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Diana Taurasi becomes 1st player to score 8,000 points

Kareem Abdul Jabbar

Phoenix Mercury shooting guard Diana Taurasi put herself in her own stratosphere, becoming the first WNBA player to reach the 8,000-point milestone on Tuesday morning against the New York Liberty.

The UConn standout had a classic drive to the hoop and finished through contact, meriting the and-one play and then receiving an ovation from the road crowd in light of her historic achievement.

Much like LeBron James has throughout the past two seasons, Taurasi continues to smash through the record books, not only as the all-time league leading scorer, but reaching milestones no player had before.

Taurasi had broken the all-time WNBA scoring record nearly a year from today, doing so after scoring 19 points against the Los Angeles Sparks in Jun 18, 2017, reaching 7,494 points after the game.

Former teammate Cappie Pondexter is the next highest active player with 6,611 points.

Taurasi has put up an illustrious career in the WNBA over 13 seasons, starting her 14th this year after memorably taking off the entire 2015 season to give her body rest to play in Russia (for much higher compensation) during the offseason.

Even eight games deep into her 14th season, the perennial scorer has managed to be one of the most consistent staples of the game, playing 31 or more games in 12 of her prior 13 seasons, still averaging a hefty 18.6 points per game clip a dew days prior to her 36th birthday.

This milestone puts her out there as the mythical figure for the current generation of women’s basketball stars — the unreachable — much like Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s record of 38,387 points still holds strong to this very day in the NBA.