All-Star Phoenix a Huge Success

By Ben York,
Posted: July 19, 2014

In front of nearly 15,000 fans at US Airways Center, the WNBA All-Stars put on a show.

Indeed, many fans posting on social media (#WNBAAllStar was a trending topic in the U.S.) have already asserted that Saturday's 125-124 overtime win for the East the best WNBA All-Star Game of all-time.

"The atmosphere was incredible," Candice Dupree said with a smile. "It was so much fun to play in, and I'm glad the fans were able to see what became a really good, competitive game in the last couple of quarters."

Shoni Schimmel (named the All-Star Game MVP) poured in an All-Star game record 29 points as the East rallied past the West in the first WNBA All-Star Game to have the winner decided in overtime.

Tamika Catchings hit a layup with just under seven seconds left in overtime to give the East the lead. Skylar Diggins (27 points, seven assists) wasn't able to convert on the other end as time expired.

In regards to your three hometown Mercury All-Stars, Brittney Griner scored 17 points (including a dunk in the first half), Candice Dupree added 12 points and eight rebounds, and Diana Taurasi finished with four points, four rebounds and two assists in 16 minutes.

But for Griner, Dupree and Taurasi, it was more about thanking the longtime fans of the Mercury and WNBA for their unwavering support.

"I mean, the fans, the X-Factor have been unbelievable," Diana Taurasi said after the game. "We wanted to put on a good show both Friday and Saturday. I think we did that.

"It's always fun to play with these amazing people, but to see fans come in from all over the country, the world - that's special."

Ultimately, that's the goal of the WNBA All-Star Game each year - to connect, engage and thank fans. Judging by the response both at US Airways Center and watching on ESPN, that's exactly what happened.

"I definitely wanted to win," Brittney Griner said. "But I think everybody in the stands wanted to have a good time and that's what it's all about."



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