Diana Taurasi

Position: Guard/Forward
Height: 6'0" / 183 cms.
Weight: 165 lbs. / 75 kgs.
WNBA Team: Phoenix Mercury
School: University of Connecticut ‘04
Hometown: Chino, California

USA Basketball Notes:

  • Honors: 2006, 2010 & 2012 USA Basketball Female Athlete of the Year, named to the five-member 2010 All-FIBA World Championship Team, awarded the 3-point trophy at the 2006 World
  • Gold Medals: 2004, 2008 & 2012 Olympics, 2010 FIBA World Championship, 2008 FIBA Diamond Ball Tournament, 2007 FIBA Americas Championship, 2007 FIBA Americas Championship, 2000 Junior World Championship Qualifying Tournament.
  • Silver Medal: 2007 FIBA World League Tournament.
  • Bronze Medals: 2006 FIBA World Championship, 2001 Junior World Championship.
  • Championship, named to the five-member 2001 FIBA All-Junior World Championship Team, was the July 2001 USA Basketball Female Athlete of the Month.
  • Attended the 2013 USA National Team mini-camp Oct. 4-6 in Las Vegas, was injured and unable to participate.
  • Is one of only eight players to have earned a World Championship gold medal, Olympic gold medal, an NCAA title and WNBA championship (Sue Bird, Swin Cash, Tamika Catchings, Cynthia Cooper, Maya Moore, Sheryl Swoopes and Kara Wolters).
    • Played on a pair of USA junior teams in 2000 and 2001 before being called up to the USA National Team in 2004. Since then, has helped the USA earn three Olympic gold medals (24-0), the 2010 FIBA World Chmapionship gold (9-0), 2007 FIBA Americas Championship gold (5-0) and 2006 FIBA World Championship bronze medal (8-1), and helped lead USA National Teams to a 27-1 record in exhibition play.
    • Ranked second among the 12-team field at the 2012 Olympics for free throw percentage (.960, 24-25 FTs).
    • Owns the U.S. Olympic record for most 3-point field goals made with eight, a feat she has accomplished three times, once in each of her Olympic appearances.
    • Currently ranks fifth all-time among U.S. Olympic career record holders for points (254) and assists (50), eighth for rebounds (79), third for free throw percentage (.936) and seventh for 3-point field goal percentage (.396) through three Olympiads.
    • Aided the 2007 USA Select Team to a 3-2 record and the silver medal at the 2007 FIBA World League Tournament in Ekaterinburg, Russia.
    • Attended part of the USA's 2007 Italy camp, but did not compete due to her team's EuroLeague schedule.
    • Earned the ‘06 FIBA World Championship’s 3-point trophy after nailing 50.0 percent of her 50 attempts from afar.
    • Her 6-of-7 shooting from 3-point in the 2006 bronze medal game set the USA World Championship single-game record for made 3-pointers and tied the record for attempts.
    • Joined the 2004 USA National Team less than 48 hours after winning her third NCAA title and averaged 9.0 ppg., 2.3 rpg. and 4.0 apg. in the USA's three spring exhibition games.
    • Member of the 2001 USA Junior World Championship (U19) Team that posted a 6-1 record and earned the bronze medal in Brno, Czech Republic; was named to the five-member
    All-FIBA Junior World Championship Team.
    • Member of the 2000 USA Junior World Championship Qualifying (U18) Team that won gold with a 5-0 record in Mar del Plata, Argentina.

Professional Notes:

