Taurasi, Griner Named All-Star Starters
PHOENIX – Two members of the two-time WNBA Champion Phoenix Mercury will start Boost Mobile WNBA All-Star 2014 on their home floor next Saturday as guard Diana Taurasi and center Brittney Griner tonight were named Western Conference starters, the league has announced. The pair, which in 2013 became the first Mercury teammates voted starters, was elected by fans for the second consecutive year.
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.
Taurasi, now a seven-time All-Star, was the leading vote-getter among Western Conference guards (19,404), after a first half of the season that saw her win two conference Player of the Week awards (June 2-8 and June 30-July 8) and the June Player of the Month honor. Currently fifth in the WNBA in scoring (18.9 ppg) and second in assists (6.1 apg), last week Taurasi moved into second place on the WNBA’s all-time scoring list.
Griner, who was voted a starter in 2013 but did not play due to injury, is averaging career highs of 15.8 points, 8.3 rebounds and a league-leading 4.1 blocks in 2014. Griner, who set a WNBA record with 11 blocked shots in a single game on June 29, owns more total blocks this season than seven of the 11 other WNBA teams.
Joining Taurasi and Griner on the Western Conference squad are Skylar Diggins (Tulsa), Maya Moore (Minnesota) and Candace Parker (Los Angeles). The Eastern Conference All-Star starters are Shoni Schimmel (Atlanta), Cappie Pondexter (New York), Elena Delle Donne (Chicago), Angel McCoughtry (Atlanta) and Tamika Catchings (Indiana). All-Star reserves will be announced on ESPN2 on Tuesday, July 15, during the game between Los Angeles and the Indiana Fever (tip-off at 5 p.m. Phoenix time). Minnesota Head Coach Cheryl Reeve will coach the West and Atlanta Head Coach Michael Cooper will coach the East.
Individual tickets for Boost Mobile WNBA All-Star 2014 start at just $20 and can be purchased online at phoenixmercury.com/allstar, through Ticketmaster viaTicketmaster.com, by dialing 800-745-3000, or at the US Airways Center Ticket Office. 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, July 18 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.