Connecticut's Charles to Start in Place of Delle Donne, Minnesota's Brunson in Place of Griner in Boost Mobile WNBA All-Star Game 2013

NEW YORK, July 26, 2013 – Connecticut Sun center Tina Charles and Minnesota Lynx center Rebekkah Brunson have been selected to start for the Eastern and Western Conference teams, respectively, in the Boost Mobile WNBA All-Star Game.

Indiana Fever head coach Lin Dunn, who will lead the Eastern Conference All-Stars, made the announcement regarding Charles following the East’s practice at Mohegan Sun Arena on July 26. Charles will replace the injured Elena Delle Donne of the Chicago Sky in the East starting lineup. The league’s No. 2 overall draft pick this April, Delle Donne – who went on to become the first rookie in WNBA history to earn the top spot among vote-getters in All-Star fan-voting – is unable to attend the All-Star Game after suffering a concussion on Wednesday during the Sky’s 82-78 loss to the Washington Mystics. Charles is appearing in her second WNBA All-Star Game (2011), both as a starter.

Minnesota Lynx head coach Cheryl Reeve, who will lead the Western Conference All-Stars, made the announcement regarding Brunson following the West’s practice at Mohegan Sun Arena today. Brunson will replace rookie Brittney Griner in the West starting lineup. Griner, the league’s No. 1 overall draft pick in April, has missed the Phoenix Mercury’s last five games due to a knee injury. Brunson is making her third All-Star appearance (2007, 2011), second as a starter.

Boost Mobile WNBA All-Star 2013 will be nationally broadcast on ABC, Saturday, July 27, at 3:30 p.m. ET from Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. This is the third time the Sun has played host to the WNBA’s All-Star event.
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