Fowles Dunks in WNBA All-Star Game
UNCASVILLE, Conn. -- Former LSU center and current Chicago Sky star Sylvia Fowles scored 17 points capped by a crowd-pleasing dunk (Video) with 15 seconds left -- to lead the Eastern Conference, which was defeated by the Western Conference, 130-118, in the 2009 WNBA All-Star Game on Saturday afternoon at Mohegan Sun Arena.
Fowles, making her WNBA All-Star debut, was one of five Eastern Conference players in double-figures with her team-high 17-point performance. She finished 8-of-12 from the floor with five rebounds in nearly 18 minutes of action.
Fowles earned the start at center, becoming the first former LSU Lady Tigers player to start in a WNBA All-Star Game. It also represented the sixth appearance by a Lady Tiger in the contest.
Marie Ferdinand-Harris leads all former LSU players in appearances with three (2002, 2003, 2005). Seimone Augustus has played in two all-star games 2006 and 2007 and would have played in Saturday’s game had she not been sidelined from a season-ending knee injury she suffered earlier this season.
“This was certainly one of the greatest thrills of Sylvia’s life playing on this stage,” LSU head coach Van Chancellor said. “If Seimone doesn’t get hurt, LSU without question has two former players starting in this game. She will back, though, again next year. Both Sylvia and Seimone are great representatives of LSU. It’s an unbelievable thing when you think about the impact LSU has had on the WNBA.”
Fowles scored 11 of her 17 points in the second half, including the third slam dunk in all-star game history in the final minute. The Western Conference cleared the lane for Fowles, who followed through on her promise to the fans that she would dunk.
“Sue (Bird) looked at me with these big eyes like, Are you ready to do it? Are you ready to do it?’ and I’m like, Yeah, yeah, yeah!,” Fowles said. “I was excited about it that I had a chance to do it in front of the fans and let them see that I can actually dunk.”
Swin Cash scored an All-Star record 22 points on 10-of-16 shooting to earn Most Valuable Player honors for the victorious Western Conference. The game marked the highest scoring All-Star Game ever.
Chancellor reflected on the WNBA All-Star experience eight years after he coached the Western Conference to a third straight victory in 2001. Chancellor’s four wins are the most of any coach in WNBA All-Star Game history.
“My first all-star Game was in Madison Square Garden. “What a magical moment. At that time, they had every celebrity in New York City at that game. We won the game and that was an amazing experience. In all of my experiences of those games, I never had a negative one. Everyone played so unselfishly and that’s what great about it.”