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Considered one of the greatest women to play basketball, Taurasi's penchant for scoring in crucial situations has earned her the nickname "White Mamba", first coined by Kobe Bryant. She was also named the 2000 Naismith and Parade Magazine National High School Player of the Year, and the 19 Ms. Taurasi finished her prep career ranked fifth in state history with 2,156 points. Following a highly decorated high school career, Taurasi enrolled at the University of Connecticut (UConn) and began playing for the women's basketball team during the 2000–2001 season.
Taking the court primarily at point guard and shooting guard, she led the team to three consecutive NCAA championships.
She was an All Star for the second straight year, but the Mercury faded down the stretch and again missed the playoffs.
With this victory Taurasi became the seventh player ever to win an NCAA title, a WNBA title, and an Olympic gold medal.
The Mercury finished 18–16, but after losing a tie-breaker with Houston and Seattle, missed the playoffs.
In 2007, Taurasi finally reached the WNBA playoffs.
During that game she made a WNBA record 8 three-pointers (which has since been tied by Riquna Williams).
Taurasi also set a WNBA record with 121 three-pointers made in a single season.