July 22 at Atlanta

Scored the most points by a Wings player in the first quarter (15) during the team’s game on July 22 against Atlanta

Scored in double figures 16 times on the season…scored 20+ six times

Dished five or more assists six times, including a season high of nine on July 17 against Minnesota

2015 SEASON

Helped guide the Tulsa Shock to an 8-1 start before suffering an ACL injury on June 26 against Seattle that caused her to miss the remainder of the season

Named to her second WNBA All-Star Game (2015, 2014) and was the top vote getter in the west…was unable to play due to knee injury

Named Western Conference Player of the Month for June

Named Western Conference Player of the Week on June 21

Prior to the injury, averaged 17.8 points, 5.0 assists, 2.7 rebounds and 1.5 steals in nine games

Scored her 1,000th career points on June 9 against Seattle

Scored a season-high 31 points on June 28 against Seattle

Scored in double figures in eight of the nine games she played in…score 20+ in four games

Dished at least one assist in all nine games…five games of five or more assists

Missed only four free throws of her 49 attempts prior to the injury

2014 SEASON

Named a WNBA All-Star for the first time in her career…scored 27 points in the game, the then second-most points in an All-Star game in league history

Named to the All-WNBA First Team

Named the WNBA’s Most Improved Player for the season

Named Western Conference Player of the Week on June 15

Appeared and started in all 34 of Tulsa’s games…averaged a career-high 20.1 points, 5.0 assists, 2.5 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game

Became one of only three players in WNBA history to average at least 20 points and five assists in the same season (Diana Taurasi – 2018 and 2013, Cynthia Cooper – 1999)

Shot a career-best 42.3 percent (232-of-548) on the season

Led the WNBA in minutes (career-high 35.1 mpg)

Ranked second in the WNBA in scoring (20.1 ppg), trailing only Maya Moore (23.9 ppg)

Ranked fifth in the league in assists (5.0 apg)

Was the only player in the WNBA to rank in the top-five in both scoring and assists…only Diana Taurasi and Odyssey Sims ranked in the top-10 in each category

Scored 683 points on the season, breaking Tulsa’s single-season record in total points…previously held by Deanna Nolan (559)

Led the league in made free throws with 186…got to the free throw line a career-best 221 times

Her 20.1 points per game mark was the highest scoring average in Tulsa history…previously held by Deanna Nolan (16.9)

Scored a then career-high 34 points on a career-high 14 field goals on July 22 at San Antonio

Totaled 170 assists on the season, breaking the Tulsa single-season record in total assists…previously held by Deanna Nolan (150)

Dished a career-best 12 assists against Minnesota on July 10

Scored in double figures in 33-of-34 games…scored 20+ points in 18 games, including five-straight from July 1-July 10

Dished at least one assist in all 34 games…15 games with five or more and eight games with nine or more

2013 SEASON

Appeared in 32 games for Tulsa in 2013 earning the start in 21 of them

Named to the WNBA All-Rookie Team

Averaged 5.8 points, 3.8 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.9 rebounds in 26.4 minutes per game…led the team in assists

Ranked third among WNBA rookies in scoring, first in assists, first in steals, second in minutes and tenth in rebounding

Scored in double figures in 12 games, including a season-high 22 points on June 16 against Phoenix

Dished a season-high 11 assists twice on May 27 against Washington (second career game) and June 23 at Minnesota

Dished at least one assist in every game she appeared in, including nine games with at least five or more

COLLEGE CAREER

Three-time All-American at Notre Dame (2013, 2012, 2011)

Big East Player of the Year as a junior and a senior (2013, 2012)

Three-time All-Big East First Team Member (2013, 2012, 2011)

Three-time All-Big East All-Academic selection (2013, 2012, 2011)

Two-time Nancy Lieberman Award winner as nation’s top guard (2013, 2012)…became third player in the history of the award to win it at least twice (Sue Bird and Diana Taurasi)

Led Notre Dame to NCAA title game as a sophomore and a junior, earning Regional MOP and Final Four All-Tournament honors each time

Finished career as Notre Dame’s all-time leader in scoring and steals and ranked second two in assists

Also finished as program’s all-time leader in steals, free throws made and attempted, games started and minutes played

First Notre Dame player to reach 2,000 career points, 500 assists and 500 rebounds in a career

Became the then fourth Div. I player since 2000-01 to register 600 points, 200 assists and 100 steals in a season during junior year

Started in all but one game in her career, giving up starting role on February 26, 2011 in order for walk-on Mary Forr to start on Senior Day

INTERNATIONAL

Member of Team USA’s roster that competed in Serbia for Olympic qualifiers in February, 2019…averaged 8.0 points, 4.0 assists and 2.0 rebounds in the three games

Member of Team USA’s roster that competed in Argentina for the FIBA Women’s Pre-Olympic Qualifiers…averaged 6.7 points, 4.0 assists and 3.7 rebounds in the three games

One of eight players who committed to participate in USA’s 2019-20 expanded training program on July 27, 2019

Gold medalist – 2012 FIBA 3×3 World Championships

Gold medalist – 2011 World University Games

Gold medalist – 2009 FIBA U19 World Championships

Gold medalist – 2008 FIBA Americas U18 Championship

PERSONAL

Born and raised in South, Ind.

Daughter of Renee Scott and Tige Diggins and stepdaughter to Maurice Scott

Has three brothers (Destyn Diggins, Maurice Scott Jr. and Tige Diggins Jr.) an one sister (Haneefah Davis)

Was married in April of 2017 to Daniel Smith, who played football at Notre Dame

Attended Washington High School

Finished high school career with 2,790 career points, the third-highest girl’s scoring total in Indiana history

Majored in Business Management at Notre Dame

Worked at ESPN during the summer of 2012

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