Los Angeles – Los Angeles Sparks guard Kristi Toliver and forward Nneka Ogwumike have been chosen by WNBA head coaches to make their first All-Star appearance as Western Conference reserves, it was announced today by the WNBA.

Toliver, the reigning Most Improved Player, and WNBA 2012 Rookie of the Year Nneka Ogwumike will join Candace Parker in representing the Sparks at the 2013 Boost Mobile WNBA All-Star Game on Saturday, July 27 at 3:30 p.m. ET from Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn.

Toliver heads to her first All-Star appearance carrying averages of 3.4 assists, 14.8 points and 1.24 steals through 17 games. Ogwumike sits No. 2 in field goal percentage (.593), is tied for sixth in double-doubles (4) and ranks eighth in rebounds (7.5 rpg).

Reserves were chosen 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, three frontcourt players and one player regardless of position.

Following are the reserves selected for the 2013 Boost Mobile WNBA All-Star Game:

Eastern Conference Reserves: Western Conference Reserves:

Tina Charles, Frontcourt (Connecticut Sun) Rebekkah Brunson, Frontcourt (Minnesota Lynx)

Sylvia Fowles, Frontcourt (Chicago Sky Glory Johnson, Frontcourt (Tulsa Shock)

Alison Hightower, Guard (Connecticut Sun) Nneka Ogwumike, Frontcourt (Los Angeles Sparks)

Crystal Langhorne, Frontcourt (Washington Mystics) Danielle Robinson, Guard (San Antonio Silver Stars)

Ivory Latta, Guard (Washington Mystics) Kristi Toliver, Guard (Los Angeles Sparks)

Shavonte Zellous, Guard (Indiana Fever) Lindsay Whalen, Guard (Minnesota Lynx)

Replacement players, who will take the roster spot of players who cannot play due to injury, will be named by WNBA President Laurel J. Richie on July 24. Any changes to the starting lineup necessitated by injury would subsequently be made by the head coach of the respective team.

All-Star reserves announced

By virtue of winning their respective conference titles last season, Indiana head coach Lin Dunn will coach the Eastern Conference, and the Western Conference will be led by Minnesota’s Cheryl Reeve.



Head Coach: Lin Dunn (Indiana Fever)

Player Team Position

Tamika Catchings* - Indiana Fever - Frontcourt

Tina Charles - Connecticut Sun - Frontcourt

Elena Delle Donne*^+ - Chicago Sky - Frontcourt

Sylvia Fowles - Chicago Sky - Frontcourt

Allison Hightower^ - Connecticut Sun - Guard

Crystal Langhorne - Washington Mystics - Frontcourt

Ivory Latta^ - Washington Mystics - Guard

Angel McCoughtry* - Atlanta Dream - Frontcourt

Cappie Pondexter* - New York Liberty - Guard

Epiphanny Prince* - Chicago Sky - Guard

Shavonte Zellous^ - Indiana Fever - Guard


Head Coach: Cheryl Reeve (Minnesota Lynx)

Player Team Position

Seimone Augustus* - Minnesota Lynx - Guard

Rebekkah Brunson - Minnesota Lynx - Frontcourt

Brittney Griner*^+ - Phoenix Mercury - Frontcourt

Glory Johnson^ - Tulsa Shock - Frontcourt

Maya Moore* - Minnesota Lynx - Frontcourt

Nneka Ogwumike^ - Los Angeles Sparks - Frontcourt

Candace Parker* - Los Angeles Sparks - Frontcourt

Danielle Robinson^ - San Antonio Silver - Stars Guard

Diana Taurasi* - Phoenix Mercury - Guard

Kristi Toliver^ - Los Angeles Sparks - Guard

Lindsay Whalen - Minnesota Lynx - Guard

* denotes member of the starting lineup, as voted by the fans

^ denotes first-time All-Star selection

# denotes injured and will be unable to participate in the WNBA All-Star Game

+ denotes rookie

The Sparks next home game is Thursday, July 25 vs. Seattle Storm at 12:30 p.m. Individual and group tickets are available now by calling 877-44-SPARKS (772757) or visiting