NEW YORK, JULY 5 – WNBA Eastern and Western Conference coaches
have selected the 12 players who will round out the 2005 WNBA All-Star teams.
The WNBA marquee game of the year will showcase the league’s stars ranging
from savvy veterans like the Los Angeles Sparks’ Lisa Leslie and Chamique
Holdsclaw and Connecticut Sun’s Nykesha Sales, who are all making their sixth
trip to WNBA All-Star; to the All-Star debuts of four of the WNBA’s brightest
young stars, Washington’s Alana Beard, New York’s Ann Wauters, Sacramento’s
DeMya Walker and Houston’s Michelle Snow. Following are the player additions
for the Western and Eastern Conferences for the 2005 WNBA All-Star Game:
Ferdinand is an All-Star again.|
Chamique Holdsclaw (Los Angeles Sparks) - Forward
DeMya Walker(Sacramento Monarchs) - Forward
Katie Smith (Minnesota Lynx) - Guard
Marie Ferdinand (San Antonio Silver Stars) -Guard
Lisa Leslie (Los Angeles Sparks)
Michelle Snow (Houston Comets) - Center
Taj McWilliams-Franklin (Connecticut Sun) - Forward
Cheryl Ford (Detroit Shock) - Forward
Deanna Nolan (Detroit Shock) - Guard
Nykesha Sales (Connecticut Sun) - Guard
Alana Beard (Washington Mystics) - Guard
Ann Wauters (New York Liberty) - Center
About the Eastern Conference Additions:
· Connecticut’s Taj McWilliams-Franklin and Nykesha Sales,
who have paced the Sun to the best start in franchise history, are the only tandem
in the WNBA currently averaging 15 points plus per game.
Deanna Nolan, who is ranked third in the league in scoring (17.8), posted the
league’s fourth triple-double of all-time (11 points, 10 rebounds, 11 assists)
on opening night.
· Shock forward Cheryl Ford, who is ranked second
in the league in rebounding (9.8) has helped the Shock dominate the glass as the
Shock lead the league in rebounding (36.8).
· New York’s Ann Wauters,
is ranked sixth in the league in field-goal percentage (.534).
Alana Beard has led the Mystics to a third place spot in the Eastern Conference
and is ranked eighth in the league in steals (1.82).
About the Western
· The Los Angeles Sparks are represented
by three-time WNBA All-Star MVP Lisa Leslie and five-time All-Star and new member
to the WNBA’s 3,000 point club Chamique Holdsclaw.
Katie Smith, who ranks third on the WNBA’s all-time scoring list and is closing
in on 5,000 points for her WNBA/ABL career.
· San Antonio’s Marie
Ferdinand, who missed half of the 2004 season due to injury has bounced back to
All-Star form and will be making her third appearance.
DeMya Walker has helped the Monarchs post a conference best 11-5 record and she’s
averaging career bests in points, rebounds, steals, field-goal percentage and
· Houston’s Michelle Snow, who was the
2003 WNBA Most Improved Player has continued her progress and leads the league
in field-goal percentage (.587) and is ranked fifth in rebounding (7.1) and sixth
in blocked shots (1.62).
Snow will be one of several first-time All-Stars.|
Detroit Shock’s Swin Cash has been activated
for tonight’s game versus the Houston Comets and therefore, will play in
her second WNBA All-Star Game on Saturday.
The 2005 WNBA All-Star Game will
be hosted by the Connecticut Sun on Saturday, July 9 at the Mohegan Sun Arena.
The game will be televised nationally on ABC at 4:00 p.m. EDT. The WNBA tipped
off its ninth season on Saturday, May 21, 2005 under the leadership of new President
Donna Orender. In 2004, for the sixth consecutive season, more than two million
fans attended WNBA games. Also in 2004, three consecutive WNBA Finals sellout
crowds witnessed the Seattle Storm defeat the Connecticut Sun to capture its first
WNBA Championship. WNBA programming is broadcast on ABC, ESPN, ESPN2 and NBA-TV.
2005 WNBA ALL-STAR ROSTERS
WESTERN CONFERENCE ALL-STARS
Coach: Anne Donovan (Seattle)
-Sue Bird - Seattle Storm - Guard
Ferdinand - San Antonio Silver Stars - Guard
-Yolanda Griffith - Sacramento
Monarchs - Center
-Chamique Holdsclaw - Los Angeles Sparks - Forward
Jackson - Seattle Storm - Forward
-Lisa Leslie - Los Angeles Sparks - Center
Smith - Minnesota Lynx - Guard
-Michelle Snow - Houston Comets - Center
Swoopes - Houston Comets - Guard
-Diana Taurasi - Phoenix Mercury - Guard
Walker - Sacramento Monarchs - Forward
EASTERN CONFERENCE ALL-STARS
Coach: Mike Thibault (Connecticut)
-Alana Beard - Washington Mystics -Guard
Cash - Detroit Shock -Forward
-Tamika Catchings -Indiana Fever Forward
Ford - Detroit Shock - Forward
-Becky Hammon -New York - Liberty Guard
McWilliams-Franklin - Connecticut Sun - Forward
-Deanna Nolan - Detroit Shock
-Ruth Riley - Detroit Shock - Center
-Nykesha Sales - Connecticut
Sun - Guard
-Dawn Staley - Charlotte Sting - Guard
-Ann Wauters - New York