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Diana Taurasi’s Decision to Sit Out Poses Major Threat to WNBA’s Future

Welp, it seems the WNBA finally learned how to steal headlines away from other major pro leagues.  All it took was one of its superstar players announcing her plans to sit out the entire 2015 season.  I doubt it’s the preferred strategy for the all women’s professional basketball league, but it’s a move that certainly got people’s attention Tuesday afternoon. Phoenix Mercury...
Via All Sports Everything
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Taurasi to skip WNBA season; Russian team offers $ to rest

Diana Taurasi is getting paid not to play. The Phoenix Mercury star announced Tuesday that she will skip the 2015 WNBA season this summer after accepting an offer from her Russian club to rest. Taurasi was slated to make just more than $108,000 this year playing for the Mercury - the third-highest amount on the team. She makes roughly $1.5 million playing in Russia. ''The year-round...
Via AP on Fox
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Diana Taurasi will skip WNBA season to rest at request of Russian club

Last season, Diana Taurasi averaged averaged 16.2 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 5.6 assists for the Phoenix Mercury and helped them to the WNBA title. If the team is going to repeat this season, they will have to do so without the services of the seven-time All-Star. At the request of UMMC Ekaterinburg, the team she...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Diana Taurasi Sitting Out ’15 WNBA Season As Russian Team Pays Her To Rest

After helping to lead the Phoenix Mercury to a WNBA title in 2014, superstar guard Diana Taurasi has decided to take the 2015 season off in a shocking turn of events. According to a press release issued by the Mercury, via WNBA.com, Taurasi chose not to play in 2015 after the Russian team she plays for during the WNBA offseason offered to pay her to sit out this season.  Add in...
Via Thacover2
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Diana Taurasi to skip 2015 WNBA season

PHOENIX (AP) Phoenix Mercury guard Diana Taurasi will sit out the 2015 WNBA season after receiving a lucrative offer from her Russian club team to rest this summer. Taurasi led the Mercury to their third WNBA title in 2014, earning finals MVP honors before returning to Russia, where she's played the past several offseasons. Taurasi sent a letter to Mercury fans saying it was a tough...
Via AP on Fox
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Mercury's Diana Taurasi to sit out 2015 WNBA season

PHOENIX -- Diana Taurasi, who earned Most Valuable Player in the 2014 WNBA Finals while leading the Phoenix Mercury to a third WNBA championship, will sit out the 2015 WNBA season, the team announced Tuesday. The Mercury released a statement saying that Taurasi's contract with the Russian team for whom she plays during the WNBA off-season includes an offer to pay her to rest this...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Jefferson leads UConn women in 98-60 rout of Tulsa

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Moriah Jefferson scored 22 points and Morgan Tuck added 21 points and No. 2 UConn routed Tulsa 98-60 on Wednesday in the first meeting between the programs. Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis made three 3-point shots to tie Diana Taurasi for the most in UConn history with 318. She finished with 11 points. Freshmen Kia Nurse and Gabby Williams each added 15 points. Jordyn...
Via AP on Fox
January 07, 2015  |  Discuss

WNBA season to start June 5 with 10 teams playing

NEW YORK (AP) Diana Taurasi, Brittney Griner and the rest of the champion Phoenix Mercury highlight the opening night of the WNBA on June 5 when the league's 19th season tips off. The Mercury will face the San Antonio Stars and receive their 2014 championship rings before the game. Defending Eastern Conference champion Chicago will host Indiana, marking the debut of new coach Stephanie...
Via AP on Fox
December 11, 2014  |  Discuss

U.S. women beat Serbia to clinch Group D at World Championships

  With Serbia hanging around midway through the fourth quarter, Diana Taurasi and the U.S. women's basketball team stepped up their play to finally pull away. Taurasi scored 13 of her 20 points in the final period and the Americans beat Serbia 94-74 on Sunday in the world championship to clinch the top seed in Group D. ''It was a tough game,'' Taurasi said. ''Every possession was...
Via AP on Fox
September 29, 2014  |  Discuss

US women hold off Serbia 94-74

ISTANBUL (AP) Diana Taurasi scored 13 of her 20 points in the fourth quarter and the U.S. women's team beat pesky Serbia 94-74 on Sunday in the world championship to clinch the top seed in Group D. The U.S. (2-0) trailed by four points after the first quarter and was up 49-42 at the half. Serbia only trailed 77-70 with 6 minutes left before the Americans scored 15 of the next 19...
Via AP on Fox
September 28, 2014  |  Discuss

US women cruise past China 99-75 in exhibition game

  Nneka Ogwumike scored 16 points and Jantel Lavender added 14 to help the U.S. women's national team beat China 99-75 on Saturday in an exhibition game. The U.S. scored nine of the first 11 points and led 27-10 after the first quarter thanks to Tina Charles and Diana Taurasi, who combined for 19 points in the period. The Americans, who will play France on Sunday, extended the advantage...
Via AP on Fox
September 20, 2014  |  Discuss

US women's hoops cruises past China 99-75

PARIS (AP) Nneka Ogwumike scored 16 points and Jantel Lavender added 14 to help the U.S. women's national team beat China 99-75 on Saturday in an exhibition game. The U.S. scored nine of the first 11 points and led 27-10 after the first quarter thanks to Tina Charles and Diana Taurasi, who combined for 19 points in the period. The Americans, who will play France on Sunday, extended...
Via AP on Fox
September 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Chemistry, star power could keep Mercury on glory road

