Taurasi stands alone atop WNBA scoring list

The Phoenix Mercury's Diana Taurasi set the WNBA's all-time scoring record on Sunday. Above Taurasi drives past the Connecticut Sun in a May 2016 game

The Phoenix Mercury's Diana Taurasi set the WNBA's all-time scoring record on Sunday. Above Taurasi drives past the Connecticut Sun in a May 2016 game

The Pheonix Mercury guard scored her 7,489th career point in a game against the Los Angeles Sparks, surpassing Tina Thompson's lifetime total of 7,488 points. "I was trying not to think about, wanted it to happen and do it organically". Taurasi ended the game with 19 points on 7-of-16 shooting, 3 rebounds and 1 assist.

She said in the weeks leading up to the historic points that she wasn't thinking about the record. The crowd gave Taurasi a standing ovation and she was presented with the game ball. "It worked in our favor we could see a historical night".

“To be that great for so many years is a testament to her work ethic and commitment to the game, ” Bryant told ESPN. "Her intellect and sacrifice". Shes just a phenomenal athlete.”.

“I am excited that it is Diana and it is my absolute pleasure to pass the torch on to her, ” Thompson said. “She and I have shared so many wonderful moments throughout our basketball careers, whether it was gold medals, championships or All-Star games. I am really excited for Diana and I think she is going to blow that record out of the water.”.

Taurasi, averaging 18.1 points this year, passed Tamika Catchings for second on the WNBA scoring list early this season.

This is only Taurasi's 13th season in the WNBA while Thompson played 17. The mark put her past then all-time WNBA career scorer Tina Thompson.

Riquna Williams hit back-to-back 3-pointers to push the lead to 30 points early in the fourth and Odyssey Sims hit two free throws to make it 90-57, the biggest lead of the season for Los Angeles.

She turned 35 this month and doesnt seem to be slowing down. Taurasi has extended her contract with the league through 2020.

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