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Hoops Happening: Today in women’s basketball — Saturday May 19

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Diana Taurasi kicks off the 2018 WNBA season with historic performance. Her Phoenix Mercury get the 78-86 win over the Dallas Wings.

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Diana Taurasi proudly wears number 3.
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Legend. Greatest of all time. GOAT. Best to ever play the game.

Mere words that barely scratch the surface of the basketball excellence fans should feel honored to have witnessed last night when Diana Taurasi drained a three-pointer that put her in the elite company of the fastest WNBA and NBA players to score 1,000 threes.

All players did it in under 400 games and only three human beings on the planet did it faster: Damian Lillard, Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry.

For those in the back: Taurasi being the fourth fastest player to 1,000 points is a basketball feat — not a “women’s basketball” accomplishment. Adding in that just 13 months ago she claimed the WNBA’s all-time leading scorer title, Diana Taurasi is one of the best to ever play the game (man or woman) and, hands down, the best woman to ever play.

Game recap

Phoenix Mercury (86) vs. Dallas Wings (78)

Any concerns about the Mercury’s championship hopes after two preseason losses to the Seattle Storm can be put to rest. Taurasi scored 26 of Phoenix’s 86 points in the win over Dallas. But DeWanna Bonner, in her first game since sitting out the 2017 season for maternity leave, made a dominant statement with a double-double performance. She finished with an impressive 17 points, 12 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals. Brittney Griner, Leilani Mitchell and Briann January also had outstanding performances for the Mercury.

The Dallas Wings may have come up short in the wins-losses columns, but they clearly came to work, as Skylar Diggins-Smith professes in her Watch Me Work spot. As expected, Aussie Liz Cambage had a major impact on the game with 18 points and 9 rebounds. Diggins-Smith equaled Cambage’s scoring but also dished 9 assists and grabbed 6 rebounds. Glory Johnson and Kaela Davis also had strong performances for Dallas.

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