With Brittney Griner still facing troubles overseas, Sue Bird and Sylvia Fowles enjoying their last All-Star games, and Chicago hosting the first official WNBA All-Star game this year, this All-Star weekend was one to remember.
The weekend got off to a hot start as players showed their exquisite fashion tastes on the Orange Carpet on Friday. Probably the best look on the carpet went to Arella Guirantes, who wore a jaw-dropping hooded shawl.
Others that showed out were Dallas Wings’ Arike Ogunbowale and Isabelle Harrison. Ogunbowale dazzled in her green silk outfit and a necklace with her brand logo as the charm.
Harrison rocked a remarkable Jordan x Kim Shui collaboration that nearly blew everyone else off the carpet. The look featured a necklace with the Jumpman logo and was accessorized with black shades and hoop earrings.
Saturday was more exciting as players prepared for the Mountain Dew three-point shootout and skills challenge. In preparation, players enjoyed a memorable practice with their respective All-Star teams and coaches. It was probably the most memorable moment of both practices; Chicago Sky Head Coach James Wade voiced to his team, Team Stewart, how much of an honor it is to have the All-Star game in Chicago.
Practices led to the main event, the skills challenge, and the three-point shootout. Sabina Ionescu vectored the competition in the skills challenge. Hometown hero Allie Quigley finished with 26 points in the final round and stole the trophy in the three-point shootout. Quigley is now the only four-time three-point contest champion in WNBA history.
Now the main event: Wintrust Arena hosted the All-Star game in front of a sold-out crowd, and it was electric!
Team Wilson beat Team Stewart in a high-scoring affair, 134-112. Kelsey Plum of the Las Vegas Aces was named All-Star Game MVP after scoring 30 points, which tied the All-Star Game record.
The best highlight went to the eight-time All-Star Fowles. After stealing the ball from the Las Vegas Aces’ Jackie Young, she went coast-to-coast, throwing down a slam that brought everyone to their feet.
While this may be another chapter in the book, it may be one of the most memorable chapters that many fans will remember. While Griner’s current struggles were upsetting for everyone, the WNBA pulled through and delivered an electric weekend for summertime Chi.
By Jeremiah Griffith, Junior, Noble Academy
Photos by Christopher Lockridge