Diana Taurasi described herself as ‘old as dirt’ upon becoming the first WNBA player to score 9,000 points

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Diana Taurasi. AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack
  • Diana Taurasi scored her 9,000th career WNBA point Sunday night.
  • The 39-year-old superstar is the first player in league history to hit the mark.
  • After the game, Taurasi reflected on the feat by telling the crowd she’s “old as dirt.”
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The WNBA’s greatest of all time has once again made history.

Diana Taurasi – the 39-year-old Phoenix Mercury legend – scored her 9,000th career point Sunday night, becoming the first player in WNBA history to reach the impressive tally.

The benchmark came during her highly-anticipated return to WNBA play after sitting on the sidelines for five weeks with a sternum fracture. In the first half of her Mercury’s matchup against the Los Angeles Sparks, the GOAT drew a foul as she charged through the paint and still managed to hit the layup to push her past the 9,000 mark.

-Phoenix Mercury (@PhoenixMercury) June 27, 2021

Taurasi scored a game-high 25 points and added four rebounds and three assists en route to the nine-point victory. And after all was said and done, she explained what the milestone meant to her.

“It means you’re old as dirt like some of you guys out here,” Taurasi said, pointing to a crowd that included 36-year-old Suns point guard Chris Paul. “We can dream too, old people!”

-Diana Taurasi’s Bun (@DT3sBun) June 28, 2021

She’ll keep dreaming throughout the summer. The 10-time All-Star and five-time scoring champion is heading to her fifth Olympic games, where she’ll look to help Team USA to its seventh consecutive gold medal.

And if luck is on her side, she’ll find a way to break through in the WNBA playoffs shortly after returning from Tokyo. With a “Big Four” featuring Skylar Diggins-Smith, Brittney Griner, and Brianna Turner on her side, Taurasi is seeking her fourth career WNBA title.