Thursday, August 1, 2013
Behind The Scoreboard
All-stars in spotlight
The women of the WNBA had its day in the sun last Saturday, the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn., that is.
Both CNN and Channel 24 gave the all-star game a hot brand of hype. All of the participants were selected, as usual, by the fans, coaches and sports writers (However, and also as usual, they didn’t ask yours truly. But I am not mad at them!). The all-star game started in 1999 and has been staged to the present 2013 game, skipping the years when an Olympics was held.
The head coach of the West team was Cheryl Reeve and the mentor of the East was the leader of the defending champs Indiana Fever, Lin Dunn. The West coach had the honor of coaching Tina Thompson, who has risen to legendary heights in the WNBA, beginning with her being the number one player in the inaugural draft way back when and making her ninth all-star appearance (a record). This will be her final one since she has announced her retirement at the end of the season. Thompson got the call when Brittney Griner was placed on the inactive reserve roster.
And this would be a good time to mention that the fans would not be treated to seeing the Chicago Sky’s Elena Belle Donne and Griner of the Phoenix Mercury contest each other. Most fans may not know this but Belle Donne, at 6’5”, is also a dunker. There have been seven dunks in the WNBA, starting with Candace Parker doing it first in 2008. Griner has been the only player to record a pair in a single game.
As reported in an earlier column, the WNBA has been plagued with injuries this season. Belle Donne and Griner had both been selected but did not play because of injuries – Donne with a concussion (did not make trip) and Griner (hurt knee) on the bench. These players, although rookies, had been touted to join Candace Parker and Diana Taurasi as MVP contenders this season.
In this edition of the all-star game, sponsored by Boost Mobile, the West got off to a fast start, scoring the first points and claiming a 29-27 lead at the end of the first 10-minute quarter. The East didn’t waste a lot of time in grabbing a 35-31 margin earlier in the second. The East had a 49-43 difference at halftime.
The game was interspersed with live interviews which included the president of the WNBA, Laurel Richie, who said the league is making a comeback in popularity and attendance rose 2.3 percent this year, thus far. Another innovation was a head cam on the noggin of the head official.
The East had a pretty good lead of 81-74 at the end of the third but then the seams came unglued as the West resurged to win its eighth all-star game at 102-98.
Candace Parker was selected as game MVP in her first actual appearance. She had been selected before but couldn’t play because of injury. She also set a new scoring record with 23 points, along with 11 rebounds.
The team rosters had a good number of “first timers” and the usual number of “old timers.”
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