Candice Dupree Named All-Star Reserve
PHOENIX – Phoenix Mercury forward Candice Dupree tonight was named a reserve for the Western Conference WNBA All-Star team, the league announced tonight. For the second time in team history and the first time since 2007, the Mercury will have three All-Stars, as Dupree joins guard DianaTaurasi and center Brittney Griner, who were voted starters. Boost Mobile WNBA All-Star 2014 will take place at US Airways Center in Phoenix on Saturday, July 19 and will be televised nationally on ESPN with a tip-off of 12:30 p.m. Phoenix time.
One of the league’s most underrated starts and a key piece of the Mercury’s league-best 16-3 (.842) record, Dupree earns the fourth All-Star honor of her career, first as a member of the Mercury, and first overall since 2009. The eight-year pro is averaging 15.2 points (9th in WNBA) and 6.9 rebounds (15th in WNBA), and has scored in double figures in 15 of Phoenix’s 19 games. Dupree owns four double-doubles this season and a franchise-record 28 in five seasons with Phoenix. On July 2 vs. Chicago, she had one of her best games of the season, scoring 26 points and grabbing 14 rebounds. That same night, she became the 22nd player in WNBA history to surpass the 4,000-point plateau.
Phoenix last had three All-Stars in its first championship season in 2007 (Taurasi, Cappie Pondexter and Penny Taylor).
A limited number of tickets for Boost Mobile WNBA All-Star 2014 are still available and can be purchased online at phoenixmercury.com/allstar, at the US Airways Center Ticket Office or by calling 602.252.WNBA. For every All-Star Game ticket sold, the Mercury will donate $1 to its “All-Stars and Stripes” program benefiting local military heroes and their families.
Phoenix will also host Fan Fest on Friday at Downtown CityScape beginning at 4 p.m. Fans are invited to enjoy live music and entertainment, inflatable games, basketball hoops, All-Star ticket giveaways, appearances by WNBA players and more. Fan Fest is free of charge and fun for all ages.