PHOENIX (AP) — Diana Taurasi scored 25 factors and have become the primary participant in WNBA historical past to attain 9,000 profession factors in her return from a five-week absence because the Phoenix Mercury beat the Los Angeles Sparks 88-79 on Sunday.
Taurasi, the league’s all-time main scorer, had been out with a fractured sternum. The 39-year outdated guard was fouled as she made a driving layup and transformed the three-point play to achieve the 9,000-point plateau. No different participant in WNBA historical past has scored as many as 7,500 factors and solely Tina Thompson (7,488) and Tamika Catchings (7,380) have reached the 7,000-point mark.
Erica Wheeler made back-to-back baskets to cap a 7-0 run by the Sparks and tie it at 47-all early within the third quarter however Phoenix (7-7) scored 13 of the subsequent 15 factors to take the lead for good. Taurasi made two 3-pointers within the last minute of the interval to push the Mercury’s result in 14 factors going into the fourth.
Wheeler led the Sparks (6-8) with 21 factors and Te’a Cooper added 20. Cooper, who scored a career-high 26 factors in Thursday’s win over the Washington Mystics, has back-to-back video games of not less than 20 factors for the primary time in her profession. The guard, who performed at Tennessee and South Carolina earlier than ending her school profession at Baylor, was a second-round choose by Phoenix within the 2020 WNBA draft however was lower by the Mercury earlier than signing with the Sparks previous to the start of the season.
It was the third consecutive recreation between the groups and their last common matchup of the season
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