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Logo for the inaugural WNBA All-Star Game, held in 1999

The Women's National Basketball Association All-Star Game, commonly referred to as the WNBA All-Star Game is an annual exhibition basketball game played in the United States between the best players of the Eastern and Western Conference of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA).

Structure

Each conference is represented by a team of 12 players who are currently having the best seasons performance-wise around the league. The starters are determined by fans voting through both paper and internet ballots. The rest of the players are selected by league personnel including head coaches as well as media personalities. At the end of the game, an all-star game Most Valuable Player (MVP) is named, as decided by a panel of media members.

The 2005 WNBA All-Star Game was played on July 9 at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. The game was the highest scoring All-Star Game of all time, with the two teams combining to score a total of 221 points. Late in the game, when victory by the West was assured of, the game became a virtual slam dunk contest. After a failed attempt by Deanna Nolan, Lisa Leslie made the first slam dunk in WNBA All-Star Game history. Sheryl Swoopes was named Most Valuable Player of the game for the first time in her career, one season after contemplating retirement. She shared the award with her son Jordan.

The 2006 WNBA All-Star Game was played on July 12 at the New York Liberty's home court, Madison Square Garden. The Eastern Conference team won the game for the first time, 98-82.

History

In 2004, the game was not played in its usual format due to the WNBA players competing in the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece. That year, the U.S. Senior National Women's Basketball team defeated a team of WNBA All-Stars 74-58 at Radio City Music Hall.

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