Wayne Gretzky, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Morten Andersen, and now Diana Taurasi. All of these athletes are leading scorers in their respective sports.
Taurasi, guard for the Phoenix Mercury, most recently became the leading scorer for the league she plays in, the WNBA. She went ahead of Tina Thompson last night. Now, she can simply build on her record of 7,507 points.
She only needed 14 points to eclipse the record, which she easily scored in the first half. She had 19 points in the game, according to ESPN.
The points and the record-setting night were not enough, as Phoenix lost to the reigning champion Los Angeles Sparks 90-59.
Despite losing, Taurasi cherished the moment as her family was watching.
“It’s pretty special I got to do it in front of my family on Father’s Day in LA,” Taurasi said.
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Kobe Bryant, who is an advocate for the WNBA, was present when Taurasi broke the record. He told Holly Rowe of ESPN how Taurasi got her nickname, “The White Mamba.”
“She came up to me during the tournament, and said, ‘I’m the White Mamba,'” Bryant said, adding his response, “‘Yes, you are — you’ve got every bit the temperament.'”
Tina Thompson was a good sport as her record was broken.
“Congratulations to Diana on becoming the WNBA’s all-time leading scorer. I am excited that it is Diana and it is my absolute pleasure to pass the torch on to her,” Thompson said. “Diana is one of the best players to ever play the game and definitely one of my favorites. She has done amazing things and I am so grateful that I’ve been able to share many of those with her.”
Taurasi turns 35 this month but continues to live up to her nickname. She has signed an extension through 2020.