  • Drafted: No. 1 overall in 2004 by the Phoenix Mercury.
  • WNBA titles: 2007, 2009.
  • WNBA MVP: 2009.
  • WNBA Finals MVP: 2009.
  • All-WNBA first team: 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013.
  • All-WNBA second team: 2005.
  • WNBA All-Star Games: 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013.
  • WNBA Rookie of the Year: 2004.
  • WNBA All-Decade Team honorable mention: 1997-2006.
  • Top 15 Players in WNBA History (15th Anniv. Team): 2011.
  • WNBA Scoring Champion: 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011.
  • EuroLeague All-Star Games: 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010.
  • EuroLeague titles: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2013.
  • EuroLeague Finals MVP: 2009, 2010.
  • EuroLeague Scoring Champion: 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012.
  • Has played in Europe since the 2005-06 season, starting with Moscow Dynamo for one year before signing with Spartak Moscow Region Vidnoje, where she helped Spartak claim four-straight EuroLeague titles, including 2010 when Spartak earned a perfect 16-0 record. She then played seven EuroLeague contests for Fenerbache (Turkey) in 2010-11, during which time Fener went undefeated; played for Galatasaray (Turkey) in 2011-12; and spent the 2012-13 season helping lead UMMC Ekaterinburg (Russia) to the 2013 EuroLeage crown.
  • Sat out most of the 2012 WNBA season due to injury.
  • Six-time ESPY award winner: Best WNBA Player (2012, 2011, 2010), Best Female College Athlete (2003, 2004) and Best Female Athlete (2004).
  • Became the first WNBA player to reach the 800-point mark in a single season, finishing the 2006 campaign with 860, bettered the previous marks (23.1 ppg., 739 points) established in 2001 by Katie Smith.

College Notes:

  • In her four years, helped the University of Connecticut Huskies to a 139-8 (.946) overall record, including a 22-1 (.957) mark in NCAA tournaments, winning three NCAA titles, along with four Big East Conference regular season and two Big East Tournament crowns.
  • Was the fifth two-time winner of the Naismith Player of the Year award (2003, 2004), also collected a pair of Honda awards (2003, 2004)..
  • Named to the Big East Silver Anniversary Team, the only then-current student-athlete selected to the squad.
  • Wade Trophy (2003) and National Player of the Year by the Associated Press and USBWA (2003).
  • NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player (2003, 2004), All-Final Four (2003, 2004), NCAA Regional MOP (2001, 2003, 2004), four-time NCAA All-Regional (2001-04).
  • Big East Player of the Year (2003, 2004), All-Big East first team (2002, 2003, 2004), Big East All-Tournament Team (2001, 2002, 2003), first rookie to earn All-Big East Tournament MVP honors (2001).

Personal Notes:

  • Born on June 11, 1982, in Glendale, California, hails from Chino, California, and majored in sociology at UConn.
  • Daughter of Mario, who was born in Italy and raised in Argentina, and Liliana, a native Argentinian; has one sister, Jessika, who played basketball at UC Riverside.
  • Her father played professional soccer as a goalie in Argentina.
  • Her family moved to Southern California before Dee was born, and the family speaks Spanish at home.
  • Attended Don Lugo High School (Calif.), where she was named the 2000 Naismith and Parade Magazine National High School Player of the Year.
  • Makes some killer stuffed bell peppers and is a true jokester when she's not playing some serious basketball.
  • First overseas was in 1996 when the USA Junior World Championship Team went to Mar del Plata, Argentina.
USA Basketball Statistics
TEAM G/S FGM-FGA PCT 3PM-3PA PCT FTM-FTA PCT
REB/AVG
PTS/AVG
AST
BLK
STL
2012 OLY 8/8 30-66 .455 15-35 .429 24-25 .960
24/3.0
99/12.4
23
2
7
2012 OLYx 5/5 21-42 .500 9-19 .474 2-2 1.000
8/1.6
53/10.6
15
2
5
2010 WC
9/ 9
38- 76
.500
14- 28
.500
18- 20
.900
22/ 2.4
108/ 12.0
23
1
9
2010 WCx
4/ 2
12- 25
.480
3- 10
.300
4- 5
.800
4/ 1.0
31/ 7.8
9
0
1
2010 WNT
1/ 1
4- 7
.571
1- 4
.250
0- 0
.---
1/ 1.0
9/ 9.0
0
1
1
2008 OLY
8/ 8
30- 61
.492
12- 28
.429
15- 15
1.000
31/ 3.9
87/ 10.9
19
2
7
2008 OLYX
3/ 3
14- 26
.538
3- 9
.333
3- 3
1.000
9/ 3.0
34/ 11.3
5
0
4
2007 COLL
8/ 8
40- 84
.476
23- 52
.442
15- 18
.833
50/ 6.3
118/ 14.8
34
6
12
2007 FWLT
5/ 5
25- 74
.338
11- 33
.333
12- 15
.800
23/ 4.6
73/ 14.6
10
1
8
2007 TOA
5/ 5
19- 36
.528
9- 19
.474
8- 9
.889
28/ 5.6
55/ 11.0
17
4
5
2006 WC
9/ 9
48- 96
.500
25- 50
.500
8- 15
.533
28/ 3.1
129/ 14.3
20
3
4
2006 WCX
1/ 1
4- 8
.500
2- 3
.667
0- 0
.---
1/ 1.0
10/ 10.0
2
1
0
2006 WNT
3/ 2
8- 24
.333
4- 15
.267
0- 0
.---
5/ 1.7
20/ 6.7
10
1
2
2004 OLY
8/ 0
26- 69
.377
11- 33
.333
5- 7
.714
24/ 3.0
68/ 8.5
8
3
7
2004 WNT
6/ 0
17- 38
.447
6- 19
.316
0- 3
.000
14/ 2.3
40/ 6.7
15
2
4
2001 JWC
7/ 7
47-100
.470
22- 51
.431
19- 24
.792
31/ 4.4
135/ 19.3
19
4
7
2001 JWCX
4/ 4
21- 41
.512
8- 18
.444
5- 9
.556
13/ 3.3
55/ 13.8
16
2
11
2000 JWCQ
5/ 5
21- 40
.525
11- 26
.423
10- 13
.769
21/ 4.2
63/ 12.6
23
2
13
Totals
99/82
425-913
.465
189-452
.418
148-183
.809
336/ 3.4
1187/ 12.0
268
37
107

