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Diana Taurasi breaks WNBA scoring record

29 SEPT 2013: Mercury's Diana Taurasi (3) during Game 2 of the WNBA Western Conference Finals between the Phoenix Mercury and Minnesota Lynx at US Airways Arena in Phoenix, AZ.
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Phoenix Mercury guard Diana Taurasi became the WNBA’s all-time leading scorer on Sunday afternoon during her team’s game against the Los Angeles Sparks on a lay-up in the second quarter. By reaching 7,489 points for her career, she passes Tina Thompson for first on the all-time scoring list.

Taurasi is one of just three players in league history to reach the 7,000-point mark, alongside Thompson and Tamika Catchings. The next closest active player to catching her is Cappie Pondexter, who ranks fifth all-time in scoring and more than 1,000 points behind her.

She first entered the league when she was selected with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2004 WNBA Draft by the Phoenix Mercury out of the University of Connecticut, where she was a three-time National Champion.

Her list of accomplishments since entering the league has been long: she has been a seven-time All-Star, a nine-time All-NBA First Team selection, a three-time NBA Champion and two-time Finals MVP, while having been named the league’s MVP in 2009.

Coming into play on Sunday, Taurasi was averaging 18.2 points per game. Five times in her WNBA career, she has led the league in scoring, including four consecutive years from 2008-2011. Heading into this season, she was averaging 19.9 points per game for her career.

Despite her domination in the league, she has chosen to continue playing in Russia when her scheduled allowed, even deciding to not play during the 2015 WNBA year. She returned last season and shot a career-low from the field and played the fewest average minutes of her career, but managed to average 23.6 points per game during the playoffs.

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