2022 WNBA All-Star Game: Team Wilson defeats Team Stewart; Kelsey Plum Wins All-Star MVP Title


CHICAGO– The WNBA All-Star Game took place in Chicago for the very first time on Sunday, and the action did not disappoint. In a high-scoring affair, Team Wilson beat Team Stewart, 134-112. Kelsey Plum of the Las Vegas Aces was named All-Star Game MVP after scoring 30 points, which tied the All-Star Game record previously set by Maya Moore in 2015.

Plum did not hesitate to bring his intentions into the game, said to LaChina Robinson on Saturday night, “Hell yeah I’m going for MVP.” She indeed came out shooting and ended up taking a team-high 18 shots. However, none of her teammates had a chance to complain, as she knocked down 12 to set a new All-Star record for goals scored. His big game was a bit of redemption after struggling in the 3-point contest on Saturday.

“Yeah, something like that, I used to validate how good I was as a player and that’s one of the reasons I struggled in the past,” Plum said. . “As you have ups and downs based on other people’s opinions and accomplishments or benchmarks, and so I think when I stopped identifying with that, I was able to be free.”

“Like today was great, don’t get me wrong, MVP is great, shooting is good, winning is good but at the end of the day I don’t feel better about a person or more of a person’s worth than when I entered the gym than when I left it, so that’s what I’m most proud of.

Sunday’s action began with Team Wilson running a set play to get Minnesota Lynx legend Sylvia Fowles a 3-pointer. She retires at the end of the season and participates in her last All-Star Game. Fowles has only attempted one 3-pointer in her historic 15-season career, but she’s been clean on this one.

After Fowles was fired, the first quarter turned into a Jonquel Jones show. The Connecticut Sun star made the first 4-point shot of the day and scored 14 points to help Team Stewart take an early lead. Last season’s MVP, she was apparently trying to add another MVP to her trophy.

But in the second quarter, Fowles and Co. took control. The Wilson team won the second quarter, 36-11, to create a double-digit lead. The turnaround was highlighted by Fowles’ fastbreak dunk. After stealing the ball from Jackie Young, she went coast to coast and delivered a slam that put both teams and all the fans on their feet.

“I think I just heard the momentum from the crowd,” Fowles said. “I probably heard a few benches and saw a few faces from the other team and I was like, go ahead. It was just in the moment. I didn’t really think about it.”

“I can’t even remember who I was standing next to, but it was like, they were like, uh-oh, she was gonna do it, and I was like, no, we’re old — and just when I was about to finish ‘old’, she threw it away,” Candace Parker said.

Coming out of the half-time break, both teams changed shirts to honor Phoenix Mercury star Brittney Griner, who is still being held indefinitely in Russia for drug trafficking. Griner was named an honorary All-Star this year, and both teams wore jerseys with her name and the number 42 on the back.

“As we say, we are honestly the most unified league in the world and wearing the shirts was a statement to show we are BG,” said A’ja Wilson. “Yes we have the shirts and the pins but BG is one of us. She is our sister and at the end of the day we are going to do everything we can to amplify the platform that we have to make sure everyone is doing what they need to do to make sure she gets home safely.”

When play resumed, Team Stewart attempted to mount a comeback. In the fourth quarter, they had briefly reduced the deficit to single digits thanks in large part to Jewell Loyd, who caught fire from 3-point field. Jones also continued to play well and finished with 29 points and 13 rebounds. However, their performance was ultimately not enough.

Every time Team Stewart tried to make a run, Team Wilson responded. Sabrina Ionescu hit four 3-pointers in the fourth quarter and Candace Parker conceded a 4-pointer to effectively close the show.


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