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Olympic Women's Basketball USA vs. China in Beijing
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)
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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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