Diana Taurasi isn’t done breaking records.
The Phoenix Mercury star inked her name in the history books once again Thursday night, becoming the first WNBA player to score 30 or more points at the age of 40 or older.
She joins Michael Jordan and Dirk Nowitzki as only the third athlete to complete the feat in WNBA or NBA history.
Diana Taurasi joins Michael Jordan and Dirk Nowitzki as the only players in WNBA/NBA history to record a 30-point game at age 40 or older 👏 pic.twitter.com/UEL9Y8dREp— ESPN (@espn) July 29, 2022
Diana Taurasi joins Michael Jordan and Dirk Nowitzki as the only players in WNBA/NBA history to record a 30-point game at age 40 or older 👏 pic.twitter.com/UEL9Y8dREp
Taurasi notched 30 points, six rebounds and two assists Thursday to help Phoenix to a 90-80 win over the Los Angeles Sparks.
“Well, I mean, at this point — we were just talking about it in the hallway — when you’re old, everything’s a record,” Taurasi said after the game. “The first person to miss 15 3s in a game over 40. First person to have four offensive fouls in a two-minute span over 40. So, at least at this point, I’m just happy with a win. We can be the best team at 40, then I’m happy.”
Taurasi, who turned 40 on June 11, will look to clinch another playoff appearance with Phoenix after moving into sixth place in the league standings. A postseason run would mark the Mercury’s 10th straight playoff campaign.