Schimmel’s 29 leads East over West 125-124 in OT
PHOENIX (AP) — Shoni Schimmel scored a record 29 points and had eight assists as the Eastern Conference pulled out a 125-124 victory over the West in the first WNBA All-Star Game to go into overtime on Saturday.
Tamika Catchings, an All-Star for a record-tying ninth time, made a layup with six 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. She lost the ball on the baseline in the final seconds.
Showtime Shoni lived up to her nickname. The Atlanta rookie was named the game’s most valuable player.
Schimmel, who grew up on a reservation in the tiny northeast Oregon town of Mission and has a vast Native American following, broke the All-Star Game record of 23 points set last year by Candace Parker.