2022 WNBA All-Star Game: How to watch, team rosters, top storylines in Chicago

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The 2022 WNBA All-Star Game is set for this Sunday, July 10, at Wintrust Arena in Chicago, home of the defending WNBA champion Chicago Sky.

It marks the first time that Chicago will host the WNBA All-Star festivities, which includes a 3-point contest and skills challenge on Saturday and concludes Sunday with the 18th WNBA All-Star Game featuring a matchup between Team Wilson, captained by the Las Vegas Aces’ A’ja Wilson, and Team Stewart, led by Breanna Stewart of the Seattle Storm. Making their last turn as All-Stars are Sylvia Fowles and Sue Bird, both of whom announced they’ll retire at the end of this season and are serving as co-captains in Chicago.


How to watch the 2022 WNBA All-Star Game and 3-Point Contest

The 2022 WNBA All-Star Game will air on ABC at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday, July 10, from Wintrust Arena in Chicago. The WNBA 3-Point Contest and Skills Challenge will air on ESPN at 3 p.m. ET on Saturday, July 9.


Rosters for the 2022 WNBA All-Star Game

The league returned to the captain’s picks format for the 2022 edition of the WNBA All-Star Game, with Las Vegas Aces’ A’ja Wilson and the Seattle Storm’s Breanna Stewart serving as captains after receiving the most fan votes. Eight-time All-Star and Sky center Sylvia Fowles and 13-time All-Star and Storm guard Sue Bird were picked by the league as co-captains, to honor the retiring legends. After a trade during the All-Star Draft, Fowles was paired with Wilson, while Bird was paired with Stewart.

Wilson had the first overall pick and chose hometown heroine and six-time All-Star Candace Parker, while Stewart selected Aces’ guard and first-time All-Star Jackie Young with her first choice. Team Wilson will be coached by Becky Hammon and the Aces staff, while Team Stewart will be led James Wade and the Sky staff.

Team A’ja Wilson (head coach Becky Hammon)

STARTERS

Player Team Position Height Birthdate College/Country WNBA years experience All-Star Games All-Star Pick No. (*denotes trade)
Sabrina Ionescu New York Liberty Guard 5-11 12/6/97 Oregon 2 1 6*
Sylvia Fowles Minnesota Lynx Frontcourt 6-6 10/6/85 LSU 14 8 co-captain*
Candace Parker Chicago Sky Frontcourt 6-4 4/19/86 Tennessee 14 7 1
Kelsey Plum Las Vegas Aces Guard 5-8 8/24/94 Washington 4 1 3
A’ja Wilson Las Vegas Aces Frontcourt 6-4 8/8/96 South Carolina 4 4 captain

RESERVES

Ariel Atkins Washington Mystics Guard 5-8 7/30/96 Texas 4 2 14
Dearica Hamby Las Vegas Aces Frontcourt 6-3 11/6/93 Wake Forest 7 2 10
Natasha Howard New York Liberty Frontcourt 6-2 9/2/91 Florida State 8 2 18
Rhyne Howard Atlanta Dream Guard 6-2 4/29/00 Kentucky rookie 1 8
Brionna Jones Connecticut Sun Frontcourt 6-3 12/18/95 Maryland 5 2 16
Courtney Vandersloot Chicago Sky Guard 5-8 2/8/89 Gonzaga 11 4 12

Team Stewart (head coach James Wade)

STARTERS

Player Team Position Height Birthdate College/Country WNBA years experience All-Star Games All-Star Pick No. (*denotes trade)
Sue Bird Seattle Storm Guard 5-9 10/16/80 Connecticut 18 13 co-captain*
Jonquel Jones Connecticut Sun Frontcourt 6-6 1/5/94 George Washington 5 4 4
Nneka Ogwumike Los Angeles Sparks Frontcourt 6-2 7/2/90 Stanford 10 7 5*
Breanna Stewart Seattle Storm Frontcourt 6-4 8/27/94 Connecticut 5 4 captain
Jackie Young Las Vegas Aces Guard 6-0 9/16/97 Notre Dame 3 1 2

RESERVES

Kahleah Copper Chicago Sky Guard 6-1 8/28/94 Rutgers 6 2 9
Skylar Diggins-Smith Phoenix Mercury Guard 5-9 8/2/90 Notre Dame 8 6 11
Jewell Loyd Seattle Storm Guard 5-10 10/5/93 Notre Dame 7 4 7
Emma Meesseman Chicago Sky Frontcourt 6-4 5/13/93 Belgium 7 2 17
Arike Ogunbowale Dallas Wings Guard 5-8 3/2/97 Notre Dame 3 2 15
Alyssa Thomas Connecticut Sun Frontcourt 6-2 4/12/92 Maryland 8 3 13

