Starters Announced for 2001 All-Star Game


NEW YORK, July 8 -- Washington Mystics forward Chamique Holdsclaw was the top vote-getter after final returns of fan votes cast in the WNBA All-Star Balloting Program Presented by Yahoo! Sports.

Starters for the 2001 WNBA All-Star Game, to be played at the TD Waterhouse Centre in Orlando, Fla., on Monday, July 16, were determined by fan balloting online -- at and accessible through Yahoo! Sports at -- as well as team All-Star balloting nights in-arena.





Holdsclaw, who will be starting in her third consecutive All-Star Game, will receive a "Top Vote Getter" trophy and a check for $10,000 to the charity of her choice at a ceremony prior to the All-Star Game. Holdsclaw (105,006), who was selected as a forward, will be joined in the Eastern Conference lineup by Mystics teammate Nikki McCray at guard (57,280), and three players from the New York Liberty: Teresa Weatherspoon at guard (75,349), Tari Phillips at center (63,149) and Vickie Johnson at forward (45,769).


In the Western Conference, fans selected two players from the Houston Comets, forward Tina Thompson (93,901) and guard Janeth Arcain (70,107) and three players from the Sacramento Monarchs, center Yolanda Griffith (61,307), forward Ruthie Bolton-Holifield (53,466) and guard Ticha Penicheiro (48,801).

Each conference's eight head coaches will select the remaining All-Star players, with the reserves to be announced on Wednesday, July 11. Van Chancellor of the Houston Comets and Richie Adubato of the New York Liberty will coach the Western Conference and Eastern Conference All-Stars, respectively.





The 2001 WNBA All-Star Game will be televised nationally on ESPN beginning at 8 p.m. EDT on July 16. Fans may purchase tickets by calling the WNBA ticket sales hotline at 1-877-WNBA-TIX. Tickets, starting at $10, may also be purchased at Ticketmaster outlets, on-line through Ticketmaster and, and at the TD Waterhouse Centre box office.

The WNBA tipped off its fifth season on May 28, Memorial Day. According to a recent ESPN Sports Poll, fan interest in the WNBA now ranks fourth overall among professional sports leagues in the U.S. In addition to being the longest running women's basketball league in the U.S., the WNBA is also the most successful league launch in sports' history. The WNBA's extensive national television schedule has expanded to reach audiences on ESPN, ESPN2 and NBC. During the 2000 season, a record 2.5 million fans attended games and the WNBA's combined local, national and international television coverage will reach nearly 60 million viewers in 23 different languages and 167 countries.


Forwards: Chamique Holdsclaw (Wash) 105,006; Vickie Johnson (NY) 45,769; Sheri Sam (Mia) 41,223; Vicky Bullett (Wash) 39,566; Elena Baranova (Mia) 32,888; Taj McWilliams-Franklin (Orl) 27,215; Shalonda Enis (Cha) 23,245; Eva Nemcova (Cle) 19,192; Stephanie McCarty (Ind) 18,273; Chasity Melvin (Cle) 16,515; Rushia Brown (Cle) 12,360; Astou Ndiaye-Diatta (Det) 9,030; Alicia Thompson (Ind) 9,025; Monica Maxwell (Ind) 7,699; Deanna Nolan (Det) 7,015

Centers: Tari Phillips (NY) 63,149; Ruth Riley (Mia) 53,548; Murriel Page (Wash) 39,686; 25,261; Cintia dos Santos (Orl) 23,914; Wendy Palmer (Det) 15,271

Guards: Teresa Weatherspoon (NY) 75,349; Nikki McCray (Wash) 57,280; Dawn Staley (Cha) 49,982; Becky Hammon (NY) 41,062; Sandy Brondello (Mia) 36,696; Debbie Black (Mia) 33,388; Tonya Edwards (Cha) 27,774; Andrea Stinson (Cha) 27,748; Nykesha Sales (Orl) 25,731; Merlakia Jones (Cle) 21,354; Shannon Johnson (Orl) 15,991; Kelly Miller (Cha) 14,151; Crystal Robinson (NY) 10,446; Rita Williams (Ind) 9,936; Dominique Canty (Det) 6,230; Gordana Grubin (Ind) 4,969


Forwards: Tina Thompson (Hou) 93,901; Ruthie Bolton-Holifield (Sac) 53,466; Katie Smith (Min) 40,239; Natalie Williams (Utah) 32,197; Amanda Lassiter (Hou) 28,237; Tangela Smith (Sac) 26,157; Mwadi Mabika (LA) 25,473; DeLisha Milton (LA) 21,377; Sylvia Crawley (Por) 18,331; Michelle Edwards (Sea) 16,551; LaQuanda Barksdale (Por) 11,791; Kamila Vodichkova (Sea) 8,681; Adrienne Goodson (Utah) 7,669; Alisa Burras (Por) 7,291

Centers: Yolanda Griffith (Sac) 61,307; Lisa Leslie (LA) 54,412; Jennifer Gillom (Pho) 34,927; Tiffani Johnson (Hou) 31,158; Lauren Jackson (Sea) 20,043; Margo Dydek (Utah) 15,309

Guards: Janeth Arcain (Hou) 70,107; Ticha Penicheiro (Sac) 48,801; Jackie Stiles (Por) 46,095; Coquese Washington (Hou) 39,692; Michele Timms (Pho) 30,158; Sophia Witherspoon (Por) 29,428; Kedra Holland-Corn (Sac) 27,944; Jennifer Azzi (Utah) 24,270; Tamecka Dixon (LA) 22,954; Betty Lennox (Min) 17,657; Ukari Figgs (LA) 15,441; Korie Hlede (Utah) 11,092; Kristi Harrower (Min) 10,380; Sonja Henning (Sea) 8,080


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