WNBA Statistics
YEAR G/S FGM-FGA PCT 3PM-3PA PCT FTM-FTA PCT
REB/AVG
PTS/AVG
AST
BLK
STL
2013
32/ 32
200- 439
.456
69- 199
.347
182- 213
.854
134/ 4.2
651/ 20.3
197
15
22
2012
8/8
34- 78
.436
17- 43
.395
27- 30
.900
13/ 1.6
112/14.0
18
4
4
2011
32/32
208-463
.449
81-205
.395
195-216
.903
101/ 3.2
692/ 21.6
114
20
24
2010
31/ 31
212- 497
.427
80- 214
.374
198- 217
.912
132/ 4.3
702/ 22.6
146
19
38
2009
31/ 31
200- 434
.461
79- 194
.407
152- 170
.894
178/ 5.7
631/ 20.4
109
43
36
2008
34/ 34
258- 579
.446
89- 247
.360
215- 247
.870
172/ 5.1
820/ 24.1
121
46
46
2007
32/ 32
206- 468
.440
95- 259
.367
106- 127
.835
135/ 4.2
613/ 19.2
137
34
45
2006
34/ 34
298- 660
.452
121- 305
.397
143- 183
.781
122/ 3.6
860/ 25.3
139
27
42
2005
33/ 33
175- 427
.410
56- 179
.313
121- 151
.801
138/ 4.2
527/ 16.0
150
28
38
2004
34/ 34
209- 503
.416
62- 188
.330
98- 129
.760
149/ 4.4
578/ 17.0
132
25
43
Totals
301/301
2000-4548
.440
749-2033
.368
1437-1683
.854
1274/ 4.2
6186/ 20.6
1263
261
338
 
College Statistics
YEAR G/S FGM-FGA PCT 3PM-3PA PCT FTM-FTA PCT
REB/AVG
PTS/AVG
AST
BLK
STL
2004
35/ 35
197- 432
.456
85- 218
.390
89- 112
.795
139/ 4.0
568/ 16.2
170
27
53
2003
37/ 37
237- 498
.476
70- 200
.350
119- 146
.815
225/ 6.1
663/ 17.9
161
45
32
2002
39/ 38
200- 405
.494
92- 209
.440
72- 87
.828
158/ 4.1
564/ 14.5
208
46
50
2001
33/ 14
127- 286
.444
71- 184
.386
36- 41
.878
106/ 3.2
361/ 10.9
109
29
39
Totals
144/124
761-1621
.469
318- 811
.392
316- 386
.819
628/ 4.4
2156/ 15.0
648
147
174