Phillips, Weatherspoon to Start in All-Star Game

NEW YORK, July 7 -- For the fourth consecutive year, multiple Liberty players will represent New York in the WNBA All-Star Game. With balloting complete for the 2002 WNBA All-Star Game, Liberty guard Teresa Weatherspoon and center Tari Phillips have been named as starters.

Weatherspoon, who will be making her fourth start as an All-Star, tallied 80,973 votes, close to 25,000 more than Charlotte's Dawn Staley, who was second in the voting for Eastern Conference gaurds with 56,993.

"The All-Star Game is always fun, but for me it is something more, something special because it is a vote of confidence and recognition by the fans," said Spoon. "To be chosen by the fans, especially four years in a row now, is an honor. Starting this game as a WNBA All-Star is a privilege I try to live up to every day -- both on and off the court."

Phillips will be making her third All-Star appearance, her second as a starter.

"WNBA fans are amazing. They know the sport and the players so well, that they see everything on the court," Phillips said. "To be voted onto the team as a starter really means so much to me; I am grateful to the fans for the support they show not only to me, but for our team. I can't wait to get to Washington and represent the Liberty with Spoon."

Starters for the 2002 WNBA All-Star Game, to be played at MCI Center in Washington, D.C., on Monday, July 15, were determined by fans around the country. Balloting was conducted online at wnba.com and sports.yahoo.com, in all 16 WNBA arenas and in other venues, including ESPN Zones nationwide, the NBA Store and NBA City.

Voting on WNBA.com eclipsed the previous All-Star voting record by more than 32 percent, with more than one million online votes received. The new record represents the first time All-Star voting on WNBA.com has surpassed the one million mark.

Each conference's eight head coaches will select the remaining All-Star players, with the reserves to be announced on Wednesday, July 10. Michael Cooper of the Los Angeles Sparks and Anne Donovan of the Charlotte Sting will coach the Western Conference and Eastern Conference All-Stars, respectively.

The 2002 WNBA All-Star Game will be televised nationally on ESPN beginning at 7:30 p.m. ET on July 15. Fans may purchase tickets to the game by calling 1-800-551-SEAT, through all Ticketmaster outlets, online at WNBA.com and ticketmaster.com, and at the MCI Center box office. Ticket prices start at $10.