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WNBA: Diana Tausari becomes all-time leading scorer

Diana Tausari is in a league all of her own.

Tausari became the all-time leading scorer in the Women’s National Basketball Association on Sunday, when the Phoenix Mercury took on the Los Angeles Sparks.

Despite the Mercury’s 90-59 loss, Tausari remained the player of the game. She now holds 7,488 points to her name in the WNBA, passing Tina Thompson. Also this season, Tausari became the all-time leading three-point shooter, passing Katie Smith, a former teammate.

The 35-year-old has been with the Mercury since 2004. With the team, she has won three WNBA Championship titles, in 2007, 2009 and 2014. In 2009, Tausari was named the league MVP, and in the 2009 and 2014 finals, she was named the finals MVP.

Before tip off, Tausari needed 14 points to break the record.

Instead, Tausari finished the game with 19 points in 22 minutes. She led the Mercury in scoring and 12 of her 19 points came from three-point shots.

A four-time gold medalist in various different summer Olympics, Tausari was complemented after the game by various NBA and WNBA players on social media.

“She came up to me during the tournament, and said, ‘I’m the White Mamba,'” Kobe Bryant, known as the Black Mamba, said.

“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.”

“When you’re on super teams, it’s easy to score,” Taurasi said, Friday.

Photo of Diana Tausari courtesy of the Associated Press.

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