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Back in uniform after 20 years…recreating a ‘luxury shooter’ 3-pointer

Women’s professional basketball’s biggest festival, the All-Star Game, sold out for the second year in a row. On the 7th, the Asan Sunshin Gymnasium, where the Woori Bank Woori WON 2023~2024 Women’s Professional Basketball All-Star Game was held, was filled with 2309 people and sold out for the second consecutive year. Not only the players but also the coaches put aside their dignity for the sake of the fans and rewarded their love with a spectacular event.

The All-Star game between the Pink Stars and Blue Stars was different from the beginning, as the players appeared under the cheers of the fans in the stands and heated up the atmosphere with their own songs and dance skills. Unique props were the norm, but one punchline stood out from the crowd. The cute twist of Blue Star’s eldest sister Kim Jong-un (37, Hana One Q) wearing sunglasses, which her younger siblings said 스포츠토토 “looked like she was practicing too much,” brought a laugh.

Throughout the game, there were plenty of prepared performances. Pink Star center Park Ji-soo (KB) kicked off the show by switching to guard and doing a hip dance after hitting a three-pointer in front of Jinan (BNK). A one-on-one matchup between Pink Star captain Park Ji-hyun (Woori Bank) and Blue Star captain Shin Ji-hyun (Hana OneQ) drew laughs with the twist of a foul.

Rules didn’t matter when it came to entertaining the fans. All 10 Blue Stars appeared on the court at once to help Kim score. Even the referee closed his eyes for a moment.

Halftime was a frenzy. Fans applauded the dynamic duo as the athletes performed their two-day dance routine.

The highlight of the All-Star Game came unexpectedly from the leaders. Woori Bank head coach Satellite Woo, the longest-serving head coach in the women’s professional basketball league, appeared in uniform for the first time in 20 years and opened the ceremony. KB head coach Kim Wan-soo was praised by Park Ji-soo for giving up his jersey for a moment to make an exquisite steal and draw an attacker foul. Samsung Life’s Lim Geun-bae also showed off his skills with a three-pointer against Hana OneQ’s Kim Do-wan. BNK’s Park Jeong-jeong also proved to be too good to retire, hitting two of his four three-pointers. Park’s three-pointer practically sealed the game for the All-Stars. Pink Star went on to defeat Blue Star 90-88. The Most Valuable Player (MVP) honors went to Pink Star’s Park Ji-soo, who scored 17 points and provided scorching service throughout the game. Park received 45 out of 78 votes in the journalists’ poll, beating out Park Ji-hyun, who received 33 votes.

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