WNBA All-Star Game 2015: Complete Recap and Highlights

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured ColumnistJuly 25, 2015

UNCASVILLE, CT - JULY 25: Maya Moore #23 of the Western Conference All-Stars shoots against Angel McCoughtry #35 of the Eastern Conference All-Stars during the Boost Mobile WNBA All-Star 2015 Game at the Mohegan Sun Arena on July 25, 2015 in Uncasville, Connecticut. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2015 NBAE (Photo by Brian Babineau/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Minnesota Lynx guard Maya Moore scored a WNBA All-Star Game-record 30 pointsincluding 10 straight late in the fourth quarter—to carry the Western Conference to a 117-112 victory over the Eastern Conference at the 2015 WNBA All-Star Game.    

After being named the 2014 WNBA MVP, Moore took home 2015 All-Star Game MVP honors. She added six rebounds and five assists to her final line while knocking down 10-of-16 shots, including 6-of-10 from three. 


Your #WNBAAllStar MVP, @MooreMaya! http://t.co/rK2D4subus

ESPN Stats & Info passed along Moore's impressive shot chart: 

ESPN Stats & Info @ESPNStatsInfo

MVP Maya Moore set an All-Star Game record with 30 points http://t.co/I6XhGss3lQ

2014 No. 1 overall pick and Connecticut Sun standout Chiney Ogwumike tweeted out her reaction to Moore's finishing flourish: 

Chiney Ogwumike @Chiney321

Did I say @MooreMaya was clutch or nahhhhh? 😂😜

Phoenix Mercury center Brittney Griner helped lead the way for the Western Conference, totaling 21 points, nine rebounds and three blocks while shooting 10-of-15 from the field. 

Griner's two-handed slam in the third quarter stood out as her flashiest play of the afternoon, via the WNBA on Instagram:  

Kayla McBride and Nneka Ogwumike were the other two Western Conference players to finish in double figures, dropping 18 and 10 points, respectively. 

As a team, the West shot 50.5 percent from the field and 35.9 percent from three, while the East hit 46.2 percent of its overall looks and converted on 31 percent of its attempts from distance.  

After missing her first two All-Star Games due to injury, Chicago Sky forward Elena Delle Donne finally took the floor for her first-ever All-Star appearance. In 17 minutes, the former Delaware Blue Hen scored 16 points and grabbed eight boards.  

Indiana Fever forward and 2011 WNBA MVP Tamika Catchings finished with eight points, 10 rebounds and six assists in her 10th All-Star appearance, which is now a WNBA record. 

According to USA Today's Howard Megdal and the WNBA on Twitter, Catchings hit two more milestones during a first half that saw her tally four points, three assists and two rebounds: 

Howard Megdal @howardmegdal

Via @WNBA: @Catchin24 now the all-time leader in #WNBAAllStar baskets with 40, passing Lisa Leslie. She's had a decent career, eh?


With that put back Tamika Catchings has become the all-time leading scorer in #WNBAAllStar history with 104 points!

However, this year's festivities were bittersweet for Catchings, who's set to retire at the end of the season. 

"It's definitely sentimental," Catchings said, according to ESPN.com's Mechelle Voepel. "This is my last All-Star. My playing career will be over next year, but hopefully the legacy I leave behind will keep going."

Shoni Schimmel—who previously set the All-Star Game record with 29 points during the 2014 showdown—totaled 13 points and six assists in the loss, including this show-stopping feed in the third quarter: 


.@schimmel23 with the SLICK dime on ABC! #WNBAAllStar http://t.co/8A69uVAQVj

Moore, though, came out firing in the early going by draining a couple of threes, as the WNBA noted on Twitter: 


.@mooremaya drills her 2nd three-pointer of the #WNBAAllStar Game on ABC! http://t.co/eCOlR9sYVg

But Moore wasn't the only Western Conference gunner who tried to light it up from three. As Megdal observed, Griner attempted to make her case as a stretch 5, even if her first couple of attempts from deep didn't fall: 

Howard Megdal @howardmegdal

Great to see that @brittneygriner three-point attempt early. Hope she takes another. She can make them!

Griner wound up shooting 1-of-5 from deep despite never attempting a single three in regular-season action prior to Saturday's exhibition. 

The East used an 11-2 run to close out the first quarter, and it led by 10 after the first 10 minutes thanks to the combined efforts of Delle Donne and Schimmel.

The Atlanta Dream guard looked especially sharp en route to scoring nine points during her first seven minutes on the floor, according to NBA TV's LaChina Robinson: 

LaChina Robinson @LaChinaRobinson

Shoni looks great, she has been working really hard to get in shape and its paying off ..watch out for Atlanta in the 2nd half. #JustSayin

Seattle Storm point guard and WNBA assist leader Sue Bird—making her ninth career All-Star appearance—got in on the action with a fancy feed to start the second quarter: 


.@S10Bird shows off her court vision on ABC! #WNBAAllStar http://t.co/OVL7ahDqzd

The West proceeded to outscore the East 34-25 in the second quarter, as McBride caught fire and dropped 13 points on 5-of-9 shooting (3-of-5 from three) during her first 10 minutes of action.

Ultimately, the first half was merely an appetizer for an entertaining and competitive second stanza that allowed the game's biggest names to shine as the West compiled a 59-53 advantage over the final 20 minutes.

And if the WNBA's last two All-Star Games have been any indication, the midsummer showcase is in good hands moving forward.   


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