Pondexter earns sixth All-Star selection and third career start
NEW YORK, NY – JULY 8, 2014 – New York Liberty guard Cappie Pondexter was voted a starter for the 2014 Boost Mobile WNBA All-Star Game, the league announced today. The game will be played at US Airways Center on Saturday, July 19 at 3:30 p.m. and broadcast live on ESPN.
Pondexter ranked second among all Eastern Conference guards with 10,104 votes, en route to earning her sixth All-Star selection (2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013) and third-straight as a starter.
Pondexter is enjoying another strong season in New York, placing second on the team in scoring with 15.2 points per game. She also shares the team lead in assists with 3.9 per game. Pondexter stands out as one of the Eastern Conference’s premier guards, ranking second in scoring, fourth in assists, and seventh in rebounding in the conference at her position. She has scored in double figures 13 times this season, including seven games with 20-plus points.
Following are the starting lineups for the 2014 Boost Mobile WNBA All-Star Game:
Eastern Conference Starters:
- Cappie Pondexter, Guard (New York Liberty)
- Shoni Schimmel, Guard (Atlanta Dream)
- Angel McCoughtry, Frontcourt (Atlanta Dream)
- Elena Delle Donne, Frontcourt (Chicago Sky)
- Tamika Catchings, Frontcourt (Indiana Fever)
- Diana Taurasi, Guard (Phoenix Mercury)
- Skylar Diggins, Guard (Tulsa Shock)
- Maya Moore, Frontcourt (Minnesota Lynx)
- Candace Parker, Frontcourt (Los Angeles Sparks)
- Brittney Griner, Frontcourt (Phoenix Mercury)
Replacement players, who will take the roster spot of players who cannot play due to injury, will be named by WNBA President Laurel J. Richie. Any changes to the starting lineup necessitated by injury will be made by the head coach of the respective All-Star team.
Under WNBA guidelines, the coach of the previous season's conference champion serves as the All-Star coach for that conference, provided that the coach remains in the same position. Since Fred Williams – head coach of the 2013 Eastern Conference champion Atlanta Dream – is now at the helm in Tulsa, the East head coach – Atlanta’s Michael Cooper – was selected based on the club with the best winning percentage through games on June 29. Cooper earned the honor after guiding his club to an 11-4 mark (.733) at that point in the season. Minnesota Head Coach Cheryl Reeve, who guided the Lynx to the 2013 WNBA title, will lead the West squad.