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2022 WNBA All Star Game An awesome Sunday afternoon in Chicago as the 2022 WNBA All-Star Game gets under way. Team Wilson faces Team Stewart in a shoot out in today’s match up. Team Stewart is lead by Chicago Skys Head Coach James Wade; their starting line up is Jackie Young, Jonquel Jones, Nneka Ognumike, Breanna Stewart, and playing her last WNBA All-Star Game, Sue Bird. For Team Wilson we have Las Vegas Aces Head Coach Becky Hammon, starting line-up is Kelsey Plum, Sabrina Ionescu, A’Ja Wilson, Candace Parker, and Sylvia Fowles who is playing her final 2022 WNBA All-Star Game as well. Features going into this afternoon’s game is that there is an actual 4 point line for players to take advantage of. The shot clock is at 20 seconds instead of 24. There are no free throws in the game accept towards the end of the quarter at 2:00 minutes. As the tip-off gets underway, Sylvia Fowles shows off her range and hits a three at the jump. Jonquel Jones knocks down the first 4 point shot of the game. The score 12-10 with team Stewart on top with under 6 minutes in the quarter. Jonquel Jones again is on fire, already with 13 points for team Stewart. Both teams make a transition to bring in their bench players and sit some of their starters down. This actually brought out the intensity level of the game up. Team Stewart is maintaining the lead to the end of the 1st with 28-23. At the beginning, going into the 2nd, Rhyne Howard, who is making history by becoming the first rookie to play in an All-Star Game, also second consecutive month being rookie of the month, scores back to back baskets and gives team Wilson their first lead 29-28.
Arike Ogunbowale is at 6 points as she tries to bring team Stewart back. The 2022 WNBA All-Star Game. This is an awesome time seeing these teams shoot out on the court. It’s an exciting time in women’s sports. This game is coming along fantastic as team Stewart is gaining ground. Chicago fans are definitely in representation for Candace Parker. They are looking forward to her having a great game as well. Sylvia Fowles shakes the building with a monster dunk in the 2nd with 3:30 in the quarter. The crowd was on their feet for a long time in shock of the performance! Fowles is definitely making her mark with this being her last WNBA All-Star game. Meanwhile team Wilson is on fire at a 17 point lead 53-39 with under a minute before halftime. Sentimental moment before the start of the 3rd quarter, when the entire team came out in stance with Britney Griner’s number on all of their jerseys. Also, Griner’s wife Sherelle was in attendance. A moment for Britney Griner as they all make their plea for her return home. Team Wilson’s Kelsey Plum has her eye on the MVP prize as she has 22 points thus far in the game. Team Stewart’s Jonquel Jones has scored 5 straight points and is currently at 19 points. Team Wilson capitalizes on their lead this quarter 85-66 with 2:27 left in the quarter. At the start of the 4th, Team Stewart’s Jewell Loyd finding her groove and came with the score to open. Every time team Stewart tries to bring the score to a single digit game. Team Wilson answers back on the other end. Jewell Loyd comes out with a big quarter trying to give team Stewart some head way. The starters are back on the floor for both teams. Sabrina Ionescu with 16 points and keeps adding to team Wilson’s lead. (109-92) 5:30 left to play. Kelsey Plum ties the All-Star record with 30 points and hits the 4 pointer with 15 ticks left. Team Wilson is at 132-112. The final score is 134.112. The WNBA All-Star MVP is no surprise, Kelsey Plum.