Sheryl Swoopes and Tamika Catchings Still Lead 2005 WNBA All-Star Balloting

NEW YORK, JUNE 21 - Houston Comets forward Sheryl Swoopes leads all Western Conference players, and Indiana Fever forward Tamika Catchings tops the Eastern Conference in votes received after the second returns of the 2005 WNBA All-Star Balloting Program. Swoopes, who led the WNBA in All-Star votes in 1999, 2000, 2002 and 2003, maintains an overall lead over Catchings and Seattle's Sue Bird.

Swoopes and Catchings remain in lead so far.
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Starters for the 2005 WNBA All-Star Game will be determined by fan balloting, which began on May 28 and runs through June 23. Reserve players will subsequently be selected by the League's Eastern and Western Conference head coaches. The second return results reflect fan voting from in-arena ballots from all 13 WNBA cities and online balloting on WNBA.com.

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Swoopes, who is tied for second in the league in scoring (18.2), second in steals (2.60) and 13th in assists (3.4), leads all players with 77,343 votes. The other leading candidates in the Western Conference are: Houston Comets forward Janeth Arcain (39,787 votes); Seattle guard Sue Bird (51,509 votes); Phoenix Mercury guard Diana Taurasi(45,676 votes); and Houston Comets center Michelle Snow (42,471 votes).

Catchings, who is currently averaging 15.1 points, 7.5 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 2.36 steals, has tallied 55,791 votes. The other leading candidates in the Eastern Conference are:

Detroit Shock forward Swin Cash (50,274 votes); Detroit center Ruth Riley (49,391 votes); Charlotte Sting guard Dawn Staley (33,643 votes); and New York Liberty guard Becky Hammon (32,912 votes).

The 2005 WNBA All-Star Game will be hosted by the Connecticut Sun on Saturday, July 9 at the Mohegan Sun Arena. The game will be televised nationally on ABC at 4:00 p.m. EDT.

2005 WNBA All-Star tickets are currently on sale and can be purchased by calling 1-877-WNBA-TIX, through all Ticketmaster outlets, on-line at WNBA.com and ticketmaster.com as well as the Mohegan Sun box office. Ticket prices start at $15.

The WNBA tipped off its ninth season on Saturday, May 21, 2005 under the leadership of new President Donna Orender. In 2004, for the sixth consecutive season, more than two million fans attended WNBA games. Also in 2004, three consecutive WNBA Finals sellout crowds witnessed the Seattle Storm defeat the Connecticut Sun to capture its first WNBA Championship. WNBA programming is broadcast on ABC, ESPN, ESPN2 and NBA-TV. For more information, visit WNBA.com.

Complete second return voting results from the 2005 WNBA All-Star Balloting Program follow.

WESTERN CONFERENCE FIRST RETURNS

Forwards: Sheryl Swoopes (Hou) 77,343; Janeth Arcain (Hou) 39,787; Lauren Jackson (Sea) 36,357; Chamique Holdsclaw (LA) 34,974; DeMya Walker (Sac) 19,961; Rebekkah Brunson (Sac) 16,221; LaToya Thomas (SA) 11,700; Svetlana Abrosimova (Min) 10,399; Kendra Wecker (SA) 10,128; Penny Taylor (Pho) 9108; Alicia Thompson (Sea) 7983; Tamika Williams (Min) 7629; Mwadi Mabika (LA) 6899; Sandora Irvin (Pho) 5359.

Centers: Michelle Snow (Hou) 42,471; Lisa Leslie (LA) 38,608; Yolanda Griffith (Sac) 37,670; Nicole Ohlde (Min) 8284; Adrian Williams (SA) 7121; Suzy Batkovic (Sea) 7090; Kamila Vodichkova (Pho) 6739.

Guards: Sue Bird (Sea) 51,509; Diana Taurasi (Pho) 45,676; Dominique Canty (Hou) 31,981; Ticha Penicheiro (Sac) 25,616; Adrienne Goodson (Hou) 23,903; Kara Lawson (Sac) 18,638; Marie Ferdinand (SA) 15,848; Betty Lennox (Sea) 13,973; Katie Smith (Min) 13,549; Shannon Johnson (SA) 13,097; Nikki Teasley (LA) 12,595; Anna DeForge (Pho) 9427; Tamecka Dixon (LA) 7782; Kristi Harrower (Min) 2932.

EASTERN CONFERENCE FIRST RETURNS

Forwards: Tamika Catchings (Ind) 55,791; Swin Cash (Det) 50,274; Cheryl Ford (Det) 35,350; Katie Douglas (CT) 24,188; Taj McWilliams-Franklin (CT) 24,012; Tangela Smith (Cha) 16,465; Natalie Williams (Ind) 14,110; Elena Baranova (NY) 13,296; Tammy Sutton-Brown (Cha) 12,185; DeLisha Milton-Jones (Was) 11,869; Crystal Robinson (NY) 10,332; Murriel Page (Was) 8294.

Centers: Ruth Riley (Det) 49,391; Margo Dydek (CT) 27,741; Janel McCarville (Cha) 21,911; Kelly Schumacher (Ind) 18,446; Chasity Melvin (Was) 12,228; Ann Wauters (NY) 12,080.

Guards: Dawn Staley (Cha) 33,643; Becky Hammon (NY) 32,912; Deanna Nolan (Det) 32,819; Lindsay Whalen (CT) 31,371; Alana Beard (Was) 31,369; Nykesha Sales (CT) 24,042; Elaine Powell (Det) 16,942; Allison Feaster (Cha) 16,061; Vickie Johnson (NY) 15,649; Kelly Miller (Ind) 14,271; Tan White (Ind) 12,978; Coco Miller (Was) 12,192.

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