Diana Taurasi Biography
Birthdate: June 11, 1982
Birthplace: Chino, California
After a notable college career, Diana Taurasi is looking to be the next best thing in the WNBA. So far, she's on the right track!
Diana Taurasi - Growing Up
It's not hard to see where Diana's athleticism comes from - her father was a pro soccer player in Italy. Diana had always been tall and athletic growing up, so basketball was a natural fit. Diana scored over 50 points in two separate games as a freshman at Don Lugo High School in southern California. After being named an All American her senior year, Diana signed with powerhouse UCONN.
Diana Taurasi - UCONN
Diana Taurasi turned out to be one of the greatest women college basketball players of all time. She was the starting point guard on a team that won three straight national championships (2002-2004). Along with her team's accomplishments, Diana also received her fair share of personal accolades. Diana was named National Player of the Year in her final two seasons at UCONN. In four years with the Huskies, Diana averaged 15 points, 4.3 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game.
Diana Taurasi - WNBA
In 2004, the Phoenix Mercury selected Diana with the first overall pick in the WNBA Draft. It didn't take long for her to prove she belonged - in her first WNBA game she scored 26 points. For the season she averaged a very impressive 17 points, 4.4 rebounds and 3.9 assists en route to winning the Rookie of the Year Award. She has also been an All-Star for three straight years. 2006 was Diana's break-out year as she averaged a league-record 25.3 points, 4.1 assists and 3.6 rebounds per game. Although she has performed well, her team has missed the playoffs every year she has played for them.
Diana Taurasi - Did U Know?
- Diana Taurasi's mother is from Argentina and her father is from Italy.
- Diana Taurasi has played professionally in Russia for the past two off-seasons.
- Diana Taurasi helped the US National Women's basketball team to a gold medal in the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens.
- Diana Taurasi's childhood idol was Magic Johnson.
- Diana Taurasi is a big fan of the TV show The Simpsons.
- Diana Taurasi majored in Sociology at UCONN.
- Diana Taurasi's nickname is "Dee".
- Diana Taurasi is 6 feet tall and weighs 170 lbs.
Diana Taurasi Says...
"I'm not afraid of anyone. I'm not shy about anything. Not even my big nose."