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UConn Women’s Basketball: Huskies in the WNBA

After being sidelined with a back injury, Diana Taurasi is expected to make her WNBA season debut this weekend

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On Wednesday night, we found out that former Husky star and WNBA great Diana Taurasi will be part of the cast of Space Jam 2, reportedly. The big screen debut isn’t the only way Taurasi is making headlines this week, however.

Diana Taurasi expected to return to the court this weekend

Taurasi has been absent from the Phoenix Mercury’s lineup after being sidelined with a back injury prior to the season’s start. Without the WNBA all-time leading scorer on the floor, the Mercury have fallen to 10th place in the league with a 2-4 record. However, after scrimmaging with the team in practices this week, Taurasi is expected to return to action this weekend.

Her season debut is expected at home against the Los Angeles Sparks on Sunday.

Two former Huskies hit career milestones

On Wednesday night, former UConn star Tina Charles moved into 12th place on the WNBA all-time leading scorer list. Charles scored 16 points last night to reach 5,572 points, surpassing Delisha Milton-Jones.

Additionally, former Husky Tiffany Hayes scored an impressive 28 points in the Atlanta Dream’s win on Wednesday night to reach 3,000 career points.

Dolson and Williams help lead Chicago Sky to 2nd place in league standings

The Chicago Sky missed the playoffs last year, but currently sit at second place in the WNBA standings after a 5-2 start to the season. Their 2019 first round draft pick, Katie Lou Samuelson, is out with a fractured wrist.

However two other former Huskies - Stefanie Dolson and Gabby Williams - have been crucial components to Chicago's start to the season. Dolson is averaging 9.4 points, 6.1 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game, and is shooting over 53 percent from the floor. Williams has been excellent of the bench for the Sky, adding 6.4 points and 2.3 rebounds per game.