West All-Stars 82


East All-Stars 98


    Coverage: ESPN/WatchESPN

    7:30 PM ET, July 12, 2006

    Madison Square Garden, New York, NY

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    WEST 28 12 16 2682
    EAST 27 22 30 1998

    West seeks to continue domination of WNBA All-Star Game

    West All-Stars at East All-Stars 7:30 pm EDT

    NEW YORK (Ticker) -- Not only has the Western Conference dominated the WNBA All-Star Game, it hasn't even been close.

    The Western Conference looks to beat the Eastern Conference for the seventh time in as many meetings Wednesday when the teams hook up at Madison Square Garden.

    With the WNBA heading into its 10th season, the East still is looking for its first victory in this event. The West has won each of the previous six matchups by an average of 12.5 points, including a 122-99 rout in last year's contest.

    Sheryl Swoopes of the Houston Comets took home MVP honors, scoring 15 points to finish as one of seven players on the West in double figures. Katie Smith contributed 16 points and Chamique Holdsclaw and Sue Bird added 14 apiece for the West, which made 12-of-24 3-pointers en route to setting an All-Star Game scoring record.

    Deanna Nolan scored 20 points to lead five Eastern Conference players in double figures. Tamika Catchings of the Indiana Fever and Becky Hammon of the New York Liberty - both of whom will miss this year's game with injuries - added 18 points apiece for the East, which shot only 40 percent and committed 17 turnovers.

    However, the highlight of the contest was a one-handed dunk by Los Angeles Sparks superstar Lisa Leslie, who became the first player to slam in the All-Star Game. A three-time MVP of the event, Leslie has averaged 15.5 points and 6.8 rebounds while playing in all seven previous contests.

    Leslie, who likely would start in the Eastern Conference, finds herself as a reserve on the loaded Western squad. The starting lineup is comprised of guards Dawn Staley of Houston and Bird of the Seattle Storm, forwards Lauren Jackson of the Storm and Swoopes, and center Yolanda Griffith of the Sacramento Monarchs.

    The East actually has three starters who will miss the game with injuries. In addition to Catchings and Hammon, Nykesha Sales of the Connecticut Sun also will sit this one out. The replacements will be guard Alana Beard of the Washington Mystics and forwards Katie Douglas of the Sun and Cheryl Ford of the Detroit Shock, who will join guard Lindsay Whalen and center Margo Dydek of the Sun in the starting lineup.

    This is the third time the All-Star Game will be played in New York. The West posted a 79-61 victory in the inaugural matchup in 1999 and recorded an 84-75 triumph here in 2003.