- Tamika Catchings Ranks as Top Vote-Getter in
WNBA All-Star Balloting presented by T-Mobile USA -
- Becky Hammon, Lauren Jackson and Sue Bird Follow Closely Behind -
NEW YORK, NY, July 14, 2009 – The starting lineups for the 2009 WNBA All-Star Game as selected by the fans have been announced today. Indiana Fever forward and six-time All-Star Tamika Catchings led all players with 94,316 votes following the final returns of 2009 WNBA All-Star Balloting presented by T-Mobile. Catchings received the most votes for the second time, having also earned the honor in 2006.
San Antonio Silver Stars guard Becky Hammon (88,991), Seattle Storm forward Lauren Jackson (88,685) and Storm guard Sue Bird (88,591) followed closely behind Catchings as leading vote-getters and topped all players in the Western Conference.
Through the 2009 WNBA All-Star Balloting Program presented by T-Mobile, fans were responsible for voting in the starters for the WNBA All-Star Game, which will be played at Mohegan Sun Arena on Saturday, July 25. The game will be nationally televised on ABC beginning at 3:30 p.m. ET. It will mark the second time that the midseason classic is played at Mohegan Sun Arena, which also hosted the WNBA All-Star festivities in 2005.
Joining Catchings in the Eastern Conference starting lineup are Chicago Sky forward Candice Dupree, Sky center Sylvia Fowles, Washington Mystics guard Alana Beard and Fever guard Katie Douglas. It marks the first time that Douglas, Dupree, Fowles and Beard have been voted as starters by the fans. Douglas, a three-time All-Star and the 2006 All-Star MVP, and Beard, a four-time All-Star, were both inserted into the starting lineup in 2006 due to injuries. Fowles is a first-time All-Star while Dupree makes her third appearance.
Familiar names in WNBA All-Star history make up the Western Conference starting lineup as Hammon, Jackson and Bird are joined by Storm forward Swin Cash and Los Angeles Sparks center Lisa Leslie. Leslie, a three time All-Star MVP, now leads all players in WNBA history with eight All-Star appearances. Hammon makes her fifth appearance in the midseason classic while Jackson is a seven-time All-Star, Bird makes her sixth appearance and Cash is named for the third time. Cash also becomes just the third player in WNBA history to start for both the East and West squads (Dawn Staley, Hammon).
Following are the starting lineups for the 2009 WNBA All-Star Game:
|Eastern Conference Starters:||Western Conference Starters:|
|Katie Douglas, Guard (Indiana Fever)||Sue Bird, Guard (Seattle Storm)|
|Alana Beard, Guard (Washington Mystics)||Becky Hammon, Guard (San Antonio Silver Stars)|
|Sylvia Fowles, Center (Chicago Sky)||Lisa Leslie, Center (Los Angeles Sparks)|
|Candice Dupree, Forward (Chicago Sky)||Swin Cash, Forward (Seattle Storm)|
|Tamika Catchings, Forward (Indiana Fever)||Lauren Jackson, Forward (Seattle Storm)|
The 13 WNBA head coaches will select the reserves by voting for six players within their conference, including two guards, two forwards, one center and one player regardless of position. Coaches are not permitted to vote for players on their team.
As previously announced, San Antonio Head Coach Dan Hughes will coach the West by virtue of winning the 2008 Western Conference title. The East will be led by Indiana Head Coach Lin Dunn, who was named the coach after the Fever clinched the best winning percentage in the Eastern Conference for games through July 15. This method was used because Bill Laimbeer, head coach of the 2008 Eastern Conference champion Detroit Shock, stepped down from his post in early June.
A limited number of tickets for the 2009 WNBA All-Star Game are still available by going online to ticketmaster.com.
2009 WNBA ALL-STAR BALLOTING PRESENTED BY T-MOBILE
EASTERN CONFERENCE FINAL RETURNS
Forwards: Tamika Catchings (Ind) 94,316; Candice Dupree (Chi) 59,949; Marissa Coleman (Wash) 48,499; Shemeka Christon (NY) 48,129; Ebony Hoffman (Ind) 46,472; Chamique Holdsclaw (Atl) 41,602; Asjha Jones (Conn) 40,382; Cathrine Kraayeveld (NY) 38,879; Nakia Sanford (Wash) 31,623; Chen Nan (Chi) 31,272; Taj McWilliams (Det) 31,053; Amber Holt (Conn) 25,044; Angel McCoughtry (Atl) 24,839; Plenette Pierson (Det) 20,016; Erika de Souza (Atl) 15,413.
Centers: Sylvia Fowles (Chi) 71,487; Janel McCarville (NY) 56,770; Tammy Sutton-Brown (Ind) 47,724; Chasity Melvin (Wash) 39,750; Cheryl Ford (Det) 31,264; Tamika Whitmore (Conn) 29,469; Michelle Snow (Atl) 25,110.
Guards: Katie Douglas (Ind) 65,911; Alana Beard (Wash) 64,237; Lindsay Whalen (Conn) 55,901; Tully Bevilaqua (Ind) 53,123; Lindsey Harding (Wash) 48,437; Deanna Nolan (Det) 46,776; Katie Smith (Det) 43,932; Jia Perkins (Chi) 41,433; Loree Moore (NY) 40,966; Essence Carson (NY) 39,484; Kristi Toliver (Chi) 38,878; Erin Phillips (Conn) 33,631; Nikki Teasley (Atl) 23,417.
WESTERN CONFERENCE FINAL RETURNS
Forwards: Lauren Jackson (Sea) 88,685; Swin Cash (Sea) 78,477; Sophia Young (SA) 72,324; Cappie Pondexter (Phx) 70,393; Tina Thompson (LA) 62,206; Erin Perperoglou (SA) 60,375; DeLisha Milton-Jones (LA) 43,812; DeWanna Bonner (Phx) 42,805; Seimone Augustus (Min) 39,547; Rebekkah Brunson (Sac) 21,933; Nicole Powell (Sac) 20,889.
Centers: Lisa Leslie (LA) 80,748; Ruth Riley (SA) 75,412; Janell Burse (Sea) 48,762; Nicky Anosike (Min) 41,572; Tangela Smith (Phx) 38,864; DeMya Walker (Sac) 20,671.
Guards: Becky Hammon (SA) 88,991; Sue Bird (Sea) 88,591; Diana Taurasi (Phx) 75,263; Vickie Johnson (SA) 62,736; Betty Lennox (LA) 57,524; Candace Parker (LA) 40,600; Temeka Johnson (Phx) 40,434; Candice Wiggins (Min) 32,581; Kara Lawson (Sac) 28,825; Renee Montgomery (Min) 27,896; Kelly Miller (Min) 25,016; Ticha Penicheiro (Sac) 24,497; Tanisha Wright (Sea) 18,080.