UMMC, led by Taurasi's Phoenix teammate Brittney Griner and Minnesota's Maya Moore, won the Euro League Final Four championship this past weekend. Ekat is a great club; they treat their players great.
Taurasi played briefly overseas this past winter with UMMC Ekaterinburg in Russia, but she returned to the United States in December.
At times in her career, she had to play forward because there were shorter players in the starting five on her team. Also, right before the 2004 season, the Mercury acquired all-star Penny Taylor in a dispersal draft, to strengthen their roster.
In her WNBA debut, Taurasi netted 22 points in a 72–66 Mercury loss to the Sacramento Monarchs.
Since the day she was drafted, Taurasi has won three WNBA championships (2007, 2009, 2014), one WNBA Most Valuable Player Award (2009), two WNBA Finals MVP Awards (2009, 2014), four Olympic gold medals, (2004, 2008, 2012, 2016), five scoring titles (2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011), WNBA Rookie of the Year Award (2004), and three FIBA World Cups (2010, 2014, 2018).
She is one of only 11 women to attain all four accolades.
In addition to the national recognition she received during her time at UConn, Taurasi was held in legendary status by many Connecticut fans.