PHOENIX (AP) — Showtime Shoni lived up to her nickname in her first WNBA All-Star Game. And a wild game it was.
Schimmel scored an All-Star record 29 points and had eight assists as the East pulled out a 125-124 victory Saturday over the West in the first WNBA All-Star Game to go into overtime. The Atlanta rookie was named the game's MVP.
Tamika Catchings, an All-Star for a record-tying ninth time, made a layup with 6.9 seconds to go to give the East the lead and then knocked the ball away from Skylar Diggins on the defensive end to seal the victory. Diggins finished with 27 points and seven assists, leading a furious West rally to force overtime.
"They call her Showtime Schimmel," Catchings said. "She came out and put on a great show."
Brittney Griner, of the host Mercury, scored 17 points, including a first-half dunk, for the West.