Penny Taylor is known as an Australian professional basketball player. She is most famous for winning a WNBA championship with the Phoenix Mercury and being the captain of the Australian women's national team.
Penny Taylor was born on May 24, 1981, in Melbourne, Australia. Her parents are Denna Noble and Michael Taylor. They have two other children, Heather and Phillip. She started playing basketball when she was 4 years old. Her parents put her in the Belgrave South Red Devils and eventually the Nunawading Spectres. Taylor finished Upwey High School in Upwey and later graduated from the Australian Institute of Sport.
Penny Taylor got married to Rodrigo Rodrigues Gil. They had their wedding in 2005 but got had a divorce, a few years later. In 2017, she married her former teammate, Diana Taurasi.
Between 1997 and 1998, Taylor played for the Australian Institute of Sport. Then, she played in the WNBL, for the Dandenong Rangers from 1998 to 2002. In 1999, she won a title with her club. In the next two seasons, she was named the WNBL MVP. For the 2014-2015 season, she signed with the Rangers, an Australian team. The main reason, why she returned to her home country, after twelve years, was to be closer to her family, especially closer to her father and nephews. Taylor went on to play for the same team in the 2015/2016 season. She also prepared herself for the 2016 Summer Olympics.
In a match versus Sydney Uni Flames, Taylor had an injury, where she hurt her ankle, eight minutes before the end of the match. Many fans claim that her team lost due to the fact she wasn’t on the court.
In her WNBA career, Taylor played for the Cleveland Rockers for three seasons, starting in 2001. In 2004, she was signed by the Phoenix Mercury. In 2007, Taylor, together with Cappie Pondexter and Diana Taurasi led their team to the championship game of the WNBA. In the final series, they defeated Detroit Shock to become the champions. During the 2009 season, she had surgery, so she was absent during the first half of the championship defending season. In 2012, she had another injury and had three surgeries. In 2014, she spent the first half of the year recovering, but returned in the second half. Taylor didn’t play in 2015 due to personal reasons.
Since 2002, Taylor has been a member of the Opals which is Australia women's national basketball team. That same year, she got a FIBA World Championship for Women Bronze medal. In 2006, she was named as the Most Valuable Player in the championship and won the FIBA World Championship for Women which was held in Brazil. Taylor is well-known for winning silver medals in Beijing in 2008 and in Athens in 2004.
Before the Summer Olympics in 2004 in Athens, Taylor posed nude in Black+White, an Australian magazine. This magazine presented nude athletes and was treated as controversial by some people but others saw it as art.
|Birth Date:||24 May, 1981|
|Education:||Australian Institute of Sport|