CATCHINGS AND DOUGLAS LEAD ALL-STAR VOTING IN EASTERN CONFERENCE

Indiana Fever stars Tamika Catchings and Katie Douglas each lead their respective positions in nationwide voting for the 2009 Eastern Conference All-Star Team. Catchings leads all Eastern Conference vote-getters and is second in overall voting throughout the WNBA, trailing Diana Taurasi of the Phoenix Mercury. Douglas is third overall in the East.

Catchings has received more votes (32,266) than any forward in the East, with Douglas (22,407) pacing the votes for all East guards. Among Eastern Conference leaders, Fever center Tammy Sutton-Brown (15,132) is second in balloting at center, with Tully Bevilaqua (16,735) fourth among guards and Ebony Hoffman (14,608) fifth among forwards.

Balloting continues through July 7 in WNBA arenas, on WNBA.com and all team websites. The 2009 WNBA All-Star Game will be nationally televised on ABC on Saturday, July 25 (3:30 p.m. ET), from Connecticutís Mohegan Sun Arena.

Catchings, a five-time All-Star, finished balloting as the Eastís leading vote-getter in 2005 and 2006. She is currently averaging 14.6 points, 6.5 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 3.1 steals per game. Douglas, a two-time All-Star who was voted the All-Star Game MVP in 2006, currently leads the Fever with 18.1 points per game, while averaging 3.3 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.6 steals. The Fever sits atop the Eastern Conference with a 6-2 record while matching a franchise mark with six straight wins.

Complete WNBA All-Star voting first returns, as announced by the WNBA on July 2:

EASTERN CONFERENCE FIRST RETURNS

Forwards: Tamika Catchings (Ind) 32,266; Candice Dupree (Chi) 19,345; Asjha Jones (Conn) 15,300; Marissa Coleman (Wash) 14,854; Ebony Hoffman (Ind) 14,608; Chamique Holdsclaw (Atl) 11,475; Taj McWilliams (Det) 10,724; Nakia Sanford (Wash) 10,290; Chen Nan (Chi) 9,328; Amber Holt (Conn) 9,203; Plenette Pierson (Det) 6,048; Angel McCoughtry (Atl) 5,837; Shameka Christon (NY) 5,177; Cathrine Kraayeveld (NY) 4,060; Erika de Souza (Atl) 3,434.

Centers: Sylvia Fowles (Chi) 22,446; Tammy Sutton-Brown (Ind) 15,132; Cheryl Ford (Det) 11,407; Chasity Melvin (Wash) 11,177; Janel McCarville (NY) 10,226; Tamika Whitmore (Conn) 10,205; Michelle Snow (Atl) 5,418.

Guards: Katie Douglas (Ind) 22,407; Lindsay Whalen (Conn) 21,428; Alana Beard (Wash) 19,721; Tully Bevilaqua (Ind) 16,735; Lindsey Harding (Wash) 14,580; Deanna Nolan (Det) 13,901; Katie Smith (Det) 12,916; Jia Perkins (Chi) 12,516; Erin Phillips (Conn) 12,124; Kristi Toliver (Chi) 12,100; Nikki Teasley (Atl) 6,001; Loree Moore (NY) 4,937; Essence Carson (NY) 4,252.

WESTERN CONFERENCE FIRST RETURNS

Forwards: Cappie Pondexter (Phx) 26,701; Lauren Jackson (Sea) 18,169; DeWanna Bonner (Phx) 17,973; Swin Cash (Sea) 17,221; Tina Thompson (LA) 15,981; Sophia Young (SA) 15,073; DeLisha Milton-Jones (LA) 10,850; Seimone Augustus (Min) 10,085; Erin Perperoglou (SA) 9,996; Nicole Powell (Sac) 4,837; Rebecca Brunson (Sac) 4,186.

Centers: Lisa Leslie (LA) 24,305; Tangela Smith (Phx) 16,730; Ruth Riley (SA) 15,543; Nicky Anosike (Min) 8,580; Janell Burse (Sea) 6,585; DeMya Walker (Sac) 4,366.

Guards: Diana Taurasi (Phx) 32,921; Sue Bird (Sea) 21,962; Becky Hammon (SA) 18,050; Temeka Johnson (Phx) 17,775; Candace Parker (LA) 9,579; Vickie Johnson (SA) 9,271; Renee Montgomery (Min) 7,860; Kelly Miller (Min) 7,716; Betty Lennox (LA) 6,334; Candice Wiggins (Min) 5,999; Kara Lawson (Sac) 5,451; Ticha Penicheiro (Sac) 5,081; Tanisha Wright (Sea) 4,025.