PHOENIX -- Call it even for the Ogwumike sisters, in more ways than one.

Rookie Chiney Ogwumike scored eight points as the East beat the West 125-124 on Saturday in the first WNBA All-Star game to go to overtime.

Nneka Ogwumike, playing for the West, also scored eight points, six days after her Los Angeles Sparks routed Chiney's Connecticut Sun 90-64.

Saturday was only the second time the Stanford graduates were on opposing sides after having been teammates from the time they joined a local YMCA team in Cypress, Texas. They were the first siblings to play in the same WNBA All-Star game.

Chiney, the first pick in the WNBA draft in April, shot 4 for 8 from the field and added five rebounds and three assists in 19 minutes off the bench. Nneka was 4 for 9 from the field but had a team-high 11 rebounds and added six assists in 21 minutes. Like Chiney, Nneka was her team's first substitute.

Shoni Schimmel, a rookie who doesn't even start for her own team, put on a record-breaking performance -- scoring 29 points to power the East victory.

Hitting big shot after big shot in the fourth quarter and overtime, including a behind-the-head flip over 6-foot-8 Brittney Griner, Schimmel gave the fans a great show.

Schimmel, who grew up on a reservation in the tiny northeast Oregon town of Mission, broke the All-Star game scoring record of 23 set by Candace Parker last year.


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Schimmel is averaging 7.1 points in limited time for Atlanta, yet she was voted in as an All-Star starter because of the huge Native American following she has. With 17 family members -- the boys wearing "Rez Ball Rules" T-shirts, cheering her on -- Schimmel earned MVP honors.

"Being Native American, it's a huge accomplishment to go out there and be in the WNBA," Schimmel said. "To have the fans look up to me and to be a role model not only for my siblings but also the Native American fans, the Native American people. It's huge. I take it on my shoulders because I enjoy it."

Tamika Catchings, an All-Star for a record-tying ninth time, made a layup with 6.9 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.

Griner, of the host Mercury, scored 17 points, including the third WNBA All-Star dunk, for the West.

Schimmel earned her "Showtime" nickname at Louisville. Yet it hasn't really carried over to the Dream yet. She was drafted eighth by the team and has started only twice. She's just the third reserve player ever to start a WNBA All-Star game, according to STATS. Any grumbling about her inclusion vanished in an electric second half and overtime, when she scored 24 points.

"It was awesome," Schimmel said.

  • WNBA president Laurel Richie said before the game that the Warriors have strong interest in an expansion team.

    The Associated Press contributed to this report.