Seven First-Time All-Star Selections Headline Reserves for Boost Mobile WNBA All-Star Game 2013
The 11th Boost Mobile WNBA All-Star game will be held this Saturday, July 27 at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT. The festivities, which will be hosted by the Connecticut Sun for the third time in franchise history, will be telecast live by ABC Sports at 3:30 p.m. ET.
Highlighting the group of first-time selections is a pair of reigning award winners from the Los Angeles Sparks – guard Kristi Toliver, the WNBA’s 2012 Most Improved Player, and frontcourt player Nneka Ogwumike, the 2012 WNBA Rookie of the Year. Guards Allison Hightower (Connecticut Sun), Ivory Latta (Washington Mystics), Danielle Robinson (San Antonio Silver Stars), and Shavonte Zellous (Indiana Fever), as well as frontcourt player Glory Johnson (Tulsa Shock), round out the list of players who will make their All-Star debuts Saturday.
Reserves who are returning to the All-Star stage for a third time include Rebekkah Brunson and Lindsay Whalen (Minnesota Lynx), along with Sylvia Fowles (Chicago Sky). Reigning league MVP Tina Charles (Connecticut) and Crystal Langhorne (Washington) will each take part in her second All-Star contest.
Charles and Ogwumike, the No. 1 overall draft picks in 2010 and 2012, respectively, are two of eight former No. 1 selections on this year’s All-Star rosters. The others are starters Diana Taurasi (2004, Phoenix Mercury), Seimone Augustus (2006, Minnesota), Candace Parker (2008, Los Angeles), Angel McCoughtry (2009, Atlanta Dream), Maya Moore (2011, Minnesota), and Griner (2013, Phoenix).
For the Eastern Conference, Charles enters the Boost Mobile WNBA All-Star Game tied for the league-lead in double-doubles (10) and ranks second in rebounds (10.3 rpg). Joining her in the East frontcourt are Fowles, who leads the league in rebounding (11.9 rpg) and sits in third place in field goal percentage (.573), and Langhorne, a key figure in the turnaround of the Mystics while ranking fourth in field goal percentage (.563) and 12th in rebounding (6.7 rpg).
Among the trio of reserve guards for the East, Latta is posting personal career highs thus far in scoring (14.4 ppg) and assists (3.9 apg); Zellous, the league’s 13th-leading scorer (15.8 ppg), is putting up career-best figures in nearly every major statistical category; and Hightower, with 13.4 ppg, has nearly doubled her previous best campaign.
For the Western Conference, Toliver, who ranks in the top 16 in the league in assists (3.4 apg), scoring (14.8 ppg), and steals (1.24 spg), will be joined at the guard spot by fellow reserves Whalen and Robinson. Whalen has helped the Lynx to a league-best 13-3 record and ranks fourth in the WNBA in assists (5.3 apg) and 10th in scoring (16.1 ppg). Robinson sits atop the WNBA leaderboard in assists (6.6 apg) and ranks seventh in steals (1.65 spg).
Among the frontcourt reserves in the West, Brunson, who helped the Lynx to the 2011 WNBA championship and the 2012 Western Conference crown, is fourth in the league in rebounds (9.2 rpg) and tied with Fowles for third in double-doubles (7, trailing only co-leaders Charles and Johnson). Coupled with starters Seimone Augustus and Maya Moore, Brunson and Whalen give the Lynx four players in the 2013 Boost Mobile WNBA All-Star Game, the most of any team.
Rounding out the West frontcourt are Johnson, who ranks third in the WNBA in rebounding (10.2 rpg) and ninth in scoring (16.4 ppg), and Ogwumike, who sits at No. 2 in field goal percentage (.593, behind only Griner), is tied for sixth in double-doubles (4), and ranks eighth in rebounds (7.5 rpg).
Reserves were chosen by the league’s 12 head coaches. Coaches were not permitted to vote for players on their own team, and selected reserves by voting for six players within their own conference, including two guards, three frontcourt players, and one player regardless of position.
Following are the reserves selected for the 2013 Boost Mobile WNBA All-Star Game:
2013 BOOST MOBILE WNBA ALL-STAR GAME RESERVES
EASTERN CONFERENCE RESERVES
Guards: Alison Hightower (Connecticut Sun), Ivory Latta (Washington Mystics), Shavonte Zellous (Indiana Fever)
Frontcourt: Tina Charles (Connecticut Sun), Sylvia Fowles (Chicago Sky), Crystal Langhorne (Washington Mystics)
WESTERN CONFERENCE RESERVES
Guards: Danielle Robinson (San Antonio Silver Stars), Kristi Toliver (Los Angeles Sparks), Lindsay Whalen (Minnesota Lynx)
Frontcourt: Rebekkah Brunson (Minnesota Lynx), Glory Johnson (Tulsa Shock), Nneka Ogwumike (Los Angeles Sparks)
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 on July 24. Any changes to the starting lineup necessitated by injury would subsequently be made by the head coach of the respective team.
