PARTICIPANTS NAMED FOR 2010 WNBA VS. USA BASKETBALL: STARS AT THE SUN PREGAME CHALLENGE

NEW YORK, July 9, 2010 – The top WNBA players will participate in the Three-Point Contest and the Skills Challenge as part of the 2010 WNBA vs. USA Basketball: The Stars at the Sun Pregame Challenge. The Pregame Challenge will take place prior to The Stars at the Sun game.

Six of the league’s elite shooters will compete over two rounds in the Three-Point Contest, including Sue Bird (Seattle Storm), Swin Cash (Seattle Storm), Katie Douglas (Indiana Fever), Monique Currie (Washington Mystics), Angel McCoughtry (Atlanta Dream), and Lindsay Whalen (Minnesota Lynx).

Players will have one minute to make as many three-pointers as they can from five shooting stations behind the arc. Each spot consists of five basketballs – four WNBA balls worth one point apiece and one “Money Ball” worth two points. The top three scorers will advance to the final round.

The Skills Challenge will feature six players competing to make a series of baskets while navigating an obstacle course. Lindsey Harding (Washington Mystics), Angel McCoughtry (Atlanta Dream), Cappie Pondexter (New York Liberty), Lindsay Whalen (Minnesota Lynx), Iziane Castro Marques (Atlanta Dream), and Renee Montgomery (Connecticut Sun) will participate in the event.

WNBA vs. USA Basketball: The Stars at the Sun will showcase the world’s best female basketball players at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn., on July 10. ESPN will televise the event at 3:30 p.m. ET, with coverage presented by adidas.

PARTICIPANTS FOR 2010 WNBA vs. USA Basketball: The Stars at the Sun PREGAME CHALLENGE

THREE-POINT CONTEST

Sue Bird Seattle Storm
Swin Cash Seattle Storm
Katie Douglas Indiana Fever
Monique Currie Washington Mystics
Angel McCoughtry Atlanta Dream
Lindsay Whalen Minnesota Lynx

SKILLS CHALLENGE

Iziane Castro Marques Atlanta Dream
Lindsey Harding Washington Mystics
Angel McCoughtry Atlanta Dream
Renee Montgomery Connecticut Sun
Cappie Pondexter New York Liberty
Lindsay Whalen Minnesota Lynx