Phoenix Mercury star Diana Taurasi flies home in time for the birth of daughter.
Diana Taurasi returned home in time to see her wife Penny Taylor give birth to their second child, a baby girl. Taurasi returned to Phoenix from Las Vegas shortly after helping the Mercury win Game 5 of their playoff series against the Las Vegas Aces.
In Friday night’s 87-84 victory, she scored 14 of her 24 points in the fourth quarter.
In a postgame interview, the WNBA’s all-time leading scorer joked with Taylor, telling her to “hold it in, sweetheart.”
Taurasi boarded an aircraft for the short trip and then drove directly to the hospital to witness the delivery.
Taylor gave birth to her first child at 4:24 a.m. local time. The greatest reason for the Phoenix Mercury’s 87-84 victory against the Las Vegas Aces on Friday night to earn a place in the WNBA Finals?
No, it wasn’t Shey Peddy’s two-of-three free throws with 4.8 seconds left that gave the Mercury a two-point lead, but they certainly helped.
Even Brittney Griner’s stop of an A’ja Wilson driving shot with 0.7 seconds left couldn’t save the game. If you ask Mercury coach Sandy Brondello, the answer is self-evident.
“In the fourth quarter, we have Diana Taurasi and they don’t,” she added, quoting Taurasi’s Connecticut college coach from decades ago.