By virtue of winning their respective conference titles last season, Indiana head coach Lin Dunn will coach the Eastern Conference, and the Western Conference will be led by Minnesota’s Cheryl Reeve.
Individual tickets are available to the general public at Ticketmaster locations, including by phone at 1-800-745-3000, or online at ticketmaster.com or connecticutsun.com. Tickets can also be purchased at the Mohegan Sun Box Office from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.
|EASTERN CONFERENCE ALL-STARS|
|Head Coach: Lin Dunn (Indiana Fever)|
|Tamika Catchings*||Indiana Fever||Frontcourt|
|Tina Charles||Connecticut Sun||Frontcourt|
|Elena Delle Donne*^+||Chicago Sky||Frontcourt|
|Sylvia Fowles||Chicago Sky||Frontcourt|
|Allison Hightower^||Connecticut Sun||Guard|
|Crystal Langhorne||Washington Mystics||Frontcourt|
|Ivory Latta^||Washington Mystics||Guard|
|Angel McCoughtry*||Atlanta Dream||Frontcourt|
|Cappie Pondexter*||New York Liberty||Guard|
|Epiphanny Prince*||Chicago Sky||Guard|
|Shavonte Zellous^||Indiana Fever||Guard|
|WESTERN CONFERENCE ALL-STARS|
|Head Coach: Cheryl Reeve (Minnesota Lynx)|
|Seimone Augustus*||Minnesota Lynx||Guard|
|Rebekkah Brunson||Minnesota Lynx||Frontcourt|
|Brittney Griner*^+||Phoenix Mercury||Frontcourt|
|Glory Johnson^||Tulsa Shock||Frontcourt|
|Maya Moore*||Minnesota Lynx||Frontcourt|
|Nneka Ogwumike^||Los Angeles Sparks||Frontcourt|
|Candace Parker*||Los Angeles Sparks||Frontcourt|
|Danielle Robinson^||San Antonio Silver Stars||Guard|
|Diana Taurasi*||Phoenix Mercury||Guard|
|Kristi Toliver^||Los Angeles Sparks||Guard|
|Lindsay Whalen||Minnesota Lynx||Guard|
* denotes member of the starting lineup, as voted by the fans
^ denotes first-time All-Star selection
# denotes injured and will be unable to participate in the WNBA All-Star Game
+ denotes rookie
|WNBA ALL-STAR GAME HISTORY|
|Date||Location||Winning Team||Losing Team|
|July 14, 1999||Madison Square Garden (New York)||West 79||East 61|
|July 17, 2000||America West Arena (Phoenix)||West 73||East 61|
|July 16, 2001||TD Waterhouse Centre (Orlando)||West 80||East 72|
|July 15, 2002||MCI Center (Washington)||West 81||East 76|
|July 12, 2003||Madison Square Garden (New York)||West 84||East 75|
|July 9, 2005||Mohegan Sun Arena (Connecticut)||West 122||East 99|
|July 12, 2006||Madison Square Garden (New York)||East 98||West 82|
|July 15, 2007||Verizon Center (Washington)||East 103||West 99|
|July 25, 2009||Mohegan Sun Arena (Connecticut)||West 133||East 118|
|July 27, 2011||AT&T Center (San Antonio)||East 118||West 113|
* No All-Star game was held in 2004, 2008, and 2012 due to the Olympic Games in Athens, Beijing, and London, respectively.
Similarly, no All-Star game was played in 2010, due to the FIBA World Championships in Czech Republic.
An exhibition game was conducted at Radio City Music Hall in the summer of 2004, and in 2010, an exhibition game was held at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Conn. with a USA vs. WNBA format in the “WNBA vs. USA Basketball: The Stars at the Sun.”
The 2011 All-Star Game featured a record 10 first-time All-Stars and was marked by a halftime ceremony honoring the top 15 players in the WNBA’s 15-year history. Seattle's Cash led the West with 21 points and 12 rebounds and was named MVP for the second time. She joined Lisa Leslie as the only other player with multiple WNBA All-Star MVP awards. Cash also earned the honor in 2009.