Diana Taurasi moved into the top 10 all time in WNBA games played in the Mercury’s 2021 season opener Friday night.
And once again, the 17-year veteran played hero for her longtime team.
With time winding down in the fourth quarter and Taurasi’s Mercury trailing by one against the Lynx, Phoenix came up with a critical steal. Taurasi caught a pass in the frontcourt and drained a go-ahead 3-pointer with time frozen on the clock.
DT’s clutch triple proves to be enough to seal the game! 🙌 @DianaTaurasi #CountIt pic.twitter.com/cuok16MAYk
— WNBA (@WNBA) May 15, 2021
Ultimately, the officials determined that 1.1 seconds remained after Taurasi’s shot fell. The Mercury held on as that last second bled off the clock to earn a 77-75 victory.
Taurasi finished the game with 14 points, eight rebounds and five assists.
Her game-winning 3 wasn’t the only one to fall on the first night of the season. Fellow past No. 1 pick Sabrina Ionescu hit with 0.4 seconds left to give the Liberty a win over the Fever in the league’s season opener.