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Taurasi Plans To Stay Forever Young, Says UConn Fans Need Not Worry

by Categorized: Breanna Stewart, Bria Hartley, Diana Taurasi, UConn women's basketball, USA Basketball Date:

Here’s some very good news about Diana Taurasi. She’s has no plans to shake off the youthful vigor she has for life.
“I don’t think growing up is in the plans for me,” she said Thursday at the Mohegan Sun Arena. “It’s not on my bucket list. I feel somewhat older, but lucky to be 11 years into my career and be on such a great team [in Phoenix]. It’s taken a while for to get back to this point.
“I want to stay in the sport. I don’t know what I would do without basketball. I would have to be involved and I would love to coach. I’d be very open to it, if it was in the right spot. Who knows?
“I never think too far ahead. I try to stay happy in the moment. The key is being around people you like. It’s hard to go into the gym with people you don’t care for. We are a barbeque team. We’ve had more freaking barbeques this season.”

Taurasi, turned 32 Wednesday. She is averaging 18.0 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 5.6 assists and had 19 points and six assists in 34 minutes during Thursday’s loss to the Sun.

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Taurasi, McCoughtry Named WNBA Players of the Week

by Categorized: Angel McCoughtry, Diana Taurasi, WNBA Date:

Angel McCoughtry of the Atlanta Dream and Diana Taurasi of the Phoenix Mercury were named the WNBA’s Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week.

Taurasi’s 34 points in a 97-81 victory over Los Angeles on Friday marked her 35th career 30-point game; she also added seven assists and six rebounds.  In Sunday’s road win over Tulsa, Taurasi was one point shy of her sixth career back-to-back 30-point effort, scoring 29 in addition to grabbing nine rebounds and dishing out nine assists.  The Player of the Week honor is the 15th of Taurasi’s career.

 McCoughtry averaged 23 points, 7.5 rebounds, 4.5 assists, four steals and 2.5 blocks in the Dream’s two wins last week to earn her second Player of the Week honor of the season, and the ninth overall of her career. The Dream’s two victories, a 68-59 win over Seattle on Friday and an 88-74 triumph over Chicago on Sunday, improved Atlanta’s record to 6-1 overall and 4-0 at home.

 

 

 

 

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Phoenix Game Will Be In Connecticut Sun Ticket Plan

by Categorized: Brittney Griner, Connecticut Sun, Diana Taurasi, WNBA Date:

The Connecticut Sun’s Big Game Mini Plan ticket package, which went on sale on Wednesday at 10 a.m.,  includes the home opener against the New York Liberty on May 25th, the Washington Mystics on June 7th, the Seattle Storm on June 16th and the WNBA All Star Game on July 27th.

The other games in the plan June 29 against Phoenix, with Diana Taurasi and likely Brittney Griner, Candace Parker and the Los Angeles Sparks on August 6th, Lindsay Whalen, Maya Moore and the Minnesota Lynx on August 22nd and the defending WNBA champion Indiana Fever to close out the regular season on September 15th.

The Big Game Plan is priced at $208 and $248. Those who purchase Mini Plans will enjoy priority purchase for playoff tickets and a discount off the box office price. The Big Game Plan can be purchased by calling the Sun at 1.877.SUN.TIXX or visiting http://bit.ly/ZULZBF.

Taurasi Earns Another Honor

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Diana Taurasi has been chosen USA Basketball’s female athlete of the year. The former UConn All-America helped lead Geno Auriemma’s 2012 Olympic team to gold in London.

Taurasi averaged 12.4 points to lead the USA. She has won the award three times (2006 and 2010) matching Lisa Leslie. Only Teresa Edwards has won the award more times with four.

Taurasi shot 46 percent from the field and 96 percent from the free throw line.

Auriemma said in a statement Wednesday that Taurasi was “spectacular as a leader on and off the court. .. I am constantly amazed by her will to win, her drive and how much she makes everyone around her better.”

LeBron James was the USA Basketball male athlete of the year.

Taurasi Off To Quick Start In Russia

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Looks like Diana Taurasi is back to her old self after missing most of the WNBA season with her various injuries.

