Taru Tuukkanen is a Finnish international post
player with both American experience (she was selected in the 57th pick in the
2001 WNBA Draft after averaging 19,1 points and 8,4 rebounds in her senior year
at Xavier) and European experience, where apart from Finland she has played in
the Italian, French and Spanish League, country in which she has played for
Taru started playing basketball in Finland,
from where she moved to Xavier where she was the top scorer and best rebounder
in her freshman, junior and senior year. Specially in her senior season, Taru broke Xavier´s record in scoring
and rebounding after averaging 19,1 points (60% from the field) and 8,4
rebounds per game.
She was also named in the Atlatic 10 Conference
First Team both in the 1999-00 and 2000-01 seasons.
Once her college career was over, Taru
Tuukkanen was selected in the 57th pick of the 2001 WNBA Draft by the New York
Taru had her first european experience in the
2001-02 season, playing for Calais in French 1st division.
In the 2002-03 season, Taru played in Symel
Tenerife, averaging 16,2 points 8,5 rebounds and 17,8 in efficiency per game in
the Spanish 1st division.
After her good year, Taru signed with
Perfumerias Avenida Salamanca in the 2003-04 season, averaging 11,8 points 5,8
rebounds and 13 in efficiency in League and 14,3 points and 5,7 rebounds in
Taru Tuukkanen signed with Mann Filter Zaragoza
in the 2004-05 season and averaged 15,9 points 6,2 rebounds and 13,5 in
efficiency in League and 17 points and 5,7 rebounds in the playoffs.
Taru began the 2005-06 season in Leon,
averaging 8,5 points and 5,2 rebounds per game in League and 8,6 points and 3,4 rebounds in
FIBA Cup. Later she moved to Extrugasa, averaging 17,2 points 7,3 rebounds and
20,2 in efficiency in League and moving Extrugasa to 1st division with 19,3
points 8 rebounds and 29 in efficiency in the Playoffs.
Taru stayed in Extrugasa in 2006-07, averaging
15,5 points 8,9 rebounds and 16,2 in efficiency in League and 17 points and 10
rebounds in Queen´s Cup and 16 points 8 rebounds and 15,5 in efficiency in the
In the 2007-08 season, Taru Tuukkanen signs
with Gran Canaria, averaging 15,7 points 7,4 rebounds and 15 in efficiency in
League and 14,3 points and 8,9 rebounds in FIBA Cup.
After starting the 2008-09 season in Napoli,
where she averaged 9,8 points and 4,5 rebounds per game, Taru returned to
Extrugasa to finish the season and averaged 11,8 points and 5,6 rebounds in
League and 15 points and 4 rebounds in FIBA Cup.
Taru had her first daughter at the end of 2009
and few time later she returned to play in Finland, averaging 15,8 points and
9,4 rebounds per game in PeKa.
Taru stayed in Finland in the 2010-11 season
and playing for ToPo she averaged 18,9 points and 9,5 rebounds per game.
Taru is and has been one of the most important
player in the history of Finnish Basketball.
With the senior national team, Taru averaged 11
points and 7,4 rebounds per game in the Qualifying for the European Champinship
in 2001, 11 points and 5,5 rebounds in 2003, 15,7 points and 7,2 rebounds in
2005, 15,1 points and 8,6 rebounds in 2007, 14,3 points and 9 rebounds in 2009
and 14,8 points and 8,8 rebounds in 2011.
Taru Tuukkanen signed with Zamora in the
2011-12, returning to Spanish 1st division and averaging 10,2 points and 6
rebounds in 26 minutes per game, shining against Sóller with 23 points and 8
In the 2012 summer, Taru Tuukkanen played the
Qualifying Round for the European Championship 2013, avearging 19,8 points and
12,4 rebounds, shining against Italy with 24 points and 13 rebounds and with 25
points 16 rebounds and +28 efficiency in the win against Latvia.
In the 2012-13 season, Taru Tuukkanen stays in
Caja Rural Tintos de Toro Zamora, averaging 13.7 points 6.3 rebounds and 15.3
in efficiency in 27 minutes per game.
Taru is also the MVP of the week in the game
against Sedis Cadí with 29 points 12 rebounds and +39 efficiency.
Taru Tuukkanen signed with HyPo in Finland1st
division during the 2014-15 season, averaging 15.0 points 7.2 rebounds with
+17.3 of efficiency in 28.4 minutes per game.
Taru Tuukkanen played well against Honka with
29 points y 20 rebounds with +47 of efficiency, and PeKa with 30 points and 11
rebounds with +39 of efficiency and Pyrinto with 23 points and 16 rebounds with
+39 of efficiency.
