Taylor, Mercury silence Storm

Penny Taylor led a balanced offensive effort with 14 points as the Phoenix Mercury defeated the Seattle Storm, 78-58, on Wednesday.

Baylor's Griner wins 2nd Naismith Award

NEW ORLEANS, April 8 (UPI) -- Baylor University senior Brittney Griner has won her second straight Naismith Award as women's college basketball Player of the Year, organizers said Monday.
London, Phelps, Bolt star at Olympics

London, Phelps, Bolt star at Olympics

London and the home-standing British athletes stood out at the 2012 Olympics but the spotlight was grabbed by Michael Phelps and Usain Bolt.
JOHN HENDEL, United Press International

Thursday's Olympic Highlights

LONDON, Aug. 9 (UPI) -- Thursday's highlights from the London Olympics:
U.S. women escape to reach gold medal game

U.S. women escape to reach gold medal game

LONDON, Aug. 9 (UPI) -- Diana Taurasi brought Team USA to life early in the second half Thursday and the Americans rallied past Australia 86-73 in the Olympic basketball semifinals.
U.S. women roll into basketball semis

U.S. women roll into basketball semis

LONDON, Aug. 7 (UPI) -- Maya Moore had four of the United States' 15 steals Tuesday in a defensive show that put the Americans in the Olympic semifinals with a 91-48 win over Canada.

U.S.-Canada match-up set for quarterfinals

LONDON, Aug. 5 (UPI) -- Diana Taurasi's 22 points led a record-equaling effort Sunday and the United States completed Olympic group basketball play with a 114-66 battering of China.

Women's basketball streak reaches 37

LONDON, Aug. 3 (UPI) -- Diana Taurasi helped the U.S. basketball team blow the game open in the third period Friday on its way to an 88-61 Olympic victory over the Czech Republic.

USA women extend Olympic hoop streak

LONDON, July 28 (UPI) -- Tina Charles led a fourth-quarter surge Saturday that sent the United States to an 81-56 win over Croatia to open the Olympic women's basketball tournament.

U.S. team named for Olympic women's hoops

COLORADO SPRINGS, March 30 (UPI) -- Sue Bird, Tamika Catchings and Diana Taurasi were named to their third U.S. Olympic women's basketball team Friday.
Turks suspend Taurasi after drug test

Turks suspend Taurasi after drug test

ISTANBUL, Turkey, Dec. 24 (UPI) -- WNBA star Diana Taurasi was suspended in Turkey after testing positive for a banned substance, the Turkish Basketball Federation announced Friday.
U.S. announces women's basketball roster

U.S. announces women's basketball roster

OSTRAVA, Czech Republic, Sept. 22 (UPI) -- University of Connecticut star Maya Moore was the only non-WNBA player selected for the U.S. women's team for the 2010 FIBA World Championships.

WNBA: Phoenix 120, Indiana 116 (OT)

PHOENIX, Sept. 30 (UPI) -- Cappie Pondexter scored 23 points, including seven in overtime, to lead Phoenix to a 120-116 win over Indiana in Tuesday's opener of the WNBA finals.

WNBA suspends Diana Taurasi after DUI

PHOENIX, July 16 (UPI) -- WNBA star Diana Taurasi of the Phoenix Mercury, cited for driving under the influence, has been suspended two games for conduct detrimental to the team.

U.S. fights off Russia in basketball

BEIJING, Aug. 21 (UPI) -- Diana Taurasi scored 21 points Thursday and the United States pulled away in the second half of the Olympic semifinals and downed Russia 67-52.
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Diana Taurasi
USA's Diana Taurasi (R) tries to put up a shot around Chen Nan of China at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing on August 11, 2008. The USA women defeated China 108-63. (UPI Photo/Terry Schmitt)

Diana Lurena Taurasi (born June 11, 1982 in Chino, California) is a professional basketball player who plays for the Phoenix Mercury in the WNBA and Fenerbahçe Istanbul in FIBA’s EuroLeague Women.

Taurasi grew up in Chino, California and attended Don Antonio Lugo High School where she was the recipient of the 2000 Cheryl Miller Award, presented by the Los Angeles Times to the best player in Southern California. She was also named the 2000 Naismith and Parade Magazine National High School Player of the Year. Taurasi finished her prep career ranked third (behind Giuliana Mendiola's 3,069 and Cheryl Miller's 3,446) in state history with 3,047 points. Taurasi was named a WBCA All-American. She participated in the 2000 WBCA High School All-America Game, where she scored twelve points, and earned MVP honors.

Taurasi was born to her parents Mario and Liliana. Taurasi has an older sister, Jessika. Her father was born in Italy and raised in Argentina, which is also the native land of her mother Liliana. Her parents moved to the U.S. before she was born. Diana's father was a professional soccer player in Italy. He had logged several years as a goalie.

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