UPDATE: It's Showtime: WNBA All-Star Weekend

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If you were looking for something to do to beat the heat, the WNBA All Star Game - took place today in San Antonio - and was broadcast at 3:30 p.m. ET on ABC. If you were relaxing at home or at a viewing party, you enjoyed watching the best women ballers in the world compete in East and West squads in the annual fan showcase that takes place midway through the WNBA season.

Veterans such as Becky Hammon, Katie Douglas, Tamika Catchings, Sue Bird, Swin Cash and Penny Taylor have all been WNBA All-Stars at least nine times yet they reveal that receiving the honor to play is still a joy.

This year, the vets were joined by rookies such as Maya Moore (Lynx), Courtney Vandersloot, Danielle Adams and Liz Cambage (Shock) who added some excitement to the game. Cambage replaced league star Candace Parker who had to withdraw due to an injury. Moore, the first pick in the WNBA draft was the only rookie selected as a starter by the fan vote.

Ben York was on the scene with WNBA All Star Sights and Sounds as well as some pregame scoop. He  was livebloggin' the game http://bit.ly/qOLCgW and kept things entertaining. In his Slam column, York points out just how hard the players work and what this weekend's game means to them:

The WNBA season lasts only 34 games and stretches from (roughly) June through September. On the surface, it seems relatively short and much less hectic than the NBA’s 82-game season by comparison.

But as you know, appearances can be deceiving.

Nearly 10 WNBA All-Stars had a game with their respective teams Thursday night, just 18 hours before they were scheduled to arrive in San Antonio to fulfill All-Star responsibilities (WNBA Cares events, practice, receptions, etc.). Remember, players in the WNBA don’t just hop on a comfortable, chartered flight when it’s convenient like players in the NBA and NFL do; they travel just like you and I...They check their own bags, go through ridiculous security lines, and wait inside the terminal like the rest of us as our flight is inevitably delayed.

 It's important to note that the life of a WNBA player is a whirlwind. Because they compete at the highest of levels - between the WNBA and European leagues they play professionally for 11 out of 12 months of the year - they don’t have the luxury of seeing friends or families on a consistent basis. So this weekend is as much a celebration of their accomplishments as a chance to have some fun.

Those who watched the game were no doubt amazed by these incredible athletes whose love for the game shined through - regardless of the outcome.

FINAL SCORE: EAST BEATS WEST 118-113

Get lots of opinions, commentary and reactions by following the story thread here.

Random All-Star Tweets #wnbaallstars

- Maya Moore (@MooreMaya): “Getting xcited to showcase the All-Star J’s I’ll be rockin tomorrow!! Wore these @ practice today. http://lockerz.com/s/122681316

Swin Cash (@SwinCash): “UConn Fam in the building! @tinacharles31 @Da20one @MooreMaya Sue & Dee http://lockerz.com/s/122711882″

- Renee Montgomery (@Da20one): “Oh and @piphdagreat10 is NOT the best dressed here but she’s also NOT the worst. @swincash is the Best dressed.”

- WNBA (@wnba) Battle under the boards! @ecambage vs. @Da20one in the paint during 2011 #WNBAAllStar Game. http://twitpic.com/5usrid

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