SEATTLE, WASH. – JULY 22, 2017 – New York Liberty All-Stars Tina Charles and Sugar Rodgers represented the Liberty at the 2017 WNBA All-Star Game in Seattle, which saw the West pick up a 130-121 victory, with Maya Moore grabbing Most Valuable Player accolades.
The Liberty due provided their own fair share of highlights, but in the game, and throughout the day, especially Rodgers, a 1st-time All_Star that nearly managed to take home the 3-Point Contest at halftime, but she fell to Chicago’s Allie Quigley.
Sugar Rodgers managed to finish 2nd in the 3-Point contest during halftime of the All-Star game. She led after the opening round, knocking down her 1st eight attempts to tally 22 points and surge to 1st place. That put her head-to-head with Allie Quigley in the Championship Round, but Quigley was on fire, scoring 27 points to take home the title. Great performance from Rodgers to finish second.
Tina Charles was making her 1st WNBA All-Star appearance, and was joined on the East squad by 8 1st timers, including her NY Liberty teammate Sugar Rodgers. Charles finished with 8 points and 2 rebounds, knocking down a pair of 3-pointers for the East.
RISE AND FIRE
Rodgers made sue to make the most of her 19 minutes of game time in her 1st career All-Star game, finishing with 10 points and a pair of 3-pointers, including one from way beyond the arc. Rodgers pulled the trigger on 8 long distance shots in the game, but said afterwards she did not take any halfcourt shots, because she did not want to bring any bad habits back to the Liberty.
Tina Charles joined Alyssa Thomas, Sue Bird, and Breanna Stewart to throw out the 1st pitch at Mariners – Yankees on Thursday night. She went on the field and also participated in a jersey exchange to start the All-Star festivities.
Sugar Rodgers participated in a WNBA FIT Clinic with fellow All-Stars at a local Boys & Girls Club in Seattle on Friday morning. After teaching the kids about healthy eating and exercise habits, she manned a shooting station and then joined in a Q&A for all of the kids in attendance.