Monday, July 27, 2009

All Stars All Entertaining

OMG….. and no, I am not practicing my texting or posting to twitter or whatever, I am flabbergasted about the WNBA’s All Star game. Man, if they played ‘em like that every night, they would fill the arenas. A record high scoring game, a dunk, old teammates hooking up, Diana Taurasi’s high socks….

It helped they played the game in the women’s basketball capital of the world, Sun Arena, in Connecticut, the heart of Uconn. Speaking of which, five former Uconn players were at the game and four played a significant part. Even UConn head coach Geno Auriemma was there.

The West’s coach put Charde Houston, Sue Bird, Swin Cash and Diana Taurasi in the line up at the same time. They were running Uconn plays! Taurasi got 18 points, Charde, in her first All Star game got 16, and Sue Bird set a record of 10 assists, beating the old record of 9 by Taurasi. She also finished with 16. Swin Cash scored 22 and got the MVP. Poor Asjha Jones. She missed the fun, playing for the East and only got 6 points, without the great supporting cast.

Last minute replacement (and former Stanford gal, at least there was one of us) almost got the high score. She was the first to get to 21 points, breaking the old record of 20, but Swin got a basket in the closing minutes to get to 22, and the MVP honors. The West would go on to win 130-118, also a record.

Sylvia Fowles was the dunkee, although she messed up the first time. The East was kind enough to give her another chance. It looked good, too.

With the All Star weekend out of the way, the teams are back to the grindstone. Candace Parker is just starting to get in playing shape down in LA. Candice Wiggins’ team, the Minnesota Lynx, has dropped to third after the great start they had. Taurasi is all business after serving her two game suspension for a DUI. Indiana is rallying behind their second year coach leads the East.

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