• As of June 21, 2016.

USA Basketball Notes:

  • Honors: 2006, 2010 & 2012 USA Basketball Female Athlete of the Year, 2008 FIBA Diamond Ball All-Tournament Team, 2010 All-FIBA World Championship Team, 3-point trophy winner at the 2006 World Championship, 2001 FIBA All-Junior World Championship (U19) Team.
  • Gold Medals: 2004, 2008 & 2012 Olympics, 2010 & 2014 FIBA World Championships, 2008 FIBA Diamond Ball Tournament, 2007 FIBA Americas Championship, 2000 Junior World Championship Qualifying Tournament.
  • Silver Medal: 2007 FIBA World League Tournament.
  • Bronze Medals: 2006 FIBA World Championship, 2001 Junior World Championship.
  • Played on a pair of USA junior teams in 2000 and 2001 before being called up to the USA National Team in 2004. Since then, has helped the USA earn four Olympic gold medals (32-0), two FIBA World Chmapionship golds (15-0), 2007 FIBA Americas Championship gold (5-0) and 2006 FIBA World Championship bronze medal (8-1), and helped USA National Teams to a 34-2 record in exhibition play.

  • Is one of only 10 players to have earned a World Championship gold medal, Olympic gold medal, an NCAA title and WNBA championship (Sue Bird, Swin Cash, Tamika Catchings, Cynthia Cooper, Brittney Griner, Asjha Jones, Maya Moore, Sheryl Swoopes and Kara Wolters).

  • Is one of only five athletes in the world with four Olympic basketball gold medals after claiming her fourth Olympic gold in 2016.

    Led the U.S. team in 2016 in scoring (15.6 ppg.) and her 125 points ranked fourth among all competitors in the 16-team field.

  • Ranked second at the 2012 Olympics for free throw percentage (.960, 24-25 FTs).
  • Owns the U.S. Olympic single-game record for most 3-point field goals made with six versus Serbia in 2016.

  • Ranks second all-time among U.S. Olympic career record holders 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).
  • Aided the 2007 USA Select Team to a 3-2 record and the silver medal at the 2007 FIBA World League Tournament in Ekaterinburg, Russia.
  • Attended part of the USA's 2007 Italy camp, but did not compete due to her team's EuroLeague schedule.
  • Her 6-of-7 shooting from 3-point in the 2006 bronze medal game set the USA World Championship single-game record for made 3-pointers and tied the record for attempts.
  • Earned the 2006 FIBA World Championship’s 3-point trophy after nailing 50.0 percent of her 50 attempts from afar.
  • Joined the 2004 USA National Team less than 48 hours after winning her third NCAA title and averaged 9.0 ppg., 2.3 rpg. and 4.0 apg. in the USA's three exhibition games.
  • Member of the 2001 USA Junior World Championship (U19) Team that posted a 6-1 record and earned the bronze medal in Brno, Czech Republic; was named to the five-member All-FIBA Junior World Championship Team.
  • Member of the 2000 USA Junior World Championship Qualifying (U18) Team that won gold with a 
  • 5-0 record in Mar del Plata, Argentina.

Professional Notes

  • Drafted: No. 1 overall in 2004 by the Phoenix Mercury.
  • WNBA titles: 2007, 2009, 2014.
  • WNBA MVP: 2009.
  • WNBA Finals MVP: 2009.
  • All-WNBA first team: 2004, 2006-11, 2013-14.
  • All-WNBA second team: 2005, 2016.
  • WNBA All-Star Games: 2005-07, 2009, 2011, 2013-14.
  • WNBA Rookie of the Year: 2004.
  • WNBA All-Decade Team honorable mention: 1997-2006
  • Top 15 Players in WNBA History (15th Anniversary Team): 2011.
  • WNBA Top 20@20: 2016
  • WNBA Scoring Champ: 2006, 2008-11, 2014.
  • WNBA Assists Champ: 2014.
  • EuroLeague All-Star Games: 2006, 2008-10.
  • EuroLeague titles: 2007-10, 2013.
  • EuroLeague Finals MVP: 2009, 2010.
  • EuroLeague Scoring Champ: 2009-12.
  • Competing in 2017 alongside Brittney Griner for UMMC Ekaterinburg (Russia), where in 2016 she helped lead Ekat to the EuroLeague and Russian championships.
  • Helped lead the Phoenix Mercury to the 2016 WNBA semifinals.
  • Sat out the 2015 WNBA season.
  • Averaged a league-high 5.6 apg. and added 16.8 ppg. to lead Phoenix to a league-best 29-5 record and the 2014 WNBA title.
  • Has played in Europe since the 2005-06 season, starting with Moscow Dynamo for one year before signing with Spartak Moscow Region Vidnoje, where she helped Spartak claim four-straight EuroLeague titles, including 2010 when Spartak earned a perfect 16-0 record. She then played seven EuroLeague contests for Fenerbache (Turkey) in 2010-11, during which time Fener went undefeated; played for Galatasaray (Turkey) in 2011-12; and spent the 2012-13 and 2013-14 seasons helping lead UMMC Ekaterinburg (Russia) to the 2013 EuroLeague crown and third-place EuroLeague finish in 2014.
  • Sat out most of the 2012 WNBA season due to injury.
  • Six-time ESPY award winner: Best WNBA Player (2012, 2011, 2010), Best Female College Athlete (2003, 2004) and Best Female Athlete (2004).
  • Became the first WNBA player to reach the 800-point mark in a single season, finishing the 2006 campaign with 860, bettered the previous marks (23.1 ppg., 739 points) established in 2001 by Katie Smith.

