Diana Taurasi has won an impressive nine gold medals and two bronze medals in major international competitions since first suiting up for USA Basketball in 2000. She is 131-7 in USA Basketball games played.
As a member of the 2000 USA Junior World Championship Qualifying Team (U18) that won gold with a 5-0 record in Mar del Plata, Argentina, Diana Taurasi (front row, left) started in all five games and averaged a team second-best 12.6 points to go with 4.2 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game. In the USA Women’s U18 record book, she is tied for second in single-game points (26 versus Brazil on July 29, 2000).
As a member of the 2001 USA Junior World Championship Team (U19) that posted a 6-1 record and earned the bronze medal in Brno, Czech Republic, Diana Taurasi (front row, second from left) started in all seven games and averaged a team-high and tournament third-best 19.3 points to go with 4.4 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game, and she was named to the five-member 2001 All-FIBA Junior World Championship (U19) Team.
In the USA women’s U19 single-competition record book, Diana Taurasi is first for points averaged (19.3) and fourth for total points (135). In U.S. U19 single-game high, she is first for 3-point attempts (11 vs. Lithuania on July 14, 2001) and tied for seventh in points (25 vs. Czech Republic on July 21, 2001).
Diana Taurasi (left) joined the 2004 USA National Team less than 48 hours after winning her third NCAA title at the University of Connecticut. She averaged 9.0 points, 2.3 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game in the USA's three exhibition games prior to the Olympics. She is pictured here with Sue Bird, who graduated from UConn two years ahead of Taurasi.
At the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece, Diana Taurasi helped the USA to an 8-0 record and gold medal with 8.5 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.0 assists per game.
In helping the 2006 USA National Team to a 3-0 exhibition record, Diana Taurasi took part in the 2006 team’s first European Tour with wins against MKB Euroleasing in Sopron, Hungary, and two victories over Lotos Gdynia in Poland.
At the 2006 FIBA World Cup in Brazil, which saw the USA finish with an 8-1 record and the bronze medal, Diana Taurasi started in all nine games and averaged a team second-best 14.3 points along with 3.1 rebounds and 2.2. assists per game.
Diana Taurasi’s 6-of-7 shooting from 3-point in the bronze medal game at the 2006 FIBA World Cup in Brazil set the USA women’s World Cup single-game record for made 3-pointers and tied the record for attempts.
Diana Taurasi earned the 2006 FIBA World Cup’s 3-point trophy after nailing 50.0 percent of her attempts from behind the arc (25-50 3pt FGs).
Diana Taurasi (right) played in eight U.S. wins during the USA’s 2007 College Tour that saw it defeat the University of Maryland, the University of Connecticut, the University of Tennessee, Baylor University, Arizona State University, Texas A&M University, the University of Southern California and Stanford University between Oct. 31-Nov. 15, 2007. She is pictured here at UConn with former Huskies Sue Bird (left) and Swin Cash.
At the 2007 FIBA Americas Championship, Diana Taurasi averaged 11.0 points, 5.6 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game to help the USA to a 5-0 record, the gold medal and a qualifying berth into the 2008 Olympic Games.
Prior to the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, Diana Taurasi helped the USA to a 3-0 record and FIBA Diamond Ball tournament title in Haining, China, and she was named to the event's all-tournament team.
Starting in all eight U.S. wins at the 2008 Olympic games, Diana Taurasi averaged 10.9 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game to help the USA to a gold medal.
Diana Taurasi was a perfect 15-of-15 from the line during the 2008 Olympics, which trails just Juliene Simpson’s 16-of-16 in 1976 in the U.S. women’s Olympic record book.
Diana Taurasi played with the USA National Team in the 2010 USA Basketball WNBA Stars at the Sun game and went 4-of-7 from the field to finish with nine points on July 10 at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut.
While helping the USA to a 9-0 record and gold medal at the 2010 FIBA World Cup in Czech Republic, Diana Taurasi started in all nine games and averaged a team-high 12.0 points to go with 2.4 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game.
Diana Taurasi (center) was named to the 2010 All-FIBA World Cup Team.
