Diana Taurasi

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Herself on 2012 Summer Olympic Games


6/11/1982, Chino, California

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  • AT CONNECTICUT: Became UConn's fifth National Player of the Year in 2003... A two-time Kodak All-American... Ranks seventh all-time on UConn's scoring list with 1,583 career points... Currently tied at seventh for the highest career scoring average with a 14.6 points per game clip... Ranks second in career three-point field goals made (233), third in career free throw percentage (.828), sixth in career assists (478) and seventh in career blocks (120). 2002-03: 2003 Naismith National Player of the Year... 2003 NCAA Final Four and EAST Regional Most Oustanding Player by unanimous selection... 2003 BIG EAST Player of the Year... 2003 USBWA National Player of the Year... 2003 Honda Trophy Award winner for basketball... 2003 Wade Trophy recipient... 2002-03 All-BIG EAST First Team performer... 2003 BIG EAST All-Tournament team... A consensus Preseason All-American... Scored 663 total points on the season, the third most in a season at UConn... Scored 54 points in the Final Four, the fourth-highest two-game total in history and the most since 1997... Averaged 26.2 points per game in six tournament games... Notched a career-high 35 points in second round NCAA action versus TCU on 12-of-17 shooting from the field, including 5-of-8 three-pointers... Currently ranks seventh all-time on UConn's scoring list with 1,583 career points... Led the Huskies in scoring (17.9 ppg), rebounding (6.1 rpg), assists (4.4 apg), and blocks (1.2 bpg), free throw percentage (.815) and minutes per game (31.9)... Scored in double-figures in 34 contests and posted four double-doubles... A five-time 2002-03 BIG EAST Player of the Week award winner, the most of any player in the league... Dished a season high 10 assists versus Seton Hall (2/16/03) and had a career-high six blocks versus Southern California (12/7/02)... Also pulled down a career-high 14 rebounds versus Southern California... Finished 13 games scoring 20+ points... Hit a total of 17-straight free throws over a span of six games... Ranked in the top 10 in seven different BIG EAST stat categories. 2001-02: 2001 Kodak All-American and AP Second Team All-American... 2001-02 Naismith Player of the Year and Honda Award for Women's Basketball Finalist... 2002 NCAA Mideast Region All-Tournament Team selection...2002 All-BIG EAST First Team and 2002 BIG EAST All-Tournament Team selection... Preseason Women's Basketball News First Team All-American... 2001-02 Preseason All-BIG EAST Second Team... Second on the team in scoring, averaging 14.5 points per game, and assists (5.3 apg)... Led the BIG EAST for all games played in three-point field goal percentage (44.0%) and assist to turnover ratio (2.51)... Ranked in the top 10 in the league in three other categories including scoring (eighth), assists (sixth) and three-point field goals made (fifth-2.36 pg)... Ranked eighth nationally in three-point field goal percentage... Two-time BIG EAST Player of the Week (12/3, 1/7/02)... Scored a career-high 32 points versus Tennessee (1/5/02), dished a career-high 12 assists versus Ball State (11/30) and tied a career high with 10 rebounds versus Tennessee (3/29/02)... Led team in scoring nine times and reached double-figure scoring in 31 contests... Scored 20 or more points eight times... Led team in assists 17 times and blocks 12 times... Averaged 17.0 points through three BIG EAST Tournament games. 2000-01: Named Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA East Region... Named the 2001 BIG EAST Championship Most Outstanding Player and the first rookie to ever earn the honor... Selected to the BIG EAST All-Rookie Team... Appeared in 33 games, getting the starting nod in 14... Averaged 24.0 minutes and 10.9 points per game… Led team in free throw percentage (.878), shooting 36-for-41 from the line…Tied for fourth on the UConn all-time freshmen assists list with 109 on the season, placed fifth in all-time freshmen blocks (29) and was No. 6 in points for a freshman with 361… Snagged 39 steals and 106 rebounds... Had a team-high 24 points vs. La. Tech (March 26) and Tennessee (Feb. 1)… Scored in double figures on 16 occasions... Named Big East Preseason Rookie of the Year. HIGH SCHOOL: 2000 Naismith Female Prep National Player of the Year from Don Lugo High School... Two-time Parade Magazine All-American...Slam Magazine First Team All-American... Gatorade's California Player of the Year for two consecutive seasons... Cal-Hi Magazine Player of the Year for two consecutive seasons.... Full Court Press First Team All-American.... Rivals.com Female Athlete of the Year... ESPN's Scholastic Sports America Player of the Year... L.A. Times "Our Times" Player of the Year... Daily Bulletin Inland Player of the Year during every season on the high school level... Led all players in the WBCA High School All-America game with seven assists on her way to being named White team MVP... One of five players to have scored more than 3,000 points during her prep career... Scored 50 or more points on four occasions.moreless

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    Chino, California

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  • Quotes (9)

    • Diana: That was a back to back right.. back to back.. I was just makin' sure..okay alright I'm good.. I'm happy." - (After UConn wins '03 Championship}

    • Diana: Playing with guys is funner.

    • Diana: If there ain't basketball in heaven, then I ain't going.

    • Diana: A nap, a beer.. I don't know what I need.

    • Diana: Don't mistake activity for achievement.

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    • Diana won the WNBA championship with the Phoenix Mercury, in 2007.

    • Diana is currently dating local television star Ari Louis.

    • Diana has a shoe named after her, the Nike Shox DT.

    • Diana's mother is from Argentina.

    • Diana's father is a former professional football (soccer) goalkeeper.

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