Rookie Moore Named All-Star Starter


PAUL CRARY
Lynx Writer

Most rookies in the WNBA are just happy to make their respective teamís roster and contribute to the team in any way possible. Most rookies don't expect to start every game, be the first or second scoring option for their team and be expected to guard the opposing team's best offensive players. Most rookies can't even fathom making the WNBA All-Star game during their first year in the league. Then again, most rookies aren't like Lynx rookie Maya Moore.

The WNBA have announced the starters for the 2011 WNBA All-Star game. Lynx rookie Maya Moore was one of the five players named to represent and start for the Western Conference in this year's All-Star game in San Antonio. Moore received 21,279 fan votes (second most to Sue Birdís 25,077 in the Western Conference voting). The former University of Connecticut standout was the number one overall pick in the 2011 WNBA draft.

Moore becomes the first rookie voted to start in the WNBA All-Star game since Catchings and Bird started in the 2002 All-Star Game. The Lynx shooting guard is the first player in franchise history to be voted into the starting lineup and joins Betty Lennox (2000) and Seimone Augustus (2006) as the only Minnesota rookies to appear in the All-Star game. In her first 11 WNBA games, she has averaged 14.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.6 assists in 28.2 minutes per game. The young superstar understands the importance and meaning of playing in this yearís All-Star Game.

"Any time the fans take the effort to reach out to show that they want to see you play and appreciate your game - it always feels great. I think this year's All-Star Game is going to be spectacular because where we are as a league, with a lot of veterans involved and some of us brining the youth into the league. I'm excited to be a part of this year's All-Star Game." Moore said.

Maya will be joined by Seattle Stormís Sue Bird, Phoneix Mercuryís Dianna Taurasi, Los Angeles Sparks center Candace Parker, and Seattle Stormís Swin Cash as Western Conference All-Star game starters. The Eastern Conference starters are New York Liberty guard Cappie Pondexter, Indiana guards Katie Douglas and Tamika Catchings, Connecticut Sun center Tina Charles and Atlanta Dream forward Angel McCoughtry.

The reserves, selected by the coaches, will be announced on Tuesday, July 19. Lynx Rebekkah Brunson, Lindsay Whalen, Taj McWilliams-Franklin and Seimone Augustus are all All-Star candidates who will be considered by coaches to be 2011 All-Stars because of their spectacular respective seasons thus far. The 2011 WNBA All-Star Game will be nationally broadcast on ABC, Saturday, July 23 at 2:30 p.m. CDT) from San Antonio.


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