On Thursday night the Phoenix Mercury defeated the Connecticut Sun 84-77 as Diana Taurasi achieved another career milestone, surpassing Tina Thompson with her 2,631st career field goal made to become the WNBA’s all-time field goal leader.
The former UConn women’s basketball star took the top spot with a 3-pointer early in the third quarter.
Taurasi scored an additional field goal prior to the end of Thursday’s game, and now sits on top of the leaderboard with 2,632 field goals in just her 14th season. Thompson’s prior record was set in 17 seasons.
This wasn’t the first time Taurasi created buzz this week. Earlier in the week, she met Deandre Ayton, the No. 1 overall pick by the Phoenix Suns in the 2018 NBA Draft. Ayton had high praise for Taurasi after their meeting, saying that he was star struck and that “She is the Michael Jordan of the WNBA.”
Taurasi responded to the quote saying that “he’s not wrong” in reference to his comparison to Jordan, and also noted that the complement from Ayton meant a lot to her. The WNBA star is certainly no stranger to praise and record breaking as the field-goals made record is not her first of 2018. Earlier this season, she became the first WNBA player to ever surpass 8,000 career points and broke the career 3-pointers made record last season. Taurasi is also in the middle of another impressive season, averaging 20.4 points and 5.0 assists per game in 19 games with the Mercury.