Penny Taylor Named All-Star Reserve
Mercury forward Penny Taylor was named a reserve for the 2011 WNBA All-Star Game presented by adidas, the league announced today. It marks Taylor’s third career All-Star appearance and second as a member of the Mercury (2002, 2007). She will join teammate Diana Taurasi in the midseason showcase this Saturday.
San Antonio Silver Stars guard Becky Hammon and forward Danielle Adams headline the reserves. Adams, a second round pick (20th selection overall) in the 2011 WNBA Draft presented by adidas, is one of a record 10 players, four starters and six reserves, making their first All-Star appearances, the most since 2000 when nine were selected.
The 2011 WNBA All-Star Game presented by adidas will be nationally broadcast on ABC, Saturday, July 23 at 3:30 p.m. ET (2:30 p.m. CT) from San Antonio. It is the first time the San Antonio Silver Stars are hosting the WNBA’s midseason showcase.
Reserves were selected by the league’s 12 head coaches. Coaches were not permitted to vote for players on their own team, and selected reserves by voting for six players within their own conference, including two guards, two forwards, one center and one player regardless of position.
Hammon will be making her sixth All-Star appearance, becoming the first player to be selected an All-Star three times with two different teams (2003, 2005, 2006 with New York, and 2007, 2009, 2011 with San Antonio). Adams leads all rookies in scoring (15.7 ppg) and is tied for second in rebounding (5.0 rpg). She also received the most write-in votes (3,669) by fans in the 2011 WNBA All-Star balloting presented by T-Mobile.
Joining Hammon and Adams, as reserves for the Western Conference are Taylor, and a trio of Minnesota teammates: forward Rebekkah Brunson, and guards Seimone Augustus and Lindsay Whalen. Minnesota guard Maya Moore was voted by fans as a starter, giving the Lynx the most players selected from one team for a WNBA All-Star Game since 2006 when all five players in the Connecticut Sun starting lineup were selected.
In the East, Chicago center Sylvia Fowles, making her second All-Star appearance, is one of three Sky teammates named reserves, including first-time All-Stars, guards Epiphanny Prince and Courtney Vandersloot. Rounding out the East reserves are three other first-time All-Stars: Connecticut Sun guard Renee Montgomery, New York Liberty forward Essence Carson, and Washi
ngton Mystics forward Crystal Langhorne.
This season’s rookies continue to impress, as Adams, Moore and Vandersloot mark the most rookies selected for an All-Star Game since 2006 when Augustus, Cappie Pondexter, Sophia Young and Candice Dupree were selected. Moore is also the first rookie voted to start in the WNBA All-Star Game since Tamika Catchings and Sue Bird in 2002.
Following are the reserves selected for the 2011 WNBA All-Star Game presented by adidas:
Western Conference Reserves:
Danielle Adams, Forward (San Antonio Silver Stars)
Rebekkah Brunson, Forward (Minnesota Lynx)
Penny Taylor, Forward (Phoenix Mercury)
Seimone Augustus, Guard (Minnesota Lynx)
Becky Hammon, Guard (San Antonio Silver Stars)
Lindsay Whalen, Guard (Minnesota Lynx)
Eastern Conference Reserves:
Essence Carson, Forward (New York Liberty)
Crystal Langhorne, Forward (Washington Mystics)
Sylvia Fowles, Center (Chicago Sky)
Renee Montgomery, Guard (Connecticut Sun)
Epiphanny Prince, Guard (Chicago Sky)
Courtney Vandersloot, Guard (Chicago Sky)
Replacement players, who will take the roster spot of players who cannot play due to injury, will be named by the WNBA President on July 20. Any changes to the starting lineup necessitated by injury would subsequently be made by the head coach of the respective team.
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.