Three Storm players were in the showcase: Jewell Loyd scored 12 points, Breanna Stewart had 10 and Sue Bird contributed eight assists.
MINNEAPOLIS – Minnesota Lynx standout Maya Moore said she is routinely asked if she has room for all of the awards she has won in her basketball career. She’ll have to make space for yet another trophy after her performance Saturday.
Moore won her third consecutive WNBA All-Star Game MVP award, as she led Team Parker past Team Delle Donne 119-112.
“Thank you for your concern for my storage space,” Moore deadpanned when she was asked the question again after she scored 18 points, grabbed eight rebounds and dished out six assists to win MVP honors on her home court.
“It’s crazy, it really is, to just be fortunate enough to continue to be in positions to win, to be playing well, to be healthy,” said Moore, who joined Lisa Leslie as the only three-time MVPs of the game.
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Moore also became the all-time scoring leader in All-Star Game history, passing Tamika Catchings’ mark of 108 points.
Eschewing the traditional East-versus-West format for the first time, the league let captains Elena Delle Donne of the Washington Mystics and Candace Parker of the Los Angeles Sparks choose up sides from a pool of the top players in All-Star voting. That allowed for the rosters to be heavily dominated (16 of the 22 players) by the Western Conference, home of six of the top seven teams in the league standings.
“You’re not going to make a bad pick,” Parker said of the process. “Everybody who’s out here is here for a reason.”
The league-leading Storm had three players in the game — guards Jewell Loyd and Sue Bird and forward Breanna Stewart.
Loyd scored 12 points on 5-for-9 shooting for Team Parker.
Stewart, the league’s scoring leader this season, and Bird started for Team Delle Donne. Stewart had 10 points on 5-for-8 shooting and five rebounds. Bird had five points, eight assists and four turnovers.
In addition to Moore’s solid play for Team Parker, Allie Quigley of the Chicago Sky scored 18 points and Skylar Diggins-Smith of the Dallas Wings added 17 points, eight rebounds, and eight assists. Quigley was busy at halftime, too, as she won her second consecutive Three-Point Contest. “How did we follow the Three-Point contest?” asked Parker, who called it her personal highlight of the day. “We had some of the best shooters in the world competing.”
Team Delle Donne’s Kristi Toliver of the Mystics led all scorers with 23 points, including 7-for-11 accuracy on three-pointers.
Rookie center A’ja Wilson of the Las Vegas Aces added 18 points.
Dallas star Liz Cambage capped off the game with a dunk, becoming the sixth different player to throw one down in the All-Star Game.
“I was going to pull up and take a three, but Candace said I should dunk it so I did,” said the 6-foot-8 Cambage.