Jewell Loyd put on a show on Saturday in front of a sold-out WNBA All-Star Game crowd.
Among those in attendance were Dwyane Wade, Anthony Davis, Sue Bird and Sheryl Swoopes, who all looked on as Loyd put up an All-Star Game record 31 points. That number broke Maya Moore’s and reigning MVP Kelsey Plum’s record of 30 points, set in 2015 and 2022, respectively. Loyd earned MVP honors for the feat, which featured a larger trophy than last year.
Welp. The WNBA came through. The All-Star MVP trophy is HUGE this year. pic.twitter.com/j3vIoetvA8— Lyndsey D'Arcangelo 🏀 (@darcangel21) July 16, 2023
Welp. The WNBA came through. The All-Star MVP trophy is HUGE this year. pic.twitter.com/j3vIoetvA8
Plum, who had 30 points again this year and won the trophy last year, applauded the increase in size.
“They upgraded,” Plum said. “Whoever was in charge [of the trophy] either got fired or was very scared of getting fired. But listen, the whole incident with the trophy caused a stir, so I didn’t mind it.
“It’s cool. I’m super happy for Jewell, and I thought they did a great job this year.”
Loyd also set a record for 3-pointers, knocking down 10. Afterward, she dedicated the performance to her parents for their wedding anniversary and Kobe Bryant.
“It’s special because the last time I saw Kobe (Bryant) was here,” said Loyd, who also goes by the nickname the Gold Mamba. “He’s constantly with me and I try to live by his words of, ‘Be epic, create forever.”