2022 WNBA All-Star Game storylines to follow:

Griner named honorary 2022 All-Star

In addition to the players selected to participate in the game, the league named Phoenix Mercury star Brittney Griner an honorary All-Star. It marks the eighth All-Star selection for the 31-year-old Griner, a former first-round draft pick out of Baylor in 2013, who has been detained in Russia on drug charges since February. During a court appearance on Thursday, she pleaded guilty to drug possession, a move that has the potential to expedite court proceedings.

Sky, Aces lead with four All-Stars each

Chicago and Las Vegas are first and second, respectively, in the current overall standings, so it’s not surprising that they feature more than one-third of the total All-Star players. The Aces, however, have three starters (Plum, Wilson, Young) compared to just one starter for the Sky (Candace Parker). Overall, 11 of the 12 teams in the league have at least one All-Star, with the only exception being the last-place Indiana Fever.

Four players set for All-Star debuts in 2022

All-Star rookies include Sabrina Ionescu, Rhyne Howard, Kelsey Plum and Jackie Young — all of whom are guards. Notably missing from the All-Star rosters is Mercury guard Diana Taurasi, who has 10 All-Star appearances in her 18-year career, which ties for second-most all-time. This year marks the first time that the 40-year-old Taurasi was healthy and not selected.

Who will earn MVP honors?

Last year, Dallas Wings guard Arike Ogunbowale was named MVP after scoring a game-high 26 points and leading Team WNBA to a 93-85 victory over the All-Stars from the USA Basketball Women’s National Team. Heading into this year’s All-Star weekend, however, Ogunbowale is on the reserves list for Team Stewart, and she ranks third in the league in scoring, averaging 19.5 points and 40.8-percent shooting. Team captain Breanna Stewart leads the league with 20.9 points and 44.2-percent shooting, with Team Wilson starter and All-Star rookie Kelsey Plum ranking second with 19.9 points and 43.2-percent shooting.


2022 WNBA 3-Point Contest, Skills Challenge: Who’s playing, contest formats

The WNBA MTN DEW 3-Point Contest, set for Saturday, July 9, at McCormick Place in Chicago will air on ESPN at 3 p.m. ET.

Three-time event winner Allie Quigley of the Chicago Sky will defend her 2021 3-Point crown, competing against five challengers that current WNBA made-threes leader Kelsey Plum of the Las Vegas Aces.

This timed shooting competition features two rounds, with each competitor allotted 70 seconds (1:10) to shoot as many of the available 27 balls as they can. The top three players will advance to the final round.

Also Saturday, players will compete in the Skills Challenge, which returns for the first time since 2019. The Skills Challenge features a three-round, obstacle-course competition that tests dribbling, passing, agility and three-point shooting skills. The event format is a head-to-head, bracket-style tournament format. Participants for the Skills Challenge have not been announced yet.

3-Point Contest participants:

PLAYER TEAM POSITION HEIGHT BIRTHDATE COLLEGE/COUNTRY 2022 3PM 2022 3PA 2022 3PP
Ariel Atkins Washington Mystics Guard 5-8 7/30/96 Texas 49 130 .377
Rhyne Howard Atlanta Dream Guard 6-2 4/29/00 Kentucky 50 148 .338
Jewell Loyd Seattle Storm Guard 5-10 10/5/93 Notre Dame 55 142 .387
Arike Ogunbowale Dallas Wings Guard 5-8 3/2/97 Notre Dame 67 180 .372
Kelsey Plum Las Vegas Aces Guard 5-8 8/24/94 Washington 71 169 .420
Allie Quigley Chicago Sky Guard 5-10 6/20/86 DePaul 27 79 .342

3-Point Contest format:

  • Five racks with five balls each will be spaced out around the arc. Four of the racks will contain four “regular” balls worth one point and one “money ball” worth two points. One rack will be the “money ball rack,” which will contain five “money balls” worth two points each. In addition, there will be two “DEW ZONE” locations positioned well beyond the 3-point line. Each pedestal will hold one special “DEW ZONE ball” worth three points.
  • Players must exhaust the ball racks and pedestals in competition order before moving on to the next shooting location.
  • The three players with the highest scores advance to the Final Round, which features the same competition format as the first round.

