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Saturday, July 22, 2017

WNBA All-Star Game a UConn showcase

A record seven UConn graduates took part in today's WNBA All-Star Game although not all seven were on the court at the same time.

Maya Moore led the way with 23 points to earn MVP honors and Sue Bird, playing in front of the home fans in Seattle, set a record with 11 assists as the West won 130-121.

"It was fun," Moore said. "I thought it was a great pace. You never want anybody to get hurt, but you also want to play with a certain intensity and show off your athleticism, so I thought we did that."

Here's the breakdown on how the former Huskies fare

Sue Bird 8 points, 5 rebounds, 11 assists, 1 steal
Tina Charles 8 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists
Stefanie Dolson 5 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 blocked shot
Tiffany Hayes 12 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal
Maya Moore 23 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal, 1 blocked shot
Breanna Stewart 9 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists
Diana Taurasi 12 points, 2 rebounds, 5 assists, 1 blocked shot

"Well, Coach Auriemma texted us this morning, the seven of us in a group, just saying
congrats, have fun, that type of thing," Stewart said. "It is a big deal for seven of us to be here and it's over a long period of time, whether it's Sue's 15th,16th season or my second season in the league. It just goes to show that at UConn obviously we want to have long careers. We love to play basketball, and we want to do it as long as we can, and we want to do it at the highest level for as long as we can."
The seven players and five starters from one school are both WNBA All-Star Game records. However, a couple of UConn-related WNBA All-Star Game records still stand.

The 77 combined points by the former Huskies is one shy of the record total for most points coming from one college in the event's history. Yes, that was set by UConn  in 2009 when Swin Cash had 22 points, Taurasi had 18, Bird and Charde Houston added 16 points each and Asjha Jones had six points. Also, in 2011 a record five UConn players (Cash, Charles, Renee Motngomery, Moore, Taurasi) scored in double figures. I thought that record was going to at least tied today.

Speaking of Connecticut, Jonquel Jones of the Connecticut Sun had 24 points, 9 rebounds and 1 steals. She not only had three 3-pointers but also had a dunk late in the game.

A total of 12 players scored in double figures
West: Moore 23, Nneka Ogwumike 22, Candace Parker 13, Rebekah Brunson 12, Taurasi 12, Chelsea Gray 11
East: Jones 24, Layshia Clarendon 14, Candice Dupree 14, Allie Quigley (also the winner of the 3-point contest) 14, Hayes 12, Sugar Rodgers 10

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