The WNBA All-Star Game did not disappoint.
Team WNBA went off and showcased just how bad they wanted it, beating Team USA 93-85.
Arike Ogunbowale had nerves of steel in her first All-Star Game, showing up and showing out for 26 points to earn MVP.
.@Arike_O with the 4-POINT PLAY 🥶 pic.twitter.com/rj4fB7YdgR— WNBA (@WNBA) July 15, 2021
.@Arike_O with the 4-POINT PLAY 🥶 pic.twitter.com/rj4fB7YdgR
Team USA’s Brittney Griner was in prime form tonight as well, finishing with 17 points, three rebounds and two assists.
Nice dish @S10Bird ⏩ @brittneygriner for the easy bucket 💯📺 @espn pic.twitter.com/s0RRx4xZPE— WNBA (@WNBA) July 14, 2021
Nice dish @S10Bird ⏩ @brittneygriner for the easy bucket 💯📺 @espn pic.twitter.com/s0RRx4xZPE
Jonquel Jones hit a clutch three in the fourth quarter to tie the game. Jones also had a night, securing the double-double with 18 points, 14 rebounds and four assists. From there, Team WNBA would take a 75-71 lead and never look back.
But Team USA didn’t go quietly. Ariel Atkins hit a clutch three to cut the lead to five before Ogunbowale once again sank a three-pointer to extend Team WNBA’s lead.
ARIK33333 WAS MADE FOR THIS pic.twitter.com/OmJNC9Vgi9— Dallas Wings (@DallasWings) July 15, 2021
ARIK33333 WAS MADE FOR THIS pic.twitter.com/OmJNC9Vgi9
The highly-anticipated matchup between Team USA and Team WNBA delivered. At halftime, Tina Charles called it “one of the better All-Star Games I’ve been a part of.” Afterwards, Commissioner Cathy Engelbert said she’d never seen so much defense played in an All-Star game.
Team USA will finish off the weekend playing against Australia on Friday at 2:30 p.m. before taking on Nigeria Sunday at 5:30pm. All times ET, with both games being televised on NBCSN.