MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (KMSP) - The WNBA All-Star Game came to Target Center Saturday afternoon as a celebration of some of the best athletes in the world.
One of those athletes is Minnesota Lynx star Maya Moore, who became the second player to ever win three All-Star Game MVPs with her 18 point, 8 rebound and six assist effort Saturday.
Moore’s team, Team Parker, bested Team Delle Donne 119-112.
Moore and Lynx teammates Rebekkah Brunson, Sylvia Fowles and Seimone Augustus all played Saturday, but not all for the same team.
Moore joked after the game that Fowles, who played for Team Delle Donne, was participating in some friendly trash talking during the game.
Fowles, Moore and company will be back in action all in the same uniform Thursday in Los Angeles as they take on the Sparks.
League president speaks
Before Moore dazzled the Target Center crowd on the court Saturday, WNBA President Lisa Borders spoke with reporters about the health of the league.
She mentioned that TV ratings were up 35 percent and merchandise sales were up 50 percent.
While the league appears to be trending in the right direction, Borders still says there is plenty of room for growth, especially when it comes to paying the players a larger salary.
In society, women deserve more, period, full stop. Sports is not the only place where things aren’t as equal as we would like for them to be or as comparable as we would like for them to be so we want to take a leadership role here. We challenge ourselves and we challenge society to support this league and support these women. Top-line revenue and top-line growth is part of the answer to the entire question.
Borders went on to compliment the city of Minneapolis for playing host to this year’s All-Star Game. The league also announced next year’s game will take place in Las Vegas, Nevada.