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Hoops Happening: The 2018 WNBA All-Star Weekend kicks off today!

Team Parker takes on Team Delle Donne on Saturday, live on ABC. Here’s a preview of what’s in store. This is today in women’s basketball for Friday July 27, 2018!

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Rebekkah Brunson, the leading rebounder in WNBA history, is an All-Star for the sixth time in her illustrious professional basketball career.
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The brightest stars in professional basketball converge on Minneapolis for one of the most exciting events in all of sport: the All-Star Game. But it’s not just any All-Star Game, in just any year. It’s the 2018 WNBA All-Star Game in a season where the first-place Seattle Storm and eighth-place Connecticut Sun are separated by a measly five games, and solid, championship-capable teams occupy spots two through seven.

These are the festivities you can look forward to beginning Friday night:

All-Star practice

Catch your first glimpse of the teams.

When: Friday July 27 from 2-4 p.m. ET

How to watch: Live streaming

All-Star Friday Night special

All-Star captains Candace Parker and Elena Delle Donne will discuss their starting lineups.

When: Friday July 27 at 9 p.m. ET

How to watch: ESPN2 (nationally)

2018 WNBA All-Star Game

Team Parker tips off against Team Delle Donne at Target Center in Minneapolis.

When: Saturday July 28 at 3:30 p.m. ET

How to watch: Live on ABC (nationally)

Three-point contest

Allie Quigley of the Chicago Sky defends her title against some of the sharpest shooters in the game.

When: During halftime at the 2018 WNBA All-Star Game

How to watch: Live on ABC (nationally)

Wall-to-wall coverage from Swish Appeal

Stay in the All-Star conversation as we bring you:

  • Team previews
  • Three-point contest coverage
  • All-Star Game preview
  • Coverage of select All-Star players
  • Swish Appeal contest (!!!)
  • All-Star Game recap

All-Star news

The Ogwumike sisters will have to wait another year for a chance to compete together in a WNBA All-Star Game. Nneka, of the LA Sparks, will miss the game due to illness. In her place, WNBA President Lisa Border selected a worthy candidate to fill her shoes: 15-year veteran and five-time WNBA All-Star Rebekkah Brunson. Brunson joins teammates Maya Moore, Sylvia Fowles and Seimone Augustus as All-Stars representing the hometown Minnesota Lynx.

Updated All-Star rosters

WNBA.com
WNBA.com

Three-point contest contenders

Reigning three-point champ Allie Quigley faces off against fellow All-Stars Jewell Loyd (Storm), Kayla McBride (Aces) and Kristi Toliver (Mystics). Plus, Kelsey Mitchell (Fever) and Renee Montgomery (Dream) round out the battle field.

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Scorching the status quo

This 2018 WNBA season, thanks to competitive play and depth of competition, has made it impossible for people to resist watching. Joining the diehards is a new legion of fans filling up — and even selling out — arenas. Now, there are more numbers to prove it. According to the league, viewership is up 38% on ESPN over this time last year and this is the most-watched season in the last six years. Thus, here is all the more reason ESPN should commit to airing more WNBA games and fewer cornhole competitions.


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