“I was young when the WNBA started, at the end of my high school career,” Bird said. “I watched them on TV and watched them in the Olympics. To be in the same group as those players is such an honor.”
Tulsa’s Liz Cambage, a late All-Star addition in place of Parker, scored 13 points for the West. Taurasi also had 13 points and Phoenix’s Penny Taylor added 11.
New York’s Essence Carson scored 13 points off the bench for the East and Connecticut’s Renee Montgomery added 12. Catchings, playing in her seventh All-Star game, finished with 11 points.
Douglas‘ 3 summed up how the East won the game. The East shot 47 percent from behind the arc while hitting 16 3s, more than twice as many as the West. Douglas, Carson and Montgomery each hit three 3s.
It was the East’s first victory since 2007, when it won 103-99.
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