Taru Tuukanen started her college career at Xavier in the 1997/18 season and she was the team best scorer and rebounder during 3 seasons, averaging 19.1 points and 8.4 rebounds per game in her senior season and being named First Team Atlantic 10 in the 1999/00 and the 2000/01 seasons.
In April 2001, Taru Tuukkanen was selected by the New York Liberty with the 57th pick of the WNBA Draft.
Taru Tuukkaned had her first professional experience in France, playing for Calais during the 2001/02 season.
In the 2002/03 season, Taru Tuukkanen signed in Spain with Symel Tenerife and she averaged 16.2 points, 8.5 rebounds and +17.8 efficiency per game.
In the 2003/04 season, Taru signed with Perfumerías Avenida and she averaged 11.8 points, 5.8 rebounds and +13 efficiency per game in Liga Femenina and 14.3 points and 5.7 rebounds per game in the Playoffs.
Taru Tuukkanen signed with Mann Filter Zaragoza during the 2004/05 and she averaged 15.9 points and 6.2 rebounds per game in Liga Femenina and 17 points and 5.7 rebounds per game in the Playoffs.
Taru began the 2005/06 season in León, averaging 8.5 points and 5.2 rebounds per game in Liga Femenina and 8.6 points and 3.4 rebounds per game in the Eurocup. Later in the season, Taru Tuukkanen moved to Extrugasa and she averaged 17.2 points, 7.3 rebounds and +20.2 efficiency per game in Liga Femenina 2, promoting her team to Liga Femenina with 19.3 points, 8 rebounds and +29 efficiency per game during the Playoffs to Liga Femenina.
Taru Tuukkanen re-signed with Extrugasa during the 2006/07 season and she averaged 15.5 points, 8.9 rebounds and +16.2 efficiency per game in Liga Femenina, 17 points and 10 rebounds in the Spanish Cup and 16 points and 8 rebounds per game in the Playoffs.
In the 2007/08 season, Taru Tuukkanen stayed in Spain and signed with Gran Canaria, averaging 15.7 points, 7.4 rebounds and +15 efficiency per game in Liga Femenina and 14.3 points and 8.9 rebounds per game in FIBA Cup.
Taru started the 2008/09 season in Italy, playing for Napoli and averaging 9.8 points and 4.5 rebounds per game. Taru returned to Extrugasa for the second part of the season and she averaged 11.8 points and 5.6 rebounds per game in Liga Femenina and 15 points per game in FIBA Cup.
After pregnancy, Taru Tuukkanen signed in Finland with Peka in January 2010 and she averaged 15.8 points and 9.4 rebounds per game.
Taru continued in Finland during the 2010/11 season and she played for ToPo, averaging 18.9 points and 9.5 rebounds per game.
With the Finnish National Team, Taru Tuukkanen averaged 11 points and 7.4 rebounds per game in the 2001 Qualifying Round for the European Chmpionship, 11 points and 5 rebounds per game in the 2003 Edition, 15.7 points and 7.2 rebounds per game in the 2005 Edition, 15.1 points and 8.5 rebounds per game in the 2007 Edition, 14.3 points and 9 rebounds in the 2009 Edition, 14.8 points and 8.8 rebounds per game in the 2011 Edition, 19.8 points and 12.4 rebounds per game in the 2013 Edition and 12.3 points and 7 rebounds per game in the 2015 Edition.
In the 2011/12 season, Taru Tuukkanen returned to Spain and signed with Zamora, averaging 10.2 points and 6 rebounds per game, shining against Sóller with 23 points and 8 rebounds.
In the 2012/13 season, Taru Tuukanen re-signed with Zamora and she averaged 13.7 points, 6.3 rebounds and +15.3 efficiency in 27 minutes per game, shining against Sedis Cadí with 29 points, 12 rebounds and +39 efficiency.
Taru Tuukkanen returned to Finland in the 2013/14 season and she averaged 17.7 points and 10.9 rebounds per game with PeKa.
In the 2014/15 season, Taru Tuukkanen signd with HyPo and she averaged 15 points, 7.2 rebounds and +17.3 efficiency in 28 minutes per game.
Taru re-signed with HyPo in the 2015/16 season and averaged 14.2 points, 11.2 rebounds, 3.4 assists and +22.8 efficiency per game, leading her team to the Finnish League Finals.
In the 2016/17 season, Taru Tuukkanen extended her contract with HyPo and she was Finnish League Champion and MVP after averaging 18.1 points, 12.4 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game.
In the 2017/18 season, Taru Tuukkanen re-signed in Finland with HyPo.
Taru Tuukkanen is a 1.92m Finnish international post player born in 1977 who was the 57th pick in the 2001 WNBA Draft and who has experience with her National Team and in countries like Spain, France and Italy.
Taru Tuukkanen is a good passer smart post player who can scorer with her back to the basket and also with her good mid and long range shoot.
- Finnish League Champion 2016/17
- First Team | Finnish League 2016/17
- MVP | Finnish League 2016/17
- Finalist Spanish Cup 2012/13
- Finnish League Finalist 2009/10, 2013/14, 2015/16
- Spanish LF2 Champion 2005/06
- Spanish Cup Finalist 2004/05
- First Team | Atlantic 10 - 1999/2000, 2000/01