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Coaches, players and WNBA executives were pleased with the show Las Vegas put on for the All-Star Game last weekend. Las Vegas Aces coach Bill Laimbeer says he accomplished two of three goals. The All-Stars got hotel suites and four tickets instead of two to the game. But the former Detroit Piston player says the WNBA nixed his request to fly the All-Stars first-class. He complained to the board of governors, but the WNBA said it would be an unfair advantage for the Aces as All-Star hosts.
Shekinna Stricklen made the most of her All-Star weekend, winning the 3-point contest. The Connecticut Sun forward scored 23 points in the final round to edge hometown favorite Kayla McBride by a point.
The WNBA is adding a few experimental rules to the All-Star Game on Saturday. The teams will play with a 20-second shot clock instead of the usual 24. The league also is adding a hockey-style live substitution rule.
Allie Quigley of the Chicago Sky will try to three-peat as champion of the 3-point contest ahead of the WNBA All-Star Game in Las Vegas. Quigley set the WNBA record in Minnesota last year when she scored 29 points in the overtime round of the competition. Also competing in Friday’s 3-point contest is Las Vegas’ Kayla McBride, Los Angeles’ Chelsea Gray, New York’s Kia Nurse, Indiana’s Erica Wheeler and Connecticut’s Shekinna Stricklen.
Elena Delle Donne is a captain of the WNBA All-Star Game for the second straight year. This time she’ll be facing a team captained by A’ja Wilson. The WNBA announced the pair as captains for the All-Star Game in Las Vegas that will be played on July 27.
Elena Delle Donne of the Washington Mystics and A’ja Wilson of the Las Vegas Aces lead early returns for WNBA All-Star fan balloting. The Mystics star was one of the two captains in last year’s All-Star Game and her team lost to Candace Parker’s team.
Minnesota Lynx star Maya Moore won her third straight All-Star MVP award to lead Team Parker past Team Delle Donne 119-112 in the WNBA All-Star Game on Saturday.
Many of the WNBA’s top players, including several in this weekend’s All-Star game, have come out over the past few years. Their decisions have not generated the headlines they once did. WNBA players’ sexual orientation was rarely publicly discussed when the league first started, but now it is embraced and topics like same-sex marriage and child care are commonplace. Elena Delle Donne, Brittney Griner, Sue Bird and Diana Taurasi see it as a chance to help others struggling with their sexuality.
The draft is finished and the squads are set for Team Delle Donne vs Team Parker in the WNBA All-Star Game. The league switched its format this year with captains choosing the two sides and getting rid of conference affiliations.
Elena Delle Donne and Candace Parker will captain the WNBA All-Star teams in two weeks. Maya Moore was the top vote getter, but declined being captain giving Parker the chance as the third-place finisher in the voting done by fans, players, coaches and the media.
The WNBA is changing its All-Star game format this season. In a similar format to the one the NBA used this past season, two captains will draft the All-Star teams from the pool of players voted as All-Stars. The captains will be the stars with the highest vote totals from a combination of fan, media, coaches and player ballots.
Maya Moore provided the example, reigning league MVP Nneka Ogwumike gladly followed along, and Sue Bird received attention and recognition she deserved.
The WNBA has brought its All-Star Game to Seattle for the first time and it’s probably appropriate the event is taking place out West where most of the league’s big-name stars play. Whether it’s Seattle’s Sue Bird, reigning MVP Nneka Ogwumike of Los Angeles or Phoenix’s Diana Taurasi, the names on the West roster are among the most recognizable in the sport.
The WNBA is bringing back its 3-point contest to the All-Star Game. It’s the first time since 2009 that the contest will take place. The event during halftime of the game on July 22 in Seattle will showcase six players. The winner will receive a $10,000 donation to the charity of her choice.
Tamika Catchings didn’t want to get sentimental thinking about her final All-Star Game. Catchings, who announced last fall that 2016 would be her final season, will be playing in a record 10th game today (12:30 p.m., ABC). The WNBA usually skips the All-Star Game during Olympic years. “I’m excited,” Catchings said. “I think everybody thought I’d be sad about this coming to the end, the last this, the last that. I’m really not. It’s time. The young players are playing so well.” Catchings is one of the few All-Star veterans playing in the game, which features 10 first-time participants. “They call me old. I’m not old, just wiser than you guys,” Catchings joked. Eastern Conference coach Pokey Chatman was quiet on whether anything special was planned for Catchings. – AP