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Charles, Ogwumike reflect on 2018 WNBA All-Star Game
MINNEAPOLIS–Team Parker was victorious in the 2018 WNBA All-Star Game behind an 18-point performance by All-Star MVP Maya Moore. Allie Quigley also scored 18 points for Team Parker in addition to winning the 3-point shooting contest at halftime. Quigley defended her 2017 title by tallying 29 points in a sudden death overtime round against Kayla McBride of Team Delle Donne.
For Tina Charles and Chiney Ogwumike, representing the New York Liberty and Connecticut Sun, it was both thrilling and unsurprising.
Charles on Quigley, Moore
“Quigs, I mean, that’s what she does,” Tina Charles told HIgh Post Post hoops before running off the catch a flight back to New York. The showdown between Quigley and McBride was certainly a high light of Saturday afternoon.
Charles also spoke of fellow UConn alumna and All-Star MVP Maya Moore, “That’s Maya Moore for you. I don’t expect anything less from her (laughs).” Charles contributed seven points and five assists in the 119-112 Team Parker win.
Ogwumike, master of all trades
Two-time All-Star Chiney Ogwumike–like most times throughout this season–transitioned from a six-point, eight rebound court performance straight into her role with ESPN.
It was more of the same when we caught up with her towards the end of postgame media availability. “I’m really proud to represent my team because me being here represents that our team is full of All-Stars,” the Sun forward said while grabbing a plate of snacks and hugging Lailaa, daughter of All-Star captain Candace Parker.
When asked about her dual role, she admitted to being nervous.
“I knew I was on T.V, but I don’t know if my teammates knew we were on T.V. So, I was trying to filter,” she said.
Some of her coverage took fans into the minds of WNBA greats as they watched their peers compete in the three-point contest.
“Women, we are multitaskers we know how to do it all”, said Ogwumike, now seated at her locker, munching on snacks and preparing to pack up. “To try to push boundaries, change barriers; that’s what I’m about.”
Ogwumike and the Connecticut Sun (14-12) return to action Wednesday, August 1 as they host Charles and the New York Liberty (7-18). The teams have each won a buzzer-beater in the two previous matchups.