A terrific crowd of nearly 16,000 filled up Target Center this afternoon for the WNBA All-Star game. It turned out to be a fun game, with Captain Candace Parker’s team outlasting Elena Delle Donne’s squad by a final score of 119-112.
Maya Moore had the biggest performance among Lynx players, piling up an 18-8-6 line on the way to her third consecutive All-Star MVP award. Getting it in front of her home crowd certainly made this one especially sweet.
MVP! MVP! MVP! MVP! MVP! MVP! MVP! MVP! MVP! pic.twitter.com/Ze9MQgzz6k— Minnesota Lynx (@minnesotalynx) July 28, 2018
As is often the case in All-Star games, this was a game for the perimeter players, as Seimone Augustus poured in 14 on 6-8 shooting for Team Delle Donne off the bench, while Sylvia Fowles and Rebekkah Brunson were both quiet.
It was also a big afternoon for the Sky’s Allie Quigley. She not only scored 18 off the bench for Team Parker to match Moore for team high honors, but at halftime she put on an absolute clinic in the Three-Point shooting contest, scoring 29 points in the final round to secure the victory.
You should watch it. Really amazing.
It was a terrific showcase for the WNBA as a whole and the Twin Cities in particular as a place where women’s basketball is thriving and popular.
All of that said, I can’t wait for the season to resume Thursday night. The Lynx’ first three out of the break are at the Sparks, at the Storm, and home for the Dream. Just a huge stretch as they fight for playoff position in a crowded league table.