What happens if there is a tie in the WNBA All-Star 3-point challenge?

  • Tiebreaker: In the event of a tie to determine the Final Round participants, a 30-second tiebreaker will take place using the same competition format described above. In the event of a tie to determine the champion, a full 70-second (1:10) tiebreaker will take place. If necessary, this process will be repeated until the tie is broken.

2022 Rivalry Series: USA extends lead to 3-0 over Canada in women’s hockey showcase

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Hilary Knight had two goals and one assist to lead the U.S. women’s hockey team to a 4-2 win over Canada on Sunday, extending Team USA’s series lead to 3-0 in the seven-game 2022-23 Rivalry Series.

Savannah Harmon and Abby Roque also scored for the U.S., which has notched three consecutive wins against Canada for the first time since 2019. Goalie Nicole Hensley made 22 saves in front of a record-setting crown at Climate Pledge Arena in Seattle, where fan attendance totaled 14,551.

Marie-Philip Poulin and Sarah Nurse scored for Canada, which captured gold \at both the IIHF Women’s World Championship in September and the Beijing Olympics in February.

Knight has enjoyed a standout 2022-23 Rivalry Series to date, registering six points (three goals, three assists) in the first three games including the game-winning goal in a shootout victory in Game 1 of the series on Tuesday and the game-winning assist in Game 2 on Thursday. Prior to the puck drop in Seattle on Sunday, Knight was presented with a golden stick to commemorate her record-breaking 87th career point in world championship play. Knight became the all-time points leader at the IIHF Women’s World Championship in September, when the eight-time world champion recorded one goal and one assist in Team USA’s 12-1 quarterfinal win over Hungary.

Sunday’s matchup between the U.S. and Canada marked the third game of the 2022-23 Rivalry Series and was the third matchup between the two teams in five days. The U.S. came in with a 2-0 series lead following a 2-1 victory on Thursday in Kamloops, B.C., and a 4-3 shootout victory — the first shootout in Rivalry Series history — in Kelowna, B.C., on Tuesday. It also was the first game for the U.S. national team on home soil since Dec. 17, 2021, when the team hosted Canada in St. Louis (Canada won 3-2 in overtime).

The 2022-23 Rivalry Series continues next month with two games in the U.S., set to be played in Las Vegas on Dec. 17 and Los Angeles on Dec. 19.


2022-23 Rivalry Series schedule, results

DATE TIME/RESULT LOCATION NETWORK
Tuesday, Nov. 15 USA 4, CAN 3 (SO) Kelowna, British Columbia NHL Network
Thursday, Nov. 17 USA 2, CAN 1 Kamloops, British Columbia NHL Network
Sunday, Nov. 20 USA 4, CAN 2 Seattle, Washington NHL Network
Thursday, Dec. 15 10 p.m. ET Henderson, Nevada NHL Network
Monday, Dec. 19 10 p.m. ET Los Angeles, California NHL Network
TBD TBD TBD NHL Network
TBD TBD TBD NHL Network

What is the Rivalry Series?

The Rivalry Series was introduced by USA Hockey and Hockey Canada during the 2018-19 season and designed as an annual showcase of the highest level of women’s hockey at various locations in the United States and Canada. The first series comprised three games between the two national teams, with Canada winning 2-1. Team USA took 2019-20 title, winning the expanded five-game series 4-1 and wrapping with an overtime win in the finale in front of a then-record-breaking total of 13,320 fans in Anaheim, California.

Following a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic and preparation for the 2022 Olympic Winter Games, the Rivalry Series resumed this season with seven games over three months: three in November, two in December and two in February.

The U.S. and Canada have battled in the gold-medal game of six of seven Winter Olympics and 20 of 21 IIHF Women’s World Championship, with the two exceptions being the 2019 World Championship and 2006 Olympics. The Canadian women are the reigning Olympic and world champions.


2022-23 Rivalry Series rewind: USA takes Games 1-2

Game 1 recap: USA 4, CAN 3, SO (Nov. 15): The series kicked off Tuesday with Team USA grabbing a 2-0 lead off goals from Hannah Brandt and Hilary Knight. But Canada battled back with three unanswered goals and held a 3-2 lead with 13 minutes to go in the third. With just 1:29 remaining in regulation, Alex Carpenter tied it for the Americans, sending the game to overtime. The U.S. ultimately won in a shootout, with Knight and Carpenter scoring while U.S. goalie Nicole Hensley made two key saves.