Here is the game report from the Euroleague’s website www.fibaeurope.com about her first game of the season, played on Hallowee night.

UMMC Ekaterinburg didn’t set the world on fire with their first performance of the 2012-13 EuroLeague Women campaign but held on to beat Novi Zagreb in Russia on Wednesday afternoon.

Newcomer Diana Taurasi, who helped fire UMMC’s rivals Sparta&K M. R. Vidnoje to European titles in 2007, ’08, ’09 and ’10 and spent the last two seasons playing in Turkey with Fenerbahce and then Galatasaray, had 25 points for Ekaterinburg as they beat Novi Zagreb, 83-77.

Sandra Mandir, just a couple of months removed from making her Olympic debut with Croatia, led a spirited Zagreb attack with 20 points but Olaf Lange’s squad prevailed in the Group C game.

UMMC went in front by 16 points in the first half but their opponents from Croatia fought back and twice pulled level early in the third quarter.

Courtney Vandersloot’s three-pointer knotted the game for the second time at 43-43.

Taurasi went to the other end and put the hosts back in front with a three-ball of her own.

She finished three of eight from behind the arc and seven of 13 overall from the field.

Playing just one day after the announcement that Ekaterinburg would serve as hosts for this season’s Final Eight, the Russians made hard work of it the rest of the way against Zagreb.

They only led 63-60 going into last frame following a jumper by Latoya Williams for Zagreb.

Sandrine Gruda caught a pass from Anna Petrakova and made a jumper to start the last period for UMMC.

Petrakova then fed Taurasi on a fast-break and the USA international nailed a jump shot.

Gruda capped the 6-0 run with another jumper, this time after a pass from Taurasi, as Ekaterinburg established control.

A three-point play by Mirna Mazic reduced the UMMC advantage to four points with less than two minutes to go but they got no closer.

Russia’s Olympic forward Petrakova was outstanding on her EuroLeague Women bow with UMMC, scoring 14 points and corralling 10 rebounds.

Silva Dominguez, a EuroLeague Women winner the past two seasons with Perfumerias Avenida and Ros Casares, played 25 minutes and had 12 points with three assists for UMMC.

Looking For Feedback: Sun Vs. UConn

by Categorized: Asjha Jones, Big East women's basketball, Charde Houston, Connecticut Sun, Diana Taurasi, Geno Auriemma, Jessica Moore, Kalana Greene, Ketia Swanier, Maya Moore, Renee Montgomery, Sue Bird, Svetlana Abrosimova, Swin Cash, tiffany hayes, Tina Charles, UConn women's basketball, WNBA Date:

I seek your opinions, your thoughts, your insights about something I have been wondering about since the day I began covering both the UConn women and the WNBA’s Connecticut Sun four years ago.

I certainly can feel the enthusiasm my constituency has for the Huskies. I read your mail, I hear your voices, I monitor the debates you have on the Boneyard.

What I want to know, what I need to know, is whether your affection and interest in the players transfers once they become professionals.

What I mean is, are you as interested in what Tina Charles, Renee Montgomery, Kalana Greene, Asjha Jones and Jess Moore are doing with the Sun as you were when they played for Geno?

Are you as tuned into Maya Moore, Diana Taurasi, Sue Bird, Swin Cash, Charde Houston, Ketia Swanier and Svetlana Abrosimova now as you were when they were at UConn?

I’d like to know. I think the Connecticut Sun would like to know. I am certain the WNBA wants to know. Maybe even UConn cares. That I don’t know.

Please let me hear you.

Taurasi Says The Plan Was To Rest After London

by Categorized: 2012 Summer Olympics, Diana Taurasi, Phoenix Mercury, USA Basketball, WNBA Date:

Diana Taurasi said Friday that it was always her intention to take time off from the WNBA, after the Olympics, and that the public outcry it caused didn’t change her mind.

“The plan worked out pretty much the way it was planned,” said Taurasi before Friday’s game between Connecticut and Phoenix at the Mohegan Sun Arena. “It was what I had planned to do with the organization.

