- Her father, Mario, played professional soccer in Italy.
- Named the 2000 Parade magazine National High School Player of the Year.
- Was part of three NCAA championship teams at Connecticut, where she won the 2003 and 2004 Naismith Player of the Year awards, and was a member of gold-medal winning Olympic teams in 2004, 2008, 2012 and 2016.
- Appeared in the 2006 hoops docudrama Believe in Me as a basketball coach.
- Selected No. 1 overall in the 2004 WNBA Draft by the Phoenix Mercury, and won the WNBA scoring title, regular-season MVP, team championship and WNBA finals MVP in 2009.
- Was named the WNBA Finals MVP in 2014.
- Sat out the 2015 WNBA season at the request of her Russian Premier League team, UMMC Ekaterinburg.