Despite being on opposing sides, Indiana Fever starters Aliyah Boston and Kelsey Mitchell represented the Fever, their fans and Indiana basketball all-around during the 2023 WNBA All-Star Game in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Boston, the rookie center for the Indiana Fever, had six points, 11 rebounds and two assists. She also blocked two shots and had a steal. The Rookie of the Year hopeful also scored the first points of the night with an uncontested layup.
She now shares second place in franchise history for most rebounds in an All-Star Game with Natalie Williams’ 11 rebounds in 2003 and Tamika Catchings’ 11 rebounds in 2007. In addition, Boston also dished out two assists and recorded one steal.
During a press conference, the Indiana Fever All-Star rookie spoke about the importance of improving the WNBA All-Star Game and the league as a whole.
“I think everything is kind of a steppingstone into helping (the league) grow,” Boston said.
University of South Carolina Coach and WNBA legend Dawn Staley offered high praises for her former player.
“I am not surprised by (Boston) being voted to be an All-star Starter,” Staley said.
Mitchell, the sixth-year guard for the Fever, added two points, three rebounds and two assists. She was also one of the game’s most engaged players, frequently running the floor and creating opportunities for her All-Star teammates.
Team Stewart was led by New York Liberty guard Breanna Stewart, who scored nine points, nine assists and six rebounds. Seattle Storm guard Jewell Loyd added 31 points, setting a new All-Star Game record for most points.
Loyd was also named the 2023 WNBA All-Star MVP for her record-breaking performance.
Undoubtedly, the feel-good story is the return of Phoenix Mercury center Brittney Griner. After being detained for nearly ten months in Russia, the eight-time All-Star was emotional throughout the game.
In an interview with radio sportscaster Ryan Ruocco, Griner shared her feelings regarding her return to the court.
“I am just glad to be back doing what I love,” Griner said.
Team Wilson was captained by Las Vegas Aces forward A’ja Wilson, who scored 20 points and snagged 11 rebounds. Kelsey Plum dropped 30 points, and Rhyne Howard had 16.
The game was a high-octane affair, with both teams breaking the WNBA All-Star Game record for points scored. Team Stewart set the record with 143 points, while Team Wilson concluded with 127.
Overall, the 2023 WNBA All-Star Game was a superior showcase, and it was clear that the future of the league is in good hands. With players like Boston, Mitchell, Loyd and Howard leading the way, the WNBA is poised for continued growth for many years to come.
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