Parker Leads West In Early Returns of All-Star Voting
Los Angeles – Los Angeles Sparks forward Candace Parker tops the Western Conference and ranks second overall with 15,623 votes following early returns of the 2013 WNBA All-Star Balloting presented by Boost Mobile, it was announced today by the WNBA. Chicago Sky rookie Elena Delle Donne leads all players with 16,761 votes.
Joining Parker as leading vote-getters in the Western Conference are five-time All-Star (2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011) and 2009 WNBA MVP Diana Taurasi of the Phoenix Mercury (12,625) and three-time All-Star (2006, 2007, 2011) and 2011 Finals MVP Seimone Augustus of the Minnesota Lynx (9,095) at the guard spots, along with frontcourt players Maya Moore of Minnesota (15,128) and Brittney Griner of Phoenix (10,620).
In addition to Delle Donne, the top vote-getters by position in the Eastern Conference include four-time All-Star (2006, 2007, 2009, 2011) Cappie Pondexter of the New York Liberty (8,670) and Epiphanny Prince of the Sky (6,898) at the guard positions, as well as seven-time All-Star (2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011) Tamika Catchings of the Indiana Fever (13,399) and 2009 WNBA Rookie of the Year Angel McCoughtry of the Eastern Conference-leading Atlanta Dream (8,660) at the frontcourt spots.
The Connecticut Sun will host the Boost Mobile WNBA All-Star Game for the third time in franchise history on Saturday, July 27. ABC will broadcast the game live at 3:30 p.m. ET from Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT.
The WNBA will announce the starters on July 18 during the nationally televised game on ESPN2 featuring the Phoenix Mercury at the Los Angeles Sparks at 10 p.m. ET. Reserves will be announced on ESPN2 on July 23, during the game between the New York Liberty and the Indiana Fever at 7:00 p.m. ET.
The Sparks next home game will be Tuesday, July 4 vs. New York Liberty at 12:30 at STAPLES Center. Individual and group tickets are available now by calling 877-44-SPARKS (772757) or visiting LASparks.com.
2013 WNBA ALL-STAR BALLOTING PRESENTED BY BOOST MOBILE
WESTERN CONFERENCE -- EARLY RETURNS LEADERS
Guards: Diana Taurasi (Phx) 12,625; Seimone Augustus (Minn) 9,095; Skylar Diggins (Tul) 7,764; Lindsay Whalen (Minn) 6,834; Kristi Toliver (LA) 3,797; Lindsey Harding (LA) 3,776; Becky Hammon (SA) 2,984; Danielle Robinson (SA) 2,420; Candice Wiggins (Tul) 2,178; Temeka Johnson (Sea) 1,195
Frontcourt: Candace Parker (LA) 15,623; Maya Moore (Minn) 15,128; Brittney Griner (Phx) 10,620; Glory Johnson (Tul) 6,031; Nneka Ogwumike (LA) 5,556; Rebekkah Brunson (Minn) 4,862; Tina Thompson (LA) 4,713; DeWanna Bonner (Phx) 4,560; Candice Dupree (Phx) 4,308; Janel McCarville (Minn) 2,604; Alana Beard 2,563; Liz Cambage 2,017
EASTERN CONFERENCE -- EARLY RETURNS LEADERS
Guards: Cappie Pondexter (NY) 8,670; Epiphanny Prince (Chi) 6,898; Ivory Latta (Wsh) 6,772; Kara Lawson (Con) 5,785; Katie Douglas (Ind) 5,230; Briann January (Ind) 4,098; Courtney Vandersloot 3,467; Tiffany Hayes (Atl) 2,534; Allison Hightower (CON) 1,832; Armintie Herrington (Atl) 1,749
Frontcourt: Elena Delle Donne (Chi) 16,761; Tamika Catchings (Ind) 13,399; Angel McCoughtry (Atl) 8,660; Tina Charles (Con) 8,066;Sylvia Fowles (Chi) 6,633; Swin Cash (Chi) 5,854; Shavonte Zellous (Ind) 3,139; Kara Braxton (NY) 1,883; Erlana Larkins (Ind) 1,819; Crystal Langhorne (Wsh) 1,798; Erika de Souza (Atl) 1,783.