UNCASVILLE, Conn. -- Former Lady Vols Glory Johnson and Candace Parker dunked in warm-ups before Saturday’s WNBA All-Star Game, much to the excitement of a sold-out crowd at Mohegan Sun Arena.
It turns out the Parker show was just getting started, as the Los Angeles Sparks standout scored a game-record 23 points en route to MVP honors at the 11th Boost Mobile WNBA All-Star Game. Her effort enabled the West to snare a come-from-behind 102-98 victory over the East.
Her MVP award came in her first-ever appearance in the contest after missing last year’s event due to injury and the 2009 game while working her way back after the birth of her daughter.
"I didn't know what to expect," Parker said. "I hadn't been to one, and this was really special. Being with all these great players and sharing stories, that's why I'll remember from this All-Star game more than what happened on the court."
Parker's handiwork for the day was 23 points and 11 rebounds. She finished 10 of 13 shooting from the field.
In her typical homespun form, East coach Lin Dunn said the reason the West won was simple.
"They had Candace and we didn't," said the Indiana Fever skipper.
Dunn’s top player at Indiana, Tamika Catchings started for the Eastern Conference All-Stars. She hit three of seven field goal attempts to finish with six points in 13 minutes of duty. The Lady Vol Hall of Famer also contributed five rebounds and an assist during her eighth WNBA All-Star Game appearance.
A second-year pro with the Tulsa Shock, Johnson was on the winning team with Parker. In her first time at the game, Johnson tallied three rebounds and two points in nine minutes.