Diana Taurasi Passes Tina Thompson to Become WNBA's All-Time Leading Scorer

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistJune 18, 2017

PHOENIX, AZ - MAY 8:  Diana Taurasi #3 of the Phoenix Mercury poses for a photo during Media Day on May 8, 2017 at the Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, Arizona. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2017 NBAE (Photo by Barry Gossage/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Phoenix Mercury guard Diana Taurasi strengthened her case as perhaps the greatest player in WNBA history Sunday by becoming the league's all-time leading scorer during her team's game against the Los Angeles Sparks.

The WNBA shared her record-setting points that surpassed Tina Thompson's previous mark of 7,488:

Taurasi commented on the achievement after the game:

Kevin Durant, Kobe Bryant, Swin Cash and LeBron James were among those to comment on Taurasi's achievement:

Prior to Sunday's accomplishment, Taurasi had already made WNBA history earlier this month. She led the Mercury to a 99-91 victory against the Chicago Sky with 37 points and eight three-pointers, which moved her into second place on the all-time scoring list and gave her the record for most triples in a career. According to the Associated Press (h/t USA Today), the effort moved Taurasi past Katie Smith, who held the previous record of 906 three-pointers.

Thompson, the WNBA's previous all-time leading scorer, played for the Houston Comets, Los Angeles Sparks and Seattle Storm from 1997 through 2013 and earned spots on eight different All-WNBA teams. Tamika Catchings, who played for the Indiana Fever throughout her entire 15-season career, is the only other player in WNBA history aside from Taurasi and Thompson to surpass the 7,000-point mark.

Taurasi has never played for a WNBA team other than the Mercury even though she sat out the 2015 season to rest for her Russian club team. She was the 2003-04 Rookie of the Year and 2008-09 league MVP, and she has been an 11-time member of a first or second All-WNBA Team. She is also a three-time WNBA champion.

Beyond all of that, she's now the greatest scorer in league history.

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