Game 2 recap: USA 2, CAN 1 (Nov. 17): Canada was first to get on the board Thursday when Marie-Philip Poulin capitalized off a penalty shot opportunity in the second period, but USA’s Kendall Coyne Schofield knotted the score just 1:12 later. Alex Carpenter scored the go-ahead tally with 6:36 remaining in the third to give the U.S. a 2-1 win and a 2-0 series lead. U.S. goalie Maddie Rooney recorded 19 saves in net.


Who’s playing in the 2022-23 Rivalry Series?

Team USA’s roster — led by coach John Wroblewski — for the November Rivalry Series games features 23 players, 16 of whom were part of the silver medal-winning team at the 2022 IIHF Women’s World Championship in August:

  • Hannah Brandt (Vadnais Heights, Minn.)
  • Alex Carpenter (North Reading, Mass.)
  • Kendall Coyne Schofield (Palos Heights, Ill.)
  • Jincy Dunne (O’Fallon, Mo.)
  • Aerin Frankel(Chappaqua, N.Y.)
  • Rory Guilday (Minnetonka, Minn.)
  • Savannah Harmon (Downers Grove, Ill.)
  • Nicole Hensley (Lakewood, Colo.)
  • Megan Keller (Farmington Hills, Mich.)
  • Amanda Kessel (Madison, Wis.)
  • Hilary Knight (Sun Valley, Idaho)
  • Kelly Pannek (Plymouth, Minn.)
  • Abby Roque (Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.)
  • Hayley Scamurra (Getzville, N.Y.)
  • Maddie Rooney (Andover, Minn.)
  • Lee Stecklein (Roseville, Minn.).

Team Canada’s 23-player roster, selected by coach Troy Ryan and director of hockey operations Gina Kingsbury, features 16 players who were on the gold medal-winning team at the 2022 IIHF Women’s World Championship and the 2022 Beijing Olympics (Canada beat , including:

  • Erin Ambrose
  • Kristen Campbell
  • Emily Clark
  • Ann-Renée Desbiens
  • Renata Fast
  • Brianne Jenner
  • Jocelyne Larocque
  • Emma Maltais
  • Emerance Maschmeyer
  • Sarah Nurse
  • Marie-Philip Poulin
  • Jamie Lee Rattray
  • Ella Shelton
  • Laura Stacey
  • Blayre Turnbull
  • Micah Zandee-Hart

Rivalry Series history

Following Sunday’s victory, the U.S. holds a 6-2-1-2 (W-OTW-OTL-L) record over Canada all time in the Rivalry Series. Canada won the 2018-19 Rivalry Series with a 2-0-0-1 record, while the U.S. won the 2019-20 Rivalry Series with a 3-1-1-0 record.

2019-20 Rivalry Series results

DATE RESULT LOCATION U.S. PLAYER OF THE GAME
Dec. 14, 2019 USA 4, CAN 1 Hartford, Connecticut Alex Cavallini
Dec. 17, 2019 USA 2, CAN 1 Moncton, N.B. Alex Carpenter
Feb. 3, 2020 CAN 3, USA 2 (OT) Victoria, B.C. Hilary Knight
Feb. 5, 2020 USA 3, CAN 1 Vancouver, B.C. Katie Burt
Feb. 8, 2020 USA 4, CAN 3 (OT) Anaheim, California Megan Bozek

2018-19 Rivalry Series results

DATE RESULT LOCATION
Feb. 12 USA 1, CAN 0 London, Ontario
Feb. 14 CAN 4, USA 3 Toronto, Ontario
Feb. 17 CAN 2, USA 0 Detroit Michigan

Atthaya Thitikul takes LPGA rookie-of-year honors in stride ahead of Tour Championship

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To say that Atthaya Thitikul has enjoyed a breakout rookie LPGA season is a bit of an understatement, but keeping things low-key is exactly how 19-year-old “Jeeno” likes it.

As the 2022 season concludes this week at the CME Group Tour Championship, Thitikul has already captured two LPGA titles, held the No. 1 spot in the world rankings and collected the Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year honors. But the current world No. 2 displays a wise-beyond-her-years ethos when she says what she’s most proud of this season is her mindset.