“Hey, I could care less what people say [about the decision]. You should know that.”

After playing just two games in the first half of the season, Taurasi rested a hip flexor injury suffered this winter in Turkey until the start of Olympic camp in Washington on July 14. She was one of the best players on the USA’s gold medal team in London.

But when the WNBA season resumed, Taurasi sat out the first three games with various ailments, including wisdom teeth. And with Phoenix struggling to win, the decision to sit did not sit well with some pundits.

“It was a long three weeks [the Olympics],” said Taurasi. “Just look at what’s been going on with Asjha [Jones]. It’s grueling when you get older.”

Jones, the Connecticut Sun forward who also played for the USAm has not played for her team since the before the Olympic break.

Taurasi has played in four games since returning to the lineup last week.

 

Sun Moving Closer To Conference Title

by Categorized: Connecticut Sun, Diana Taurasi, Phoenix Mercury, Tina Charles, UConn women's basketball, Uncategorized, WNBA Date:

The Connecticut Sun are slowly inching towards the completion of their first goal, wrapping up the WNBA’s Eastern Conference regular-season championship and first seed in the playoffs.

The Sun (20-7) have only seven games remaining in the season, beginning with Friday’s only casino matchup with Diana Taurasi and the Phoenix Mercury.

Connecticut, 3-1 on its recently completed road trip, holds a 2-1/2 game lead over the Indiana Fever (17-9), which lost to Atlanta Wednesday night.

“If you’re focusing on keeping the top spot, that means you’re focusing on winning games and when you’re focusing on winning games, that means you’re preparing for the playoffs because you’re stringing together good possessions,” said Sun guard Kara Lawson.  We have a lot to improve on, so we’re going to take this month and try to do that.”

The Fever have played one less game than the Sun. They also trail Connecticut in two other important areas; the Sun’s 15-4 conference record is better than Indiana’s 14-6. And the Sun have won two of the first three games between the teams. Both are tiebreakers for the conference title.

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Taurasi Is Back To Business

by Categorized: Connecticut Sun, Diana Taurasi, Phoenix Mercury, WNBA Date:

When the Connecticut Sun complete tonight’s game in Washington, they will return home. And Friday night at the Mohegan Sun Arena, they will play the Phoenix Mercury – and Diana Taurasi

Diana returned to the Mercury lineup on July 26 after her prolonged WNBA absence and has played a lot – and well – in her first three games. In fact, she scored 25 points against San Antonio her last time out.

When Taurasi didn’t immediately return to the Mercury after the Olympics, there was some wondering why that was. She had  played so well for the USA in London, helping Geno Auriemma’s team win the gold medal. So her absence from the Phoenix lineup rubbed some people the wrong way, especially with the Mercury near the bottom of the West and struggling so mightily without her.

Taurasi hadn’t played a WNBA game since May 26 because of hip flexor trouble.

But she is back now and playing like you would expect her to play. And it will be nice to see her again Friday in Connecticut.

 

Why Is Diana Taurasi Not Playing In Phoenix?

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I will repeat it: Why is Diana Taurasi not playing in Phoenix?

On Sunday, the San Antonio Silver Stars demolished the Mercury, 89-47, extending their franchise-best winning streak to 11 games and handing the Mercury their worst loss ever.

That’s 42 points, by the way – Jen Rizzotti times two.

Just over a week ago, DT3 was standing on the gold medal platform with her USA teammates celebrating their London triumph under Geno Auriemma.

Diana looked tremendous in London, as energetic and involved as she always has been, worthy of the accolades that followed. She led the USA in scoring (12.4). She was great.

It was quite a performance considering she hadn’t played in 18 of the Mercury’s first 20 games this season because of a hip flexor injury. So after the Olympics, you figured she was prepared to step right back into the Phoenix lineup, especially since they are missing Penny Taylor, Charde Houston and Alexi Gray-Lawson, all out with injuries.

But Taurasi did not play in the first two WNBA after the break. The Mercury said she missed Sunday’s game because of a dental procedure.

Ok, but…

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