ORLANDO FORWARD TO PLAY IN FRONT OF HOMETOWN CROWD
McWilliams-Franklin to Start for East

ORLANDO, Fla., July 16 -- Eastern Conference coach Richie Adubato announced that Orlando Miracle forward Taj McWilliams-Franklin will start in place of injured Washington Mystics forward Chamique Holdsclaw in the 2001 WNBA All-Star Game.

Holdsclaw was the top vote-getter (105,006) in the WNBA All-Star Balloting Program presented by Yahoo! Sports.

McWilliams-Franklin is currently averaging 13.0 points, 7.9 rebounds and 2.5 assists for the Miracle.