In this current season, Taru has re-signed with
Hypo, where she has averaged 14.2 points, 11.2 rebounds, 3.4 assists and +22.8
efficiency per game and has led her team until the Finnish First Division
The Finnish power forward, this current 2015-16
season has excelled against Peka with 30 points, 23 rebounds, 6 assists and +56
efficiency, against Pyrinto with 21 points, 18 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 blocks
and +36 efficiency and against Catz with 16 points, 15 rebounds, 5 assists, 4
steals and +32 efficiency.
1997-98: Xavier (NCAA-D1):
1998-99: Xavier (NCAA-D1):
1999-00: Xavier (NCAA-D1):
2000-01: Xavier (NCAA-D1): 19.1ppg, 8.4rpg, 1.8apg 1.7spg
2001: drafted by New York Liberty
2001-02: Calais (France-D1)
2002-03: Symel Tenerife (Spain-D1):
16.2ppg, 8.5rpg, +17.8val
2003-04: Perfumerias Avenida (Spain-D1):
11.8ppg 5.8rpg +13val
2004-05: Mann Filter Zaragoza (Spain-D1):
16.0ppg, 6.2rpg, 1apg, 1spg, 2FGP: 46%
2005-06: Acis-Incosa León (Spain-D1):
EuroCup: 8.6ppg, 3.4rpg, 0.6apg, FGP: 52.2%, 3FGP: 33.3%, FT: 78.9%; Spanish
League: 8.5ppg, 5.2rpg, 2FGP: 43.6%, played also at Extrugasa Vilagarcia (Spain-D2)
2006-07: Extrugasa Vilagarcia (Spain-D1):
15.5ppg, 8.9rpg, 1.5apg, 1.8spg, 2FGP: 41.5%, FT: 73.5%
2007-08: Gran Canaria La Caja de
Canarias (Spain-D1): EuroCup: 14.3ppg,
8.9rpg, 1.1spg, FGP: 41.8%; Spanish League: Score-5(15.7ppg), 7.4rpg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 39%, 3PT: 29%, FT: 76%
2008-09: Vomero Basket Napoli
(Italy-D1): 9.8ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.3spg, in
Dec.'08 moved to Extrugasa Vilagarcia (Spain-D1): Spanish League: 11.8ppg, 5.6rpg, 1.1apg, FGP: 41.6%, 3PT: 32%,
FT: 81.3%; EuroCup: 15ppg, 4rpg, 1apg, 1spg
2009-10: In Jan.'10 signed at
Kotka Peli-Karhut (Finland-D1): 15.8ppg, 9.4rpg, 1.1apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 43.3%,
3PT: 24.5%, FT: 77.6%
2010-11: Torpan Pojat Helsinki
(Finland-D1): Score-4(18.9ppg), 9.5rpg, 1.5apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 51%, FT: 70.4%
2011-12: Caja Rural Valbusendat (Spain-D1):
10.6ppg 6rpg in 26min
2012-13: Caja Rural Tintos de
Toro (Spain-D1): 13.7ppg 6.3rpg +15.3eff
2014-15: Hyvinkaan Ponteva (Finland-D1):
15ppg, 7.2rpg, 2FGP 43.3%
2015-16: HyPo (Finland-D1):
14.2ppg 11.2rpg 3.4apg +22.8eff T2:48.5%
All Atlantic 10 First Team, 2001
NCAA Mideast Region Team, 2001
Atlantic 10 Co-Most Improved
Finnish National Team -04-06,
Spanish LFB Cup Finalist -05
Spanish LF2A Champion -06
Finnish League All-Defensive Team
Finnish 1st Division Regular
Season Runner-Up -10
Finnish 1st Division Finalist -10
Qualifications to European
Championships 2011 -10: 13ppg, Reb-5(8.9rpg), 2.3apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 44.4%, 3PT:
23.8%, FT: 73.9%
All-Finnish League Domestic
Player of the Year -11
All-Finnish League 2nd Team -11
Finnish League All-Domestic
Players Team -11
Finnish 1st Division Semifinals
Qualifications to European
Championships 2013 -12: Score-2(19.8ppg), Reb-1(12.4rpg), 2.6apg, 1.3spg, 1bpg,
FGP: 48.8%, 3PT: 25%, FT: 71.8%
Spanish LFB Cup Semifinals -13
Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LFB
Honorable Mention -13
Qualifications to European
Championships 2015 -14: 12.3ppg, 7rpg, 1.2apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 39.4%, 3PT: 22.2%,
Finland League Finalist, -16