Houston's Tina Thompson was voted MVP of the second WNBA All-Star Game by a panel of media members. Eight of nine ballots went to Thompson (13 points, 11 rebounds in 16 minutes). The other one went to Los Angeles' Lisa Leslie (game-high 16 points, six rebounds), last year's All-Star MVP.

Leslie's 16 points, along with Yolanda Griffith's and Natalie Williams' 10 rebounds are new records for WNBA All-Star Games. Coming off the bench, Griffith notched the only other double-double in the game with 10 points and 10 boards.

The West was ferocious off the boards, grabbing 60 rebounds for the game, including 25 offensive. The East's tally was 40 rebounds, 22 of which were offensive.

Just like in WNBA Championships, Van Chancellor is perfect in All-Star Games. The Houston coach notched his second straight All-Star victory. He coached the West to a 79-61 victory last year. Richie Adubato also kept his All-Star record in tact. He lost his only other All-Star coaching appearance when he was an assistant fo rthe losing East team in the 1995 NBA All-Star Game in Phoenix.

A capacity crowd of 17,717 filled the stands at America West Arena. Among the faces in the crowd: Connie Hawkins, Gary Payton, Jason Kidd, Oliver Miller, Shawn Marion, John Amaechi, Joan Jett, Dot Richardson and Lori Petty.