“[I’m]19 years old — I think I’m still young to handle all the things that I have now,” Thitikul told On Her Turf ahead of this week’s season finale in Naples, Fla. “I didn’t say that I handled it well, but I’ve just said that I think I can handle it. I can do it. And yeah, it’s turned out to be pretty good this year.”

To keep herself in check, the Thailand native keeps her philosophy posted on her Instagram profile, which reads, “Be you, be happy and everything will be fine.” Thitikul, who on Oct. 31 joined 18-time LPGA winner Lydia Ko as the only players in tour history to reach No. 1 before their 20th birthday, said she took stock of poor performances on the golf course and found they all had one thing in common: She wasn’t being herself.

“I didn’t have fun,” she says of those unsatisfactory rounds. “I was expecting a lot of results on the golf course, not really talking, not really enjoying it. So I think being myself, have fun, keep smiling, keep laughing and talking with other players or talking with my caddie, joking around — I think it’s the best that I can do.”

Golf has always been fun for Thitikul, who grew up in northeast Thailand and was introduced to the sport at age 6 through her father and grandfather, both of whom were not golfers themselves but recognized the opportunity that golf might provide. Thitikul teases that her grandfather was enamored with Tiger Woods, but after her first golf experience with a professional in Bangkok, she was hooked, too.

“They asked me when I finished practicing, do I like it? And I say, ‘Yeah, I do.’ Because [there were] a lot of friends and when I practice, it seemed fun and it seemed not like other sports that I have been watching on TV,” she recalls.

Thitikul’s ascent to the top of her sport was swift: In February 2017, just three days after her 14th birthday, she made her first LPGA tournament appearance at the Honda LPGA Thailand and finished 37th out of 66 players. Just five months later, Thitikul made headlines when she became the youngest person ever to win a professional golf tour event at age 14 years, 4 months and 19 days old, winning the Ladies European Thailand Championship on the Ladies European Tour (LET).

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For three more years, Thitikul resisted turning professional, racking up multiple international amateur victories and plenty of tour experience, notching her first LPGA top-10 finish in March 2018 at the HSBC Women’s World Championship (T-8) and earning low amateur honors that same year at two majors, the ANA Inspiration (T-30) and Women’s British Open (T-64). The following year, she won the Ladies European Thailand Championship for the second time in three years, earned low amateur honors at the British Open (finishing T-29) for the second straight year and was No. 1 on the women’s World Amateur Golf Ranking.

In her first year as a pro, during the pandemic-impacted 2020 season, Thitikul broke through for her first professional win in July at the Thai LPGA Championship. She finished the season with five Thai LPGA wins and topped the money list.

Thitikul moved to the LET in 2021, winning the Czech Ladies Open in June, and just a month later she moved into the top 100 on the world rankings for the first time at No. 89. She finished 2021 with two wins, three runner-ups and nine additional top-10 finishes, securing the LET Order of Merit and Rookie of the Year titles and becoming just the fourth player to win both awards in the same season.

After finishing third at LPGA Qualifying School to earn her card for 2022, Thitikul didn’t miss a beat in her meteoric rise this season. She posted two top-10s in her first four starts before striking a staff deal with Callaway, which she followed up by winning her first LPGA title in March at the JTBC Classic. She carded an 8-under 64 in the final round to force a playoff and Nanna Koerstz Madsen on the second extra hole. She earned her second LPGA title in September at the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship, tying the tournament record of 61 in the second round and beating Danielle Kang in a playoff.

As for the pressure of being a teen phenom, Thitikul admits she can’t ignore it but has figured out how to turn it around to her advantage: “It’s still so hard because I think as players want to be on top and we put the pressure on ourselves, and there’s a lot of eyes on us. … But at the same time, it’s kind of like you couldn’t win every week, you couldn’t have a good day every day. It’s golf. I like to think of pressure as a challenge. I put a lot of pressure on myself, but I think of it as challenging.”

Away from the golf course, Thitikul enjoys spending time with friends, watching Korean television dramas and indulging in Asian food (Chinese and Korean are favorites). Although she doesn’t have a pet, she says she’s a dog person, and prefers the mountains to the beach, as she loves to hike.

But don’t expect too much lounging, hiking or other non-golf activities on Thitikul’s itinerary after this season wraps on Sunday.

“This offseason, we have a lot of work to do,” she says.” There are a lot of things I still have to learn – not just for next year but for [beyond.] … But hopefully next year, it’s going to be nice and good for me as well. I really want to have a major win in my career. I don’t know if it’s going to happen next year, but hopefully.”