It came down to the wire in Las Vegas at the 2019 WNBA All-Star game as Team Wilson defeated Team Delle Donne on Saturday afternoon, 129-126.
Team Wilson, whose captain is Las Vegas Aces star A’ja Wilson, held on late to knock off Team Delle Donne, whose captain is Washington Mystics star Elena Delle Donne.
Team Wilson won and she didn’t even see the floor.
The Aces forward suffered a sprained ankle earlier this month. She was replaced in the starting lineup by Chicago Sky guard Allie Quigley.
Indiana Fever guard Erica Wheeler finished with a game-high 25 points and seven assists, shooting 9-of-17 from the field. Wheeler went undrafted and in her first All-Star game, she took home the MVP honors.
Wheeler hit six three-pointers in the first half coming up just one short of matching the WNBA All-Star game record.
NBA STARS IN ATTENDANCE
NBA players were scattered all around courtside on Saturday to take in the game with the best women basketball players in the world.
Trail Blazers forward Rodney Hood, along with former Los Angeles Lakers Kobe Bryant and Derek Fisher were just a few of the NBA stars watching from the stands.
Kobe discussed in a sideline interview with ESPN/ABC reporter Holly Rowe about his longtime special relationship with Seattle Storm All-Star guard Jewell Lloyd.
“I’ve watched her grow… She’s like a little sister to me,” Kobe said.
Loyd, who sat out for three and a half weeks due to an ankle sprain, returned last week just in time to make her first All-Star Game start.
Loyd finished with six points and three assists in the losing effort on Saturday.
As for Storm forward Natasha Howard, she was one of six newcomers making her All-Star Game debut.
This season injury has plagued WNBA stars all across the league, including 11-time All-Star and the Seattle Storm’s own Sue Bird (knee).
Howard scored 14 points on 6-of-10 shooting. She also pulled down six rebounds and had one steal in the win.
The Storm forward has been putting up MVP like numbers this season with 18.1 points, rebounds, 8.3rebounds, and 2.0 blocks per game.
Phoenix Mercury center Brittney Griner broke a record and showed off her dunking skills on Saturday.
After handling the point guard duties in the first quarter, Griner took the ball up the court easily took it to the hoop and completed it for the one-handed slam. Griner didn’t wast anytime throwing down her second dunk about a minute later.
Dunk number three came later in the first half where Griner went with the two-handed slam.
Throwing down three dunks in an WNBA All-Star game was a first for any player.
Griner finished with 16 points and nine rebounds.
Also a new record: Team Wilson took a 77-63 lead at halftime, and set a new record for points in a half.