With the first half of the 2017 WNBA season complete, it’s time for the Western Conference to meet the Eastern Conference in a showdown of some of the world’s best ballers. Welcome to the Verizon WNBA All-Star Game.
Seattle who is set to host the league’s best at KeyArena today, will bring together players like Sue Bird, Diana Taurasi, Tina Charles, and a few first timers in a showcase game between the Western Conference All-Stars and the Eastern Conference All-Stars. This years WNBA All-Star also marks the return of the WNBA Three-Point Contest. Set to take place during halftime of the Verizon WNBA All-Star Game, the long range shooting contest will be the league’s first at WNBA All-Star in 8 years. This years sharpshooters include Sue Bird, Maya Moore, Sugar Rodgers, Jasmine Thomas, and Allie Quigley; all who are ranked in the league’s top eight in three-pointers made, and three-pointers made per game this season through July 17. In partnership with the Women’s National Basketball Players Association (WNBPA), the WNBA has added a new element to the shooting contest to recognize players’ efforts off the court as leaders in the community. For the first time, $10,000 will be donated to a charity of the winner’s choice in support of her work in the community.
Tip-off of WNBA All-Star 2017, will begin at 3:30 p.m. ET, as five former league MVPs, nine former No.1 overall picks, scoring champions, Finals MVPs, and new-comers take to the court to put on a show. In WNBA All-Star 2015, the West came out on top with Maya Moore as the game’s MVP. Overall, the West holds a 9-4 lead over the East in the all-time series. With star studded rosters for both Conferences, this season is bound to give players and fans alike, a fun, exciting All-Star experience. A total of 10 players – eight representing the East and two for the West – (three starters and seven reserves) will be making their All-Star debut in this afternoons match-up.
Check out the Rosters for the Verizon WNBA All-Star Game, and tune in on ABC.