Surrounded by 21 of the WNBA’s best, former Bear Layshia Clarendon proved on one of the biggest stages of her professional career that she unquestionably deserves the right to call herself an All-Star.
In only 17 minutes off the bench, Clarendon recorded the WNBA All-Star Game’s lone double-double, putting up 14 points and 10 assists in her All-Star debut. She recorded seven points and five assists exactly in both halves of the game.
Clarendon’s 14 points tied her Indiana Fever’s Candice Dupree and Chicago Sky’s Allie Quigley for the second-most points recorded by a player on the Eastern All-Stars, but the former Cal standout had the least amount of playing time of the trio.
Clarendon pushed the pace off of made buckets while she was on the floor and placed perfect leading passes to create point blank looks at the rim. The point guard seldom made it past the half court line before firing a pass to a wide-open teammate, but maintained her precision to rack up the dimes.
Sugar Rodgers of the New York Liberty was on the receiving end of two of Clarendon’s touchdown passes which spanned at least 50 feet, the first coming in the first quarter and the second coming in the third quarter.
The point guard also beat the buzzer to end the third quarter, skying in for a high-arcing tip-in as the quarter expired.