Tina Charles And Allison Hightower Named To 2013 Eastern Conference All-Star Team

UNCASVILLE, Conn. (July 23, 2013) – Sun center Tina Charles and guard Allison Hightower were named to the Eastern Conference All-Star team as reserves on Tuesday, and will represent the Connecticut Sun on Saturday, July 27th, when the 2013 Boost Mobile WNBA All-Star Game is contested at Mohegan Sun Arena.

“My heart about stopped,” Hightower said Tuesday of being named to the team. “It is just a great feeling being one of the players that is going to the All-Star Game. It’s an honor.”

Hightower, a fourth-year guard, is having a career year for the Sun. She is averaging a career-high 13.4 points per game and had a career-high 23 points against San Antonio on July 14th. It will be her first All-Star appearance.

It will be Charles’ second All-Star contest. The league leader in double-doubles with 10, Charles is averaging a team-best 18.6 points and 10.3 rebounds. The reigning WNBA MVP, her rebounding average is second in the WNBA.

“It never gets old,” Charles said. “It’s an honor to play with such a talented group of fellow All-Stars. To be able to play on my home court makes it that much better.”

The All-Star reserves are chosen by the WNBA head coaches, who are limited to voting for players from the other teams in their own conference. They are not allowed to select their own players.

“Both players are so deserving of this honor,” Sun head coach Anne Donovan said. “Tina has been the anchor of this team all season and Allie has quietly emerged as one of the best two-way guards in the WNBA. I’m excited for both of them.”

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

Eastern Conference Reserves:
Tina Charles (Connecticut Sun)
Sylvia Fowles (Chicago Sky
Allison Hightower (Connecticut Sun)
Crystal Langhorne (Washington Mystics)
Ivory Latta (Washington Mystics)
Shavonte Zellous (Indiana Fever)

Western Conference Reserves:
Rebekkah Brunson (Minnesota Lynx)
Glory Johnson (Tulsa Shock)
Nneka Ogwumike (Los Angeles Sparks)
Danielle Robinson (San Antonio Silver Stars)
Kristi Toliver (Los Angeles Sparks)
Lindsay Whalen (Minnesota Lynx)

The 2013 Boost Mobile WNBA All-Star Game will be broadcast on ABC at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 27th. Tickets are still available and can be purchased online at http://bit.ly/allstar13tix. Family Four Packs are also available, with four tickets, four hot dogs, four popcorns and four sodas for just $60. Those can be purchased at http://bit.ly/allstar4pack.