And now they'll scatter to the four winds. Some will take their considerable talents to Russia. The most visible will join Team USA for the Women's World Cup before hustling off to another league in another part of the planet. In this adaptation of a basketball profession, there really is no offseason. There is little time for mental rejuvenation, for upgrades or additions in physical...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
September 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Mercury sweep Sky to win WNBA title

credit: WNBA.com The Phoenix Mercury completed their three game sweep of the Chicago Sky on Friday night to win the 2014 WNBA championship, defeating them 87-82. WNBA Finals MVP Diana Taurasi put in 24 points as did her teammate Candice Dupree. What made their efforts especially huge was that Brittney Griner was unable to play due to an eye injury. The Mercury knew that they needed...
Via Pass The Pill
September 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Phoenix Mercury win WNBA title

While you were focused on the FIBA World Cup (right?!), the WNBA wrapped up its season with a matchup of two of the great young stars in the league. Unfortunately, Chicago’s Elena Delle Donne was dealing with a back injury and was getting back into shape. And then in Game Two of the series, Brittney Griner got hit in the eye and needed outpatient surgery to fix the problem. She...
Via Crossover Chronicles
September 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Phoenix Mercury win WNBA title

While you were focused on the FIBA World Cup (right?!), the WNBA wrapped up its season with a matchup of two of the great young stars in the league. Unfortunately, Chicago’s Elena Delle Donne was dealing with a back injury and was getting back into shape. And then in Game Two of the series, Brittney Griner got hit in the eye and needed outpatient surgery to fix the problem. She...
Via Bloguin Best
September 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Phoenix Mercury Finish Sweep Of Chicago Sky For Third WNBA Title

CHICAGO — Diana Taurasi and Candice Dupree scored 24 points each, and the Phoenix Mercury, playing without star center Brittney Griner, beat the Chicago Sky 87-82 Friday night to complete a three-game sweep of the WNBA Finals for their third championship. DeWanna Bonner added 12 points for the Mercury, who also won titles in 2007 and 2009. Griner sat out following surgery to correct...
Via NESN.com
September 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Mercury win third WNBA title with sweep of Sky

  Diana Taurasi and Candice Dupree scored 24 points each and the Phoenix Mercury, playing without star center Brittney Griner, beat the Chicago Sky 87-82 Friday night to complete a three-game sweep of the WNBA Finals for their third championship. DeWanna Bonner added 12 points for the Mercury, who also won titles in 2007 and 2009. Griner sat out following surgery to correct a retinal...
Via AP on Fox
September 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Mercury win third WNBA title

CHICAGO -- Diana Taurasi and Candice Dupree scored 24 points each and the Phoenix Mercury, playing without star center Brittney Griner, beat the Chicago Sky 87-82 Friday night to complete a three-game sweep of the WNBA Finals for their third championship. DeWanna Bonner added 12 points for the Mercury, who also won titles in 2007 and 2009. Griner sat out following surgery to correct...
Via AP on Fox
September 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Mercury finish sweep of Sky for third WNBA title

CHICAGO (AP) Diana Taurasi and Candice Dupree scored 24 points each and the Phoenix Mercury, playing without star center Brittney Griner, beat the Chicago Sky 87-82 Friday night to complete a three-game sweep of the WNBA Finals for their third championship. DeWanna Bonner added 12 points for the Mercury, who also won titles in 2007 and 2009. Griner sat out following surgery to correct...
Via AP on Fox
September 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Mercury win third WNBA title

CHICAGO -- Diana Taurasi and Candice Dupree scored 24 points each and the Phoenix Mercury, playing without star center Brittney Griner, beat the Chicago Sky 87-82 Friday night to complete a three-game sweep of the WNBA Finals for their third championship. DeWanna Bonner added 12 points for the Mercury, who also won titles in 2007 and 2009. Griner sat out following surgery to correct...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
September 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Mercury crush Sky 97-68 in Game 2 of WNBA Finals

PHOENIX (AP) Brittney Griner shook off two blows to the face to finish with 19 points, Diana Taurasi added 18 and the Phoenix Mercury made it two straight routs in the WNBA Finals with a 97-68 win over the Chicago Sky on Tuesday night. The underdog Sky were far more aggressive after being blown out in Game 1, fighting Phoenix for every inch early on while leaving Griner with a scratch...
Via AP on Fox
September 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Phoenix dominates WNBA Finals opener

PHOENIX (AP) Brittney Griner swatted her way into the record books, Candice Dupree could not seem to miss and Diana Taurasi dominated in all aspects. Utilizing all of their star power, the Phoenix Mercury turned the opening game of the WNBA Finals into a washout. If the Chicago Sky can't find a way to play better or get Elena Delle Donna healthy, it could be a real quick series...
Via AP on Fox
September 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Sky can't touch Mercury in Finals opener

PHOENIX -- A basketball clinic is scheduled for Monday at US Airways Center, but the Mercury rolled out a detailed-oriented dress rehearsal one day early. And instead of giving demonstrations for 75 wide-eyed kids, the home team provided some lessons-grade teaching for the Chicago Sky. It was a WNBA Finals Game 1 performance in which the Mercury shot 58.5 percent from the floor ...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
September 07, 2014  |  Discuss

DuPree, Griner, Taurasi lead Mercury rout of Sky

PHOENIX (AP) Brittney Griner set the tone for a dominating Phoenix performance with a playoff record eight blocked shots, five in the first quarter, and the Mercury routed the Chicago Sky 83-62 on Sunday in Game 1 of the WNBA Finals. Griner also had 12 points and seven rebounds. Candice Dupree made her first 10 shots and scored 26 for the Mercury in their 19th consecutive home victory...
Via AP on Fox
September 07, 2014  |  Discuss
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