WNBA All-Star Game

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Logo for the inaugural WNBA All-Star Game, held in 1999

The Women's National Basketball Association All-Star Game, commonly referred to as the WNBA All-Star Game is an annual exhibition basketball game played in the United States between the best players of the Eastern and Western Conference of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA).

Structure[edit]

Each conference is represented by a team of 12 players who are currently having the best seasons performance-wise around the league. The starters are determined by fans voting through internet ballots. The rest of the players are selected by league personnel including head coaches as well as media personalities. At the end of the game, an all-star game Most Valuable Player (MVP) is named, as decided by a panel of media members.

History[edit]

In 2004, the game was not played in its usual format due to the WNBA players competing in the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece. That year, the USA national team defeated a team of WNBA All-Stars 74-58 at Radio City Music Hall.[1][2] This game is not considered to be an All-Star Game.

No game was played in 2008 due to the 2008 Summer Olympics held in Beijing, China.

The 2010 game also matched Team USA against a WNBA All-Star team, with Team USA winning 99–72 at Mohegan Sun Arena.[3] Much like the 2004 game, this year's matchup is not considered to be an All-Star Game.

No game was played in 2012 due to the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, England.

West leads 8-4 thru the 2014 game.

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Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "USA BASKETBALL 74, WNBA ALL". ESPN. Retrieved 11 July 2010. 
  2. ^ "Fowles' third quarter helps Team USA power past WNBA All-Stars". ESPN. 10 July 2010. Retrieved 11 July 2010. 
  3. ^ Hays, Graham (9 July 2010). "Win a good start for Team USA". ESPN. Retrieved 11 July 2010. 
  4. ^ "1999 WNBA All-Star Game: Box Score". WNBA.COM. Retrieved 11 July 2010. 
  5. ^ "1999 WNBA All-Star Game Notes". WNBA.COM. Retrieved 11 July 2010. 
  6. ^ "2000 WNBA All-Star Game: Box Score". WNBA.COM. Retrieved 11 July 2010. 
  7. ^ "2000 WNBA All-Star Game Notes". WNBA.COM. Retrieved 11 July 2010. 
  8. ^ Rubinstein, Barry (16 July 2001). "2001 WNBA All-Star Game Recap". WNBA.COM. Retrieved 11 July 2010. 
  9. ^ "2002 WNBA All-Star Game Recap". WNBA.COM. 25 July 2009. Retrieved 11 July 2010. 
  10. ^ "Teasley Keeps MVP Trophy in the Sparks Family". WNBA.COM. 25 July 2009. Retrieved 11 July 2010. 
  11. ^ "West wins highest-scoring All-Star Game by largest margin". WNBA.COM. Retrieved 11 July 2010. 
  12. ^ "Douglas Shines Bright as East Notch First Victory". WNBA.COM. 25 July 2009. Retrieved 11 July 2010. 
  13. ^ "CFord Leads East Past West in All-Star Thriller". WNBA.COM. 25 July 2009. Retrieved 11 July 2010. 
  14. ^ "Cash sets scoring record in All-Star game as West prevails". WNBA.COM. 25 July 2009. Retrieved 11 July 2010. 
  15. ^ "Katie Douglas hits key 3-pointer to lift WNBA East All-Stars". ESPN. 24 July 2011. Retrieved 24 July 2011.