WNBA All-Star Game

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Women's National Basketball Association All-Star Game
Frequency Annual
Inaugurated 1999
Previous event 2017 (Seattle)
Next event 2018 (Minnesota)
Participants Eastern Conference and Western Conference All-Stars
Organized by Women's National Basketball Association
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 western and Eastern Conference of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA). Since 2004, the game is not held in years when the Summer Olympics take place.

Structure

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

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.

No game was played in 2016 due to the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The Western Conference leads the overall series 10-4.

All-Star Game results

Year Result Host arena Host city Game MVP
1999 West 79, East 61[4][5] Madison Square Garden New York, New York Lisa Leslie, Los Angeles Sparks
2000 West 73, East 61[6][7] America West Arena Phoenix, Arizona Tina Thompson, Houston Comets
2001 West 80, East 72[8] TD Waterhouse Centre Orlando, Florida Lisa Leslie (2), Los Angeles Sparks (2)
2002 West 81, East 76[9] MCI Center Washington, D.C. Lisa Leslie (3), Los Angeles Sparks (3)
2003 West 84, East 75[10] Madison Square Garden (2) New York, New York (2) Nikki Teasley, Los Angeles Sparks (4)
2004 The Game at Radio City
2005 West 122, East 99[11] Mohegan Sun Arena Uncasville, Connecticut Sheryl Swoopes, Houston Comets (2)
2006 East 98, West 82[12] Madison Square Garden (3) New York, New York (3) Katie Douglas, Connecticut Sun
2007 East 103, West 99[13] Verizon Center Washington, D.C. (2) Cheryl Ford, Detroit Shock
2008 No game held due to the 2008 Summer Olympics
2009 West 130, East 118[14] Mohegan Sun Arena (2) Uncasville, Connecticut (2) Swin Cash, Seattle Storm
2010 Stars at the Sun
2011 East 118, West 113[15] AT&T Center San Antonio, Texas Swin Cash (2), Seattle Storm (2)
2012 No game held due to the 2012 Summer Olympics
2013 West 102, East 98 Mohegan Sun Arena (3) Uncasville, Connecticut (3) Candace Parker, Los Angeles Sparks (5)
2014 East 125, West 124 (OT) US Airways Center (2) Phoenix, Arizona (2) Shoni Schimmel, Atlanta Dream
2015 West 117, East 112 Mohegan Sun Arena (4) Uncasville, Connecticut (4) Maya Moore, Minnesota Lynx
2016 No game held due to the 2016 Summer Olympics
2017 West 130, East 121 KeyArena Seattle, Washington Maya Moore (2), Minnesota Lynx (2)
2018 TBD Target Center Minneapolis, Minnesota TBD

See also

Notes

  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. 
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