Diana Taurasi appropriately becomes WNBA’s No. 1 scorer in L.A. – Orange County Register

LOS ANGELES — After becoming the WNBA’s career scoring leader Sunday afternoon, Diana Taurasi was reminded that it could have come even sooner.

“Somebody told me that the other day: ‘You’re a year behind, actually,’ ” she said.

The pride of Chino’s Don Lugo High, the University of Connecticut and the Phoenix Mercury knocked Tina Thompson off the No. 1 spot with a simple layup, with less than a minute to go in the first half of the Mercury’s 90-59 loss to the Sparks. She finished with 19 points for the day and 7,494 for her career, as well as possibly tying the world record for hugs from Los Angeles players as well as her Phoenix teammates.

That it came a year late speaks to the women’s game’s status — essentially, disrespect — in this country’s professional sports pecking order.

Taurasi, like so many of the WNBA’s best players over the years, has had to…

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