MINNEAPOLIS – Minnesota Lynx star Maya Moore won her third All-Star MVP award to lead Team Parker on Saturday in Team Delle Donne 119-112 in the WNBA All-Star Game. Moore scored 18 points Eight rebounds, and handed out six assists to win the MVP prize at their home court. She joined Lisa Leslie as the game's only three-time MVP and became number one in All-Star history, overtaking Tamika Catchings with 108 points
Chicago Sky's Allie Quigley also scored 18 points and Skylar Diggins-Smith added Team Parker added 17 points, eight rebounds and eight assists.
Kristi Tolliver of the Delle Donnes of the Washington Mystics led all scorers with 23 points, including 7-for-11
Liz Cambage capped the game with a Dunk, making it the sixth other player in the All-Star Game.
For the first time leaving the traditional East vs. West format, the captains Elena Delle Donne of the Mystics and Candace Parker of the Los Angeles Sparks left top sides of a pool of top-ranked players in space -Star-voting. This allowed the rosters (16 of the 22 players) to be heavily dominated by the Western Conference, home to six of the top seven teams in the league.
Four Minnesota Lynx hometown players were selected for the game, two on each list, creating a festive atmosphere with the crowd cheering loudly on both sides during the game. Moore and Rebekkah Brunson (four points, five rebounds) played for the winners, while Seimone Augustus (14 points) and Sylvia Fowles (two points, six rebounds) played for Team Delle Donne
PASSING THE TORCH
The second The quarter began with the league's career leaders in scoring (Diana Taurasi), rebound (Brunson) and assists (Sue Bird) on the ground. But youth was served with Wilson scoring eight straight points for team Della Donne. Wilson, the No. 1 in South Carolina, was the only newcomer who was selected for the game and scored 12 points in the second quarter to lead all scorers at halftime.
VIVA LAS VEGAS
WNBA President Lisa Borders announced that the 2019 All-Star Game in Las Vegas, home of the aces, has moved away from San Antonio since last season. The aces, represented by Wilson and guard Kayla McBride, scored the All-Star break only 1 1/2 games from their last playoff spot.
DEFENSE OF THE CROWN
Quigley beat a field of six contestants to win their second WNBA 3-point competition. After she and McBride were tied at 18 in the direct end round, Quigley caught fire in a redo, scoring 29 out of a possible 34 points.