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Saturday, July 16, 2011

Taurasi hits milestone

Former UConn star Diana Taurasi became the fifth player in WNBA history to score 5,000 points in Friday's win over Washington.

Taurasi came into the game needing 12 points to join Tina Thompson, Lisa Leslie, Katie Smith and Lauren Jackson in the elite club of 5,000-point scorers. She finished with 13 in the game. Taurasi reached the magical mark with 3:45 left in the third quarter and needed just 243 games to accomplish the feat to break Jackson's mark for quickest player to 5000 points by 16 games. The next milestone for Taurasi to reach is the 1,000-assist mark. She currently is 12 away and will become the 12th player to hit the four digit plateau in assists and would join Smith as the only players with 5,000 points and 1,000 assists in WNBA history.

There were a couple of statistical landmarks for former Huskies Sue Bird and Asjha Jones to mention.

On Thursday, Bird became the sixth player in league history to make 500 career 3-pointers in a loss to San Antonio while Jones dished out her 500th career assist in Wednesday's loss to Indiana.

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