College Notes:

  • In her four years, helped Connecticut to a 139-8 (.946) overall record, including a 22-1 (.957) mark in NCAA tournaments, winning three NCAA titles, along with four Big East Conference regular season and two Big East Tournament crowns.
  • Was the fifth two-time winner of the Naismith Player of the Year award (2003, 2004), also collected a pair of Honda awards (2003, 2004).
  • Wade Trophy winner (2003) and National Player of the Year by the Associated Press and USBWA (2003).
  • NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player (2003, 2004), All-Final Four (2003, 2004), NCAA Regional MOP (2001, 2003, 2004), four-time NCAA All-Regional (2001-04). 
  • Big East Player of the Year (2003, 2004), All-Big East first team (2002, 2003, 2004), Big East All-Tournament Team (2001, 2002, 2003), first rookie to earn All-Big East Tournament MVP honors (2001).
  • Named to the Big East Silver Anniversary Team, the only then-current athlete selected to the squad.

Personal Notes:

  • Born in Glendale, California, hails from Chino, California, and majored in sociology at Connecticut.
  • Daughter of Mario, who was born in Italy and raised in Argentina, and Liliana, a native Argentinian; has one sister, Jessika, who played basketball at UC Riverside.
  • Her father played professional soccer as a goalie.
  • Her family moved to Southern California before Dee was born and Spanish is the laguage spoken in the Taurasi household.
  • Attended Don Lugo High School (Calif.), where she was named the 2000 Naismith and Parade Magazine National High School Player of the Year.
  • First overseas was in 1996 when the USA Junior squad went to Mar del Plata, Argentina.

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USA Basketball Statistics

TEAM G/S FGM-FGA PCT 3PM-3PA PCT FTM-FTA PCT REB/AVG PTS/AVG AST BLK STL
2016 OLY 8/ 8 41- 72 .569 33- 57 .579 10- 11 .909 20/ 2.5 125/ 15.6 26 0 6
2016 OLYx 4/ 4 17- 36 .472 9- 26 .346 8- 9 .889 10/ 2.5 51/ 12.8 12 2 2
2014 WC 6/6 18- 38 .474 8- 20 .400 9- 12 .750 14/ 2.3 53/ 8.8 27 1 3
2014 WCx 4/4 8- 29 .276 4- 13 .308 9- 10 .900 10/ 2.5 29/ 7.3 11 0 11
2012 OLY 8/8 30-66 .455 15-35 .429 24-25 .960 24/3.0 99/12.4 23 2 7
2012 OLYx 5/5 21-42 .500 9-19 .474 2-2 1.000 8/1.6 53/10.6 15 2 5
2010 WC 9/ 9 38- 76 .500 14- 28 .500 18- 20 .900 22/ 2.4 108/ 12.0 23 1 9
2010 WCx 4/ 2 12- 25 .480 3- 10 .300 4- 5 .800 4/ 1.0 31/ 7.8 9 0 1
2010 WNT 1/ 1 4- 7 .571 1- 4 .250 0- 0 .--- 1/ 1.0 9/ 9.0 0 1 1
2008 OLY 8/ 8 30- 61 .492 12- 28 .429 15- 15 1.000 31/ 3.9 87/ 10.9 19 2 7
2008 OLYX 3/ 3 14- 26 .538 3- 9 .333 3- 3 1.000 9/ 3.0 34/ 11.3 5 0 4
2007 COLL 8/ 8 40- 84 .476 23- 52 .442 15- 18 .833 50/ 6.3 118/ 14.8 34 6 12
2007 FWLT 5/ 5 25- 74 .338 11- 33 .333 12- 15 .800 23/ 4.6 73/ 14.6 10 1 8
2007 TOA 5/ 5 19- 36 .528 9- 19 .474 8- 9 .889 28/ 5.6 55/ 11.0 17 4 5
2006 WC 9/ 9 48- 96 .500 25- 50 .500 8- 15 .533 28/ 3.1 129/ 14.3 20 3 4
2006 WCX 1/ 1 4- 8 .500 2- 3 .667 0- 0 .--- 1/ 1.0 10/ 10.0 2 1 0
2006 WNT 3/ 2 8- 24 .333 4- 15 .267 0- 0 .--- 5/ 1.7 20/ 6.7 10 1 2
2004 OLY 8/ 0 26- 69 .377 11- 33 .333 5- 7 .714 24/ 3.0 68/ 8.5 8 3 7
2004 WNT 6/ 0 17- 38 .447 6- 19 .316 0- 3 .000 14/ 2.3 40/ 6.7 15 2 4
2001 JWC 7/ 7 47-100 .470 22- 51 .431 19- 24 .792 31/ 4.4 135/ 19.3 19 4 7
2001 JWCX 4/ 4 21- 41 .512 8- 18 .444 5- 9 .556 13/ 3.3 55/ 13.8 16 2 11
2000 JWCQ 5/ 5 21- 40 .525 11- 26 .423 10- 13 .769 21/ 4.2 63/ 12.6 23 2 13
Totals 121/104 509-1088 .468 243-568 .428 184-225 .818 390/ 3.2 1445/ 11.9 344 40 129

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