Diana Taurasi is an American professional basketball player who is considered to be one of the greatest women basketball players of all time.
Sher was born on June 11, 1982, in Chino, California.
Her mother is Argentine, and her father moved from Italy to Argentina as a child. She grew up speaking Spanish at home with her parents.
Taurasi played for the University of Connecticut women’s basketball team from 2000-2004. During her time there, she led the team to three consecutive NCAA championships.
She was drafted first overall by the Phoenix Mercury in the 2004 WNBA draft.
Taurasi has played for the Mercury ever since, and has won three WNBA championships with the team. She is also a 5-time scoring champion and has been named the WNBA MVP three times.
She has also had a successful international career, winning four Olympic gold medals with the United States women’s basketball team.
She has also won multiple FIBA World Cup gold medals.
Taurasi is known for her magnetic intensity on the court, but off the court she has a comic knockabout charisma. She is fluent in Spanish and has a close relationship with her family.
In August 2023, she became the first player in WNBA history to score 10,000 career points.
Diana Taurasi wife
Taurasi’s wife is Penny Taylor.
The couple got married on May 13, 2017, after eight years of dating, and share two children together, Leo Michael Taurasi-Taylor and Isla Taurasi-Taylor.
Taylor is an Australian retired professional basketball player and assistant coach.
She was born on May 24, 1981, in Melbourne, Victoria, to English parents Michael Taylor and Denna Noble.
Taylor started playing basketball at the age of 4 when her parents enrolled her in the Belgrave South Red Devils basketball club:
During her 19-year career, Taylor spent the most time with the Phoenix Mercury of the WNBA, where she won three championships.
She also won the WNBL title with her first club, the Australian Institute of Sport, and played in China, Italy, Turkey and Russia.
Taylor was chosen as a reserve for the WNBA All-Star game in July 2007.
On September 16, 2007, she, along with Diana Taurasi and Cappie Pondexter, led the Phoenix Mercury to the WNBA championship, defeating the Detroit Shock.
Taylor is a three-time WNBA champion (2007, 2009, 2014). In 2022, she was inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame.
Taylor is known for her humility and persistence in the face of challenges.
How did Diana Taurasi and Penny Taylor meet?
Taurasi and Penny Taylor met through basketball, as they were both players for the Phoenix Mercury, a team in the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA).
In 2004, Taurasi was drafted by the Phoenix Mercury as the top-overall pick, and later in 2010, Taylor joined the Mercury as the Director of Player Development and Performance.
Come 2013, Taylor retired from playing basketball, and later in 2014, Taurasi took a break from playing in the WNBA to rest and play overseas.
In 2015, Taurasi returned to the Mercury and played alongside Taylor, who had returned to playing basketball.
Two years later, Taurasi and Taylor got married after eight years of dating.
At the time, Taylor was the Phoenix Mercury Director of Player Development and Performance.
In 2018, Taylor gave birth to the couple’s son, Leo Michael Taurasi-Taylor.
Taurasi has spoken publicly about her love and admiration for Taylor, calling her “the most amazing and beautiful person I know”.
The couple has also been featured in interviews and articles about their relationship, including a 2020 chat with fellow WNBA player Sue Bird and soccer star Megan Rapinoe.