WNBA All-Star Game

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Women's National Basketball Association All-Star Game
FrequencyAnnual
Inaugurated1999
Previous event 2018 (Minnesota)
Next event 2019 (Las Vegas)
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 Women's National Basketball Association All-Star Game.png
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.

The Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) is a professional basketball league in the United States. It is currently composed of twelve teams. The league was founded on April 24, 1996, as the women's counterpart to the National Basketball Association (NBA), and league play started in 1997. The regular season is played from May to September with the All Star game being played midway through the season in July and the WNBA Finals at the end of September until the beginning of October.

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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.

Basketball at the 2004 Summer Olympics

Basketball at the 2004 Summer Olympics took place at the Helliniko Olympic Indoor Arena, a part of the Hellinikon Olympic Complex, in Athens, for the preliminary rounds, with the later stages being held in the Olympic Indoor Hall at the Athens Olympic Sports Complex.

Athens Capital and largest city of Greece

Athens is the capital and largest city of Greece. Athens dominates the Attica region and is one of the world's oldest cities, with its recorded history spanning over 3,400 years and its earliest human presence starting somewhere between the 11th and 7th millennium BC.

United States womens national basketball team national sports team

The USA Basketball Women's National Team, commonly known as the United States Women's National Basketball Team, is governed by USA Basketball and competes in FIBA Americas. The team is by far the most dominant in international women's basketball, winning eight out of ten Olympic tournaments it had entered. It also won seven of the last ten World Cups, and nine titles overall. The team is currently ranked first in the FIBA World Rankings.

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

2008 Summer Olympics Games of the XXIX Olympiad, held in Beijing in 2008

The 2008 Summer Olympic Games, officially known as the Games of the XXIX Olympiad and commonly known as Beijing 2008, was an international multi-sport event that was held from 8 to 24 August 2008 in Beijing, China.

Beijing Municipality in Peoples Republic of China

Beijing, formerly romanized as Peking, is the capital of the People's Republic of China, the world's third most populous city proper, and most populous capital city. The city, located in northern China, is governed as a municipality under the direct administration of central government with 16 urban, suburban, and rural districts. Beijing Municipality is surrounded by Hebei Province with the exception of neighboring Tianjin Municipality to the southeast; together the three divisions form the Jingjinji metropolitan region and the national capital region of 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.

Mohegan Sun Arena

The Mohegan Sun Arena is a 10,000 seat multi-purpose arena in Uncasville, Connecticut located inside Mohegan Sun. The arena facility features 30,000 square feet (2,800 m2) of configurable exhibition space and a 400-foot (120 m) clear span. It was built by the Perini Building Company, and opened in October 2001.

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

2012 Summer Olympics Games of the XXX Olympiad, held in London in 2012

The 2012 Summer Olympics, formally the Games of the XXX Olympiad and commonly known as London 2012, was an international multi-sport event that was held from 27 July to 12 August 2012 in London, United Kingdom. The first event, the group stage in women's football, began on 25 July at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, followed by the opening ceremonies on 27 July. 10,768 athletes from 204 National Olympic Committees (NOCs) participated.

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

There'll be no game in 2020 due to the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan; it resumes in 2021.

The Western Conference leads the overall series 10-4.

All-Star Game results

YearResultHost arenaHost city Game MVP
1999 West79, East 61 [4] [5] Madison Square Garden New York, New York Lisa Leslie, Los Angeles Sparks
2000 West73, East 61 [6] [7] America West Arena Phoenix, Arizona Tina Thompson, Houston Comets
2001 West80, East 72 [8] TD Waterhouse Centre Orlando, Florida Lisa Leslie (2), Los Angeles Sparks (2)
2002 West81, East 76 [9] MCI Center Washington, D.C. Lisa Leslie (3), Los Angeles Sparks (3)
2003 West84, 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 West122, East 99 [11] Mohegan Sun Arena Uncasville, Connecticut Sheryl Swoopes, Houston Comets (2)
2006 East98, West 82 [12] Madison Square Garden (3)New York, New York (3) Katie Douglas, Connecticut Sun
2007 East103, West 99 [13] Verizon Center Washington, D.C. (2) Cheryl Ford, Detroit Shock
2008No game held due to the 2008 Summer Olympics
2009 West130, East 118 [14] Mohegan Sun Arena (2)Uncasville, Connecticut (2) Swin Cash, Seattle Storm
2010 Stars at the Sun
2011 East118, West 113 [15] AT&T Center San Antonio, Texas Swin Cash (2), Seattle Storm (2)
2012No game held due to the 2012 Summer Olympics
2013 West102, East 98Mohegan Sun Arena (3)Uncasville, Connecticut (3) Candace Parker, Los Angeles Sparks (5)
2014 East125, West 124 (OT) US Airways Center (2)Phoenix, Arizona (2) Shoni Schimmel, Atlanta Dream
2015 West117, East 112Mohegan Sun Arena (4)Uncasville, Connecticut (4) Maya Moore, Minnesota Lynx
2016No game held due to the 2016 Summer Olympics
2017 West130, East 121 KeyArena Seattle, Washington Maya Moore (2), Minnesota Lynx (2)
2018 Team Parker119, Team Delle Donne 112 Target Center Minneapolis, Minnesota Maya Moore (3), Minnesota Lynx (3)
2019 TBA vs. TBA Mandalay Bay Events Center Las Vegas, Nevada TBD
2020No game will be held due to the 2020 Summer Olympics

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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