Tamika Catchings is Top Vote-Getter in 2011 WNBA All-Star Balloting Presented by T-Mobile
NEW YORK, July 14, 2011 - Indiana Fever forward Tamika Catchings led all players with 32,706 votes in the 2011 WNBA All-Star Balloting Presented by T-Mobile. Catchings received the most votes for the third time in her career, having also achieved the mark in 2006 and 2009. Seattle Storm guard Sue Bird (25,077), the second leading vote-getter, paced the Western Conference.
Minnesota Lynx forward Maya Moore (21,379), the first overall selection in the 2011 WNBA Draft presented by adidas, is the first rookie voted to start in the WNBA All-Star game since Catchings and Bird in 2002.
The 2011 WNBA All-Star Game will be nationally broadcast on ABC, Saturday, July 23 at 3:30 p.m. ET (2:30 p.m. CT) from San Antonio. It is the first time the San Antonio Silver Stars are hosting the WNBA’s midseason showcase.
Joining Catchings in the Eastern Conference starting lineup are New York Liberty guard Cappie Pondexter (20,226), Indiana guard Katie Douglas (18,598), Connecticut Sun center Tina Charles (17,205) and Atlanta Dream forward Angel McCoughtry (14,310). It is the first time Pondexter has been voted a starter in her fourth All-Star selection. For Charles and McCoughtry, the last two Rookie of the Year winners, it marks the first time each has been named a WNBA All-Star.
Selected as starters for the Western Conference alongside Bird and Moore are Phoenix Mercury guard Diana Taurasi (22,406), the third leading vote-getter, Los Angeles Sparks center Candace Parker (19,376) and Storm forward Swin Cash (14,907).
Catchings (2002-03, 2005-07, 2009, 2011), Bird (2002-03, 2005-07, 2009, 2011) and Taurasi (2005-07, 2009, 2011) have been voted starters for every WNBA All-Star Game since they entered the league.
Following are the starting lineups for the 2011 WNBA All-Star Game:
|