UNCASVILLE, Conn. -- The West overcame a slow start on Saturday to sink the East, 117-112, reclaiming the WNBA All-Star title beyond a record-breaking 30-point performance and a personal 8-0 late-game run by Minnesota Lynx star and former University of Connecticut stand-out Maya Moore. Moore, who was named the game's Most Valuable Player, joined Lisa Leslie as one of the only two players to have captured regular-season, WNBA Finals and All-Star MVP honors; Leslie remains the only player in league history to have accomplished the feat in a single season (2001).
During the Los Angeles Sparks' game against defending champion Phoenix Mercury earlier this week, the Staples Center emcee started belting out a familar refrain fairly early in the action.
"JAN-tel LAV-ender!" he boomed, as the fifth-year forward put up another two points. She would lead the Sparks to victory with 19 points and 11 rebounds - her ninth double-double of the season, which ties her for first in the WNBA.
The Minnesota Lynx have a level of depth that is nearly unmatched in the league, but Wednesday afternoon's 78-77 overtime loss to the Connecticut Sun at Target Center illuminated a lack of experience outside of the usual starters.