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Diana Taurasi voted by fans as WNBA's greatest player of all-time

Sporting News AU 13 October, 2021 - 09:16am

Three-time WNBA champion Diana Taurasi has been voted by fans as the league’s greatest player of all time.

The WNBA announced Sunday that Phoenix Mercury guard Diana Taurasi has been voted by fans as the league’s greatest of all time (GOAT).  The “Vote for the GOAT” platform was part of the WNBA’s celebration of its landmark 25th season.

Taurasi was announced as the greatest player in WNBA history today prior to Game 1 of the WNBA Finals 2021 presented by YouTube TV at Footprint Center in Phoenix.

The votes are in! @DianaTaurasi is your #WNBA GOAT 🔥 pic.twitter.com/BgJNoJtcro

— WNBA (@WNBA) October 10, 2021

“Congratulations to Diana Taurasi on being voted as the Greatest WNBA player of all time by the fans who have followed her illustrious career and saw her rise above the rest,” said WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert.  “This well-deserved recognition reflects her sustained excellence on the court and her leading role in advancing the WNBA and women’s basketball and being a role model for young athletes everywhere.  The opportunity to honor Dee is yet another special moment in celebration of our historic 25th season.”

Taurasi has etched her name across the WNBA’s record books. She is the league’s career leader in points, field goals made and three-point field goals made in both the regular season and the playoffs.  Her 14 All-WNBA Team selections are the most in league history, and her 10 WNBA All-Star selections are tied for second place.

Playing her entire 17-year WNBA career with Phoenix, Taurasi has won three WNBA championships and two WNBA Finals Most Valuable Player awards.  She has also earned one regular-season WNBA MVP award.

Taurasi was selected by the Mercury with the first overall pick in the 2004 WNBA Draft.  She has career averages of 19.4 points, 4.3 assists and 4.0 rebounds in 472 games.  Taurasi has led the WNBA in scoring five times and in assists once.

Fan voting to determine the GOAT was conducted on WNBA.com, the WNBA App and Twitter from Sept. 5-19.  Fans were able to vote for any member of “The W25,” the 25 greatest and most influential players in WNBA history, as selected by a panel of media members and women’s basketball pioneers.

“The W25,” which was unveiled on Sept. 5, includes 10 current players: Sue Bird, Tina Charles, Elena Delle Donne, Sylvia Fowles, Brittney Griner, Angel McCoughtry, Nneka Ogwumike, Candace Parker, Breanna Stewart and Diana Taurasi.  Fifteen retired players are also among the honorees: Seimone Augustus, Swin Cash, Tamika Catchings, Cynthia Cooper, Yolanda Griffith, Becky Hammon, Lauren Jackson, Lisa Leslie, Maya Moore, Ticha Penicheiro, Cappie Pondexter, Katie Smith, Sheryl Swoopes, Tina Thompson and Lindsay Whalen.  For more information about “The W25,” visit WNBA.com.

For being named the GOAT, Taurasi will receive a one-of-a-kind commemorative trophy, a basketball made of resin and marble, detailed with white mamba scales and inscriptions that recognize her accomplishments.

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The Daily Sweat: Sky looks to continue run in Game 2 of WNBA Finals vs. Mercury

Yahoo Sport Australia 13 October, 2021 - 07:40am

The Phoenix Suns made the NBA Finals and lost in six games. Then the Phoenix Mercury made the WNBA Finals, and promptly dropped Game 1. 

If the Mercury are going to make a series of it, that needs to start in Game 2 on Wednesday night. They are 4-point favorites at BetMGM over the Chicago Sky, which has made a fantastic run after a mediocre regular season and are two wins away from a championship. The series will shift to Chicago or Games 3 and 4. 

The Sky were 16-16 in the regular season but have sliced through the playoffs, including a semifinal upset of the top-seeded Connecticut Sun. The Sun were 26-6 during the regular season.  

Kahleah Copper has led the charge, taking her scoring from 14.4 points per game in the regular season to 18.6 points in the playoffs. Copper is shooting 53.3 percent from the field in the postseason. The Sky's biggest star is Candace Parker, who is averaging 13.7 points and 8.3 rebounds per game.

The Mercury are an unlikely Finals participant too. They had the league's fifth-best record at 19-13. They also have some of the most recognizable names in the sport: Diana Taurasi, Skylar Diggins-Smith and Brittney Griner. Those three have combined to average 54.8 points per game in the playoffs. Taurasi, likely the greatest player in WNBA history, saved some for the playoffs at age 39. She's averaging 19.3 points per game, up from 15.2 in the regular season. 

The WNBA caught a break, ratings wise. Wednesday night was supposed to be the conclusion of two AL wild-card series, including big markets Boston and Chicago. But both of those series ended in four games. There's no college football. The NBA regular season hasn't started. There are only a handful of NHL games. 

Game 2 between the Sky and Mercury can get everyone's full attention. 

Here's a first look at the sports betting slate for Wednesday: 

The NHL had two games Tuesday to start its season, and 10 more teams have their opener tonight including the Stanley Cup favorite Colorado Avalanche. Here are the games with the odds from BetMGM: 

For the best NHL betting preview you'll read, check out the team-by-team breakdown from Peter Truszkowski of Yahoo Sportsbook. 

The Atlanta Braves finished the NLDS in four games, beating the Milwaukee Brewers. The Braves were underdogs coming into the series, getting about +120 odds. The Los Angeles Dodgers forced a Game 5 with a win over the San Francisco Giants. Game 5 will be Thursday. The odds are -110 for both teams. 

In the AL, the Houston Astros finished off the Chicago White Sox in Game 4. The Astros are now the World Series favorite at BetMGM, with +200 odds. 

At this point, why bet against a hot streak? The Sky have been cruising, and we might as well grab them at +4 for Game 2. 

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Tuesday Takes: Is the GOAT debate good for the WNBA? What adjustments should Phoenix make in Game 2?

The Athletic 12 October, 2021 - 11:00am

Tuesday Takes: Is the GOAT debate good for the WNBA? What adjustments should Phoenix make in Game 2?

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