7/14/21 LAS VEGAS, - The Dallas Wings' Arike Ogunbowale, playing in her first WNBA Star Game, stole the hearts of millions, crowned the MVP after scoring 26-points to lead Team WNBA past the USA Women's National Basketball Team 93-85 at the Michelob Ultra Arena.
Jonquel Jones was second in scoring for Team WNBA with 18-points, Courtney Williams 15-points, First-Time All-Star Kahleah Copper 9-points, and First-Time All-Star Brionna Jones 8-points.
The USA Women's National Team was led in scoring by Brittney Griner 17-points, Breanna Stewart 15-points, Sylvia Fowles 12-points, and A'ja Wilson 8-points.
This All-Star Game had a different feel to it, with some of the players from Team WNBA might have had a chip on their shoulders for not being selected to play for the USA Women's National Team had something to prove, mainly Ogunbowale, who averaged 20.1 ppg her first three years.
"It was really competitive," said 12-time All-Star Sue Bird. "Definitely not a typical All-Star game. Usually, I talk to players about trying to put on a good show and having a good time, and hopefully, the fans enjoy it. This, right from the tip, felt different. It had an intensity about it, you could tell."
Team USA led 11-4 in the first quarter after a three-point shot by Breanna Stewart. Arike Ogunbowale's three-pointer had Team WNBA trailing 11-7. Team WNBA was down 15-9 after a floater by Ogunbowale.
Jonquel Jones's three-point shot had Team WNBA trailing Team USA by one point, 15-14, with 5:07 left in the quarter. Brittney Griner made a layup that made the score 17-14.
Jones made another three-point shot to tie the game 17-17. Skylar Diggins-Smith's three-pointer had Team USA leading 28-25 at the end of the first quarter.
Dewanna Bonner had Team WNBA down 35-31 in the second quarter after making a layup. Team WNBA got their first lead of the game 37-36 after a three-pointer by Ogunbowale with 5:49 left in the first half.
Team USA regained the lead 41-40 with a layup by Griner. Team WNBA retook the lead and led at halftime 44-43 when Courtney Williams made a three-point shot.
"I think that it shows that out of 144 players, everybody's good," Ogunbowale said. "We wanted to get Team USA ready for Tokyo. They are representing all of us."
Team USA led in the third quarter 48-46 after A'ja Wilson made a jump shot. That lead only lasted for a second for Team USA as Candace Parker came down the court and made a three-point shot that made the score 49-48.
Team WNBA led by five points 53-48 after Parker made a layup with 6:11 left in the quarter. Stewart tied the game 53-53 after making a running layup.
Ogunbowale's three-pointer had Team WNBA up 56-53. Jones made a reverse layup to give Team WNBA a three-point lead 58-55. First-time All-Star Ariel Atkins from the Washington Mystics tied the game 58-58 with her three-point shot.
First-time All-Star Betnijah Laney from the New York Liberty pull-up jump shot gave the lead back to Team WNBA 60-58. Sylvia Fowles had a put-back layup that gave Team USA a 62-60 lead with 1:53 left in the third quarter.
Williams would make a jump shot to give Team WNBA a three-point lead 64-61. Fowles made a hook shot that tied the game 64-64 with 31.5 seconds left in the game.
Jones gave Team WNBA a 66-64 lead, but Chelsea Gray's finger-roll layup tied the game, 66-66, to end the quarter.
Tina Charles made two free throws giving Team USA a 68-66 lead in the fourth quarter. Jones would tie the game 71-71 after making a three-point shot. Williams floater put Team WNBA ahead 73-71 with 7:06 left in the game.
Team WNBA led by five points 78-73 after Ogunbowale made another three-point shot with 5:37 left in the game. Atkins' three-pointer had Team USA trailing 83-78.
Ogunbowale would drop another three-pointer on Team USA as the fans were going crazy as Team WNBA led 86-78 with 3:42 left in the game. Sue Bird's jump shot made the score 86-80.
Team WNBA led by nine points, 89-80, their biggest point total of the game after Jones' three-point shot. Stewart's three-pointer made the score 89-83. Ogunbowale's jump shot had Team WNBA leading 91-83 with 1:57 left in the game.
Wilson made a cutting layup making the score 91-85. Williams' jump shot would be the final score of the game, a 93-85 victory over Team USA. For more photos from this game, click on the link below. #wnba2021allstargame #teamwnba #teamusa #arikeogunbowale #candaceparker #breannastewart #brittneygriner #dallaswings #arikeogunbowalemvp #tgsportstv1