Following the USA’s 2010 FIBA World Cup gold medal, Diana Taurasi became one of just six players to have earned World Cup gold, Olympic gold, an NCAA title and a WNBA championship. Since then five more athletes have accomplished the feat. In addition to Taurasi, the complete list is: Sue Bird, Swin Cash, Tamika Catchings, Cynthia Cooper, Brittney Griner, Asjha Jones, Maya Moore, Breanna Stewart, Sheryl Swoopes and Kara Wolters round out the list.
When the 2012 USA National Team played an exhibition game in Washington, D.C., prior to the 2012 London Olympic Games, Diana Taurasi (center) and the U.S. team had the opportunity to meet President Barack Obama.
Diana Taurasi was one of three team captains for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Women’s Basketball Team that wrapped up an 8-0 record and gold medal in London.
At the 2012 London Olympics, Diana Taurasi ranked second among all women's competitors for free throw percentage (.960, 24-25 FTs).
Playing in four of the USA National Team's exhibition games in 2014, Diana Taurasi averaged 7.3 points, 2.8 assists and 2.5 rebounds per game.
Diana Taurasi started in all six U.S. wins and averaged 8.8 points, 4.5 assists and 2.3 rebounds per game to help the USA to a gold medal at the 2014 FIBA World Cup in Istanbul.
Prior to the 2016 Olympic Games, Diana Taurasi helped the USA National Team to a 4-0 exhibition record, starting in all four wins and averaging 12.8 points, 3.0 assists and 2.5 rebounds per game. She is pictured here addressing the crowd prior to taking on a USA Select Team in California.
At the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Diana Taurasi averaged 15.6 points, 3.3 assists and 2.5 rebounds per game to help the USA to an 8-0 record and gold medal, which was a fourth-straight Olympic gold for Taurasi personally.
Diana Taurasi owns U.S. Olympic single-game records for 3-pointers made (6) and attempted (10), both of which came against Serbia in 2016.
Diana Taurasi ranks tied for first among U.S. Olympic career record holders for games played (32), second for points (379), third for 3-point field goal percentage (.464), fourth for free throw percentage (.931) and assists (76) and ninth for rebounds (96).
Diana Taurasi four times has been named the USA Basketball Female Athlete of the Year, including in 2006, 2010, 2012 and 2016.
Diana Taurasi aided the USA to a 3-0 exhibition record prior to the 2018 FIBA World Cup. She averaged 11.3 points and 4.0 assists per game and was named MVP of an exhibition tournament hosted by France in Antibes.
Diana Taurasi helped lead the USA to the 2018 FIBA World Cup gold medal and a perfect 6-0 slate. She averaged 12.2 points and 3.7 assists per game and shot 91.7 percent from the free throw line (22-24 FTs).
Diana Taurasi was named to the 2018 All-FIBA World Cup Team.
Diana Taurasi ranks third among USA World Cup leaders for career points (363), third for assists (92), fourth for 3-point percentage (.464) and 10th for rebounds (81), having played in the 2006, 2010, 2014 and 2018 editions of the event.
Diana Taurasi was one of eight players who committed to the USA's 2019-20 expanded training program as announced on July 27, 2019.
Diana Taurasi (No. 12) attended the 2019 USA AmeriCup Team training camp in Miami.
Diana Taurasi played in the USA National Team’s exhibition games against Stanford University, Oregon State University, Texas A&M University and the University of Oregon between Nov. 2-9, 2019.
Diana Taurasi aided the USA National Team to a 3-0 record at the 2019 FIBA Americas Olympic Pre-Qualifying Tournament from Nov. 14-17, in Argentina.
The team from Argentina at the 2019 FIBA Americas Olympic Pre-Qualifying Tournament in Bahia Blanca, Argentina, honored Diana Taurasi with a jersey. Taurasi’s parents immigrated to the United States from Argentina, and the family returned to live there for one year when Taurasi was 13.
Diana Taurasi participated in the USA National Team training camp in Chicago over the 2020 NBA All-Star Weekend. She is pictured here with Chelsea Gray (left) and LeBron James.
Through the Years: Diana Taurasi
U.S. Olympic Women’s Basketball Team 86, France 67 (8/18/16)