WNBA stars pass out balls at half
Passing of the Ball
By John Gardella

The torch was officially passed Monday during a halftime ceremony of the 2001 WNBA All-Star Game in Orlando. Or, at least a couple of the WNBA's signature oatmeal and orange basketballs were.

That's when a contingent of Orlando Miracle fans as well as All-Stars Taj McWilliams-Franklin and Nykesha Sales and WNBA President Val Ackerman passed two WNBA basketballs to a group of fans from the nation's capital and the Washington Mystics' own All-Stars, Nikki McCray and Chamique Holdsclaw.

Washington D.C., which hosted the 2001 NBA All-Star Game, will host next season's midsummer WNBA classic, the league's fourth.

"I think D.C. is a great city," said McCray. "I think we have the best fans in the WNBA. To be a host is just a great opportunity for the city of D.C."