2021 WNBA All-Star Game
1234 Total
Team USA 28152319 85
Team WNBA All-Stars 25192227 93
DateJuly 14, 2021
ArenaMichelob Ultra Arena
CityLas Vegas, Nevada
MVPArike Ogunbowale (Dallas Wings)[1]
Attendance5,175
NetworkUnited States: ESPN
Canada: TSN3/5/SN
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The 2021 WNBA All-Star Game was an exhibition basketball game played on July 14, 2021. The Las Vegas Aces hosted the WNBA All-Star Game for the second time.[2][3] This game was the first since 2000 to be held in the same year as the Summer Olympic Games, as the WNBA did not hold All-Star Games in four previous Summer Olympic years.[3]

Rosters

Selection

On June 16, the WNBA announced that 2021 would have a similar roster selection process to the 2018 and 2019 All-Star games. Fans, WNBA players, head coaches, sports writers, and broadcasters would all be able to vote for All Stars. All groups could fill out a ballot of four guards and six front court players. Players and coaches could not vote for members of their own team. Voting began on June 15 at 2 p.m. EDT and ended on June 27 at 11:59 p.m. EDT. There were two days where fans could have their votes count twice, June 20 and June 27.[2]

The voting was weighted as follows:

Voting group Vote weight
Fans 50%
WNBA players 25%
Sports media 25%

Players were not allowed to vote for their own teammates. The top 36 vote-getters would be selected as All-Stars. There will be a minimum of 9 backcourt players and 15 frontcourt players selected. Of these 36, WNBA Head Coaches will select 12 players to make up Team WNBA All-Stars. These twelve players will compete against members of the US Olympic Team. The WNBA All-Star roster was announced on June 30, 2021.[2][4]

All-Star Pool

The players for the All-Star Game were selected by the voting process described above. Rosters were released on June 30, 2021.[5]

All-Star Selections per team

Number of All-Star players per team
Team Number of players
Atlanta Dream 1
Chicago Sky 3
Connecticut Sun 3
Indiana Fever 0
New York Liberty 1
Washington Mystics 2
Dallas Wings 2
Las Vegas Aces 4
Los Angeles Sparks 0
Minnesota Lynx 2
Phoenix Mercury 3
Seattle Storm 3

Final rosters

Starters will be announced by the respective head coaches of the USA Basketball Women's National Team and Team WNBA.[2][6]

Game

July 14, 2021
7:00 p.m. ET
Team USA 85, Team WNBA All-Star 93
Scoring by quarter: 28–25, 15–19, 23–22, 19–27
Pts: Brittney Griner 17
Rebs: Sylvia Fowles 7
Asts: Sue Bird 8
Pts: Arike Ogunbowale 26
Rebs: Jonquel Jones 14
Asts: Courtney Vandersloot 7
Michelob Ultra Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada
Attendance: 5,175
Referees: Kurt Walker, Jeffrey Smith, Angelica Suffern

Three-Point Contest

On July 9, 2021, it was announced that a Three-Point Contest will be held during half time of the All-Star game. It was also announced that the Skills Challenge held in 2019 would not be held this year.[7]

Rules

The Three-Point Shootout is a two-round, timed competition in which five shooting locations are positioned around the three-point arc. Four racks contain four WNBA balls (each worth one point) and one “money” ball (worth two points). The fifth station is a special “all money ball” rack, which each participant can place at any of the five locations. Every ball on this rack is worth two points. Two balls were placed on pedestals between racks 2 and 3 and racks 3 and 4. Each of these balls is worth three points. The players have one minute and ten seconds to shoot as many of the 27 balls as they can. The two competitors with the highest scores in the first round advance to the championship round.[7]

Results

Position Player From 2021 Season 3-point statistics 1st Round[8] 2nd Round[8]
Made Attempted Percent
G Allie Quigley Chicago 24 59 40.7% 28 28
F Jonquel Jones Connecticut 31 71 43.7% 27 24
G Sami Whitcomb New York 56 128 43.8% 26
G Jewell Loyd Seattle 40 107 37.4% 18

References

  1. ^ "Arike Ogunbowale Wins All-Star MVP With 26 Points In Team WNBA Win (July 14, 2021)". wnba.com. WNBA. July 14, 2021. Retrieved July 15, 2021.
  2. ^ a b c d Official Release (June 14, 2021). "AT&T WNBA All-Star 2021 Returns to Las Vegas July 14". WNBA.com. WNBA. Retrieved June 16, 2021.
  3. ^ a b Salvador, Joseph (June 14, 2021). "WNBA All-Star Game Will Return July 14 With New Spin Including Team USA Basketball". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved June 16, 2021.
  4. ^ Maloney, Jack (June 15, 2021). "WNBA All-Star 2021: League sets date for game, which will feature unique Team USA vs. Team WNBA format". CBS Sports. Retrieved June 16, 2021.
  5. ^ "Rosters Set for AT&T WNBA All-Star 2021 on July 14". wnba.com. WNBA. June 30, 2020. Retrieved July 1, 2021.
  6. ^ Voepel, Mechelle (June 14, 2021). "WNBA All-Star Game set for July 14 in Las Vegas with new format pitting Team USA against Team WNBA". ESPN. Retrieved June 16, 2021.
  7. ^ a b "WNBA Mtn Dew 3-PT Contest Contestants Announced". wnba.com. WNBA. July 9, 2021. Retrieved July 12, 2021.
  8. ^ a b "Sky's Allie Quigley Wins Third MTN DEW 3-Point Contest". wnba.com. WNBA. July 14, 2021. Retrieved July 15, 2021.