In addition to the national recognition she received during her time at UConn, Taurasi was held in legendary status by many Connecticut fans.
For the season, the rookie averaged 17.0 points, 4.4 rebounds and 3.9 assists per game.
Although the Mercury did not qualify for the playoffs, Taurasi was named to the Western Conference All Star team and won the WNBA Rookie of the Year Award.
Diana was a member of the inaugural class (2006) of inductees to the University of Connecticut women's basketball "Huskies of Honor" recognition program.
Following her collegiate career, Taurasi was selected first overall in the 2004 WNBA Draft by the Phoenix Mercury, a team that went 8–26 in the 2003 season.
She averaged 15.0 points, 4.3 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game in her collegiate career.