HARDING, CURRIE NAMED AS REPLACEMENT PLAYERS FOR WNBA VS. USA BASKETBALL: THE STARS AT THE SUN

NEW YORK, July 8, 2010 – Washington Mystics teammates Monique Currie and Lindsey Harding have been named as replacement players for the WNBA vs. USA Basketball: The Stars at the Sun game WNBA President Donna Orender announced today. Currie and Harding, both of whom attended Duke University, will take the court for the WNBA squad.

Currie, a fifth-year forward, will fill the spot vacated by the Seattle Storm’s Lauren Jackson, who suffered a concussion last Saturday against the Los Angeles Sparks. Harding, a fifth-year guard, will assume the roster spot vacated by the Atlanta Dream’s Sancho Lyttle, who also is sidelined with a concussion.

The Mystics now have three players participating in the game, including Crystal Langhorne, Washington’s leader in scoring (17.0 ppg) and rebounding (9.8 rpg), who was voted to the WNBA squad earlier this week by the league’s head coaches.

Currie, who is averaging 14.8 points and 5.0 rebounds per game, ranks second on the Mystics to Langhorne in both categories. Harding, the first overall pick in the 2007 WNBA Draft and now in her second season with Washington, leads the Mystics in assists (4.4 apg) and ranks third in scoring (13.2 ppg).

Serving as head coach of the WNBA stars will be Brian Agler of the Seattle Storm, who earned the honor by virtue of his team having the best winning percentage through games of July 1. Nancy Darsch, the lead assistant under Agler with the Storm, will serve in the same capacity with the WNBA team during The Stars at the Sun.

The USA Basketball Women’s National Team is coached by Geno Auriemma, University of Connecticut Women’s Basketball Coach. His assistants are Doug Bruno (head coach, DePaul University), Jennifer Gillom (head coach, Los Angeles Sparks) and Marynell Meadors (head coach, Atlanta Dream).

Both coaching staffs will name their respective starting lineups at a later date.

About USA Basketball
Based in Colorado Springs, Colo., USA Basketball is a nonprofit organization and the national governing body for men's and women's basketball in the United States. As the recognized governing body for basketball in the United States by the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), USA Basketball is responsible for the selection, training and fielding of USA teams that compete in FIBA sponsored international basketball competitions, as well as for some national competitions. For further information about USA Basketball, go to the official Web site of USA Basketball at www.usabasketball.com.

About the WNBA
The WNBA is a unique global sports property combining competition, sportsmanship, and entertainment value with its status as an icon for social change, achievement, and diversity. Now in its 14th season, the WNBA features 12 teams and is the most successful women’s professional team sports league in the world. Following a 2009 campaign that saw regular season attendance increase for the third consecutive year and increased viewership on ESPN2 for the second straight summer, the 2010 season tipped off with tremendous momentum on May 15. For more information on the WNBA, log on to www.wnba.com.