CATCHINGS AND DOUGLAS VOTED AS STARTERS FOR 2011 WNBA ALL-STAR GAME
Catchings is WNBA’s top overall vote-getter; Douglas finishes 3rd in East, 7th overall
July 14, 2011
INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Fever forward Tamika Catchings led all players with 32,706 votes in the 2011 WNBA All-Star Balloting Presented by T-Mobile while teammate Katie Douglas finished seventh in overall balloting and third in the WNBA’s Eastern Conference. Catchings received the most votes for the third time in her career, matching a distinction from 2006 and 2009.
It is the second time the Catchings-Douglas duo has been voted to the East’s All-Star Game starting lineup, repeating the feat from 2009 in the league’s last All-Star Game. It is the third time Indiana has been represented by two players in the starting lineup, counting Catchings and Anna DeForge in the 2007 game.
Seattle Storm guard Sue Bird (25,077), the second overall vote-getter, paced the Western Conference. Minnesota Lynx forward Maya Moore (21,379), who leads her club against the Fever on Friday at Conseco Fieldhouse, became the first rookie voted to start in the WNBA All-Star game since Catchings and Bird in 2002.
The 2011 WNBA All-Star Game will be nationally broadcast on ABC, Saturday, July 23 at 3:30 p.m. ET (2:30 p.m. CT) from San Antonio.
Joining Catchings and Douglas (18,598) in the Eastern Conference starting lineup are New York Liberty guard Cappie Pondexter (20,226), Connecticut Sun center Tina Charles (17,205) and Atlanta Dream forward Angel McCoughtry (14,310). Selected as starters for the Western Conference alongside Bird and Moore are Phoenix Mercury guard Diana Taurasi (22,406), the third leading vote-getter, Los Angeles Sparks center Candace Parker (19,376) and Storm forward Swin Cash (14,907).
Catchings (2002-03, 2005-07, 2009, 2011), Bird (2002-03, 2005-07, 2009, 2011) and Taurasi (2005-07, 2009, 2011) have been voted starters for every WNBA All-Star Game since they entered the league.
The league will announce the reserves, selected by the league’s 12 head coaches, on Tuesday, July 19 at 7 p.m. ET. Replacement players, who will take the roster spot of players who cannot play due to injury, will be named by the WNBA President. By virtue of winning their respective conference titles last season, Seattle’s Brian Agler will coach the Western Conference, and the Eastern Conference will be led by Atlanta’s Marynell Meadors.
2011 WNBA ALL-STAR BALLOTING PRESENTED BY T-MOBILE
EASTERN CONFERENCE -- FINAL RETURNS LEADERS
Forwards: Tamika Catchings (Ind) 32,706; Angel McCoughtry (Atl) 14,310; Asjha Jones (Conn) 9,767; Crystal Langhorne (Wash) 7,274; Plenette Pierson (NY) 6,985; Tangela Smith (Ind) 6,145; Nicole Powell (NY) 5,806; Michelle Snow (Chi) 5,634; Tan White (Conn) 4,341; Marissa Coleman (Wash) 4,200. Centers: Tina Charles (Conn) 17,205; Sylvia Fowles (Chi) 14,544; Nicky Anosike (Wash) 6,386; Tammy Sutton-Brown (Ind) 4,301. Guards: Cappie Pondexter (NY) 20,226; Katie Douglas (Ind) 18,598; Renee Montgomery (Conn) 12,511; Courtney Vandersloot (Chi) 9,560; Kara Lawson (Conn) 9,031; Essence Carson (NY) 4,901; Alana Beard (Wash) 4,855; Epiphanny Prince (Chi) 4,806; Lindsey Harding (Atl) 4,616; Iziane Castro Marques (Atl) 4,418; Kelly Miller (Wash) 3,740; Briann January (Ind) 3,706
WESTERN CONFERENCE -- FINAL RETURNS LEADERS
Forwards: Maya Moore (Minn) 21,379; Swin Cash (Sea) 14,907; Rebekkah Brunson (Minn) 12,223; Tina Thompson (LA) 11,813; Penny Taylor (Phx) 9,666; Sophia Young (SA) 9,553; Candice Dupree (Phx) 9,013; Camille Little (Sea) 5,462; Ruth Riley (SA) 5,430; Sheryl Swoopes (Tul) 5,031; Delisha Milton-Jones (LA) 4,049. Centers: Candace Parker (LA) 19,376; Lauren Jackson (Sea) 12,529; Taj McWilliams-Franklin (Minn) 8,572; Jayne Appel (SA) 5,315; Elizabeth Cambage (Tul) 4,217. Guards: Sue Bird (Sea) 25,077; Diana Taurasi (Phx) 22,406; Becky Hammon (SA) 16,538; Seimone Augustus (Minn) 10,119; Lindsay Whalen (Minn) 7,228; Kristi Toliver (LA) 5,498; Jia Perkins (SA) 4,980; Ivory Latta (Tul) 4,666; Ticha Penicheiro (LA) 4,624