CATCHINGS AMONG TOP 10 VOTE-GETTERS IN STARS AT THE SUN FAN BALLOTING

News Release | June 29, 2010
A six-time WNBA All-Star, seven-time All-WNBA recipient, three-time WNBA Defensive Player of the Year and two-time Olympic gold medalist, Indiana Fever superstar Tamika Catchings has been named among 10 top vote-getters in “WNBA vs. USA Basketball: The Stars at the Sun” Balloting presented by T-Mobile. In nationwide fan balloting online and in WNBA arenas, Catchings was the third-leading vote-getter overall and the leader from the Eastern Conference. Catchings trailed only Sue Bird (Seattle Storm) and Becky Hammon (San Antonio Silver Stars).

The top 10 vote-getters and votes received: Sue Bird (Sea) 127,490; Becky Hammon (SA) 116,391; Tamika Catchings (Ind) 100,248; Diana Taurasi (Phx) 93,649; Swin Cash (Sea) 85,236; Lauren Jackson (Sea) 80,392; Candace Parker (LA) 78,624; Jayne Appel (SA) 69,316; Michelle Snow (SA) 67,906; Sophia Young (SA) 65,974.

The Stars at the Sun will showcase the world’s best female basketball players under one roof when the WNBA’s top talent faces the USA Basketball Women’s National Team. The event will be hosted by the Connecticut Sun on Saturday, July 10 and will be televised nationally on ESPN at 3:30 p.m. ET.

The 10 players who received the most votes are guaranteed a position on team rosters. Catchings and other players voted in who are already in the USA National Team Pool will play on the USA Basketball team, led by head coach Geno Auriemma. Remaining players who have been voted in by the fans will play on the WNBA team, coached by the Seattle Storm’s Brian Agler. Auriemma will name the remaining players on the USA’s 11-player roster on July 1. WNBA coaches will vote on remaining members of the WNBA team, which will be announced July 6.