Diana Taurasi reacts during the women's basketball final during the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 on Aug. 8, 2021 in Tokyo.
After dropping in 24 points in a decisive win Friday in the WNBA playoffs, Phoenix Mercury star Diana Taurasi had a message for wife Penny Taylor during the postgame interview.
“Hold it in, babe,” Taurasi said. “I’m coming.”
A few hours and a short plane ride from Las Vegas later, the five-time Olympic gold medalist was back home in Phoenix and celebrating the arrival of her second child. Daughter Isla was born at 4:24 a.m. Saturday.
“Congratulations to Dee and Penny on the birth of their beautiful, healthy baby girl,” the Mercury shared through its Twitter account, referring to the newborn as “GOAT #2.”
One night later, the indefatigable Taurasi was back on the court for the Mercury for Game 1 of the WNBA Finals, scoring 17 points in a home loss to the Chicago Sky.
Former teammates with the Mercury, Taurasi and Taylor wed in 2017, and the next year welcomed their first child, a son named Leo. Big brother played a key role in naming the newest family member.
“He made a friend at the park a couple of years and her name was Isla,” Taurasi told USA Today. “Ever since then, every time we’d say we were going to have a little baby sister, he’d say Isla (pronounced Ila) and that’s what it’s been.
“Penny is unbelievable, and she’s the cutest, healthiest little girl so we’re really happy.”
Taurasi, 39, is coming off a historic summer in which she helped Team USA win another Olympic gold medal in Tokyo. In doing so she and teammate Sue Bird became the first Olympic basketball players to claim five gold medals in the sport.
After defeating the Las Vegas Aces in the WNBA semifinals last week, Taurasi is now just three wins away from a fourth league title with the Mercury. They host the Sky for Game 2 on Wednesday in Phoenix.