It took just one game into the 2018 season for Diana Taurasi to once again make history.
With five minutes left in the third quarter, Taurasi pulled up from beyond the arc and drained her fourth three pointer of the game. Already the WNBA leader for most threes ever, Taurasi became the first player to ever hit 1,000 career three-pointers.
“You never know what she can do,” Brittney Griner said about her teammate. “She’s not going to talk about it, but that’s amazing.”
To put into perspective on just how incredible of an accomplishment this is, Taurasi became just the fourth professional basketball player to hit 1,000 threes before their 400th game. Saturday was the 399th game of her career as she joined Damian Lillard (385), Klay Thompson (372) and Stephen Curry (369) at the top of the history books.
“It’s pretty cool,” Taurasi said. “I told the guys in here ‘you play long enough, it’ll happen.”
Head Coach Sandy Brondello isn’t buying longevity being the reason for Taurasi’s legacy.
“She’s broken all the other records,” Brondello said. “She jokes ‘if you play long enough you’re going to break these records’ but you have to be a pretty special player to do what she’s done. She continues to do it.”
She continued to do it in the season opener against the Dallas Wings on Friday. Not only did she reach the 1,000 milestone, but she also led the team with 26 points in the victory.
At 35 years old, Taurasi continues to dominate on the basketball court and Griner doesn’t expect this to change any time soon.
“Night in and night out, everyone has seen it,” Griner said. “Big shots, smart plays, seeing stuff ahead of time. The sky is still the limit for her, honestly, on how long she wants to play.”
As for what is next for the player known as the “GOAT”…
“Who knows?,” Brondello said. “Can she break anything else?”
Taurasi is already the WNBA’s all-time leading scorer, but she is also just 107 points away from scoring 8,000 career points. As that milestone awaits, the Mercury will look to build off their 86-78 victory when they tip-off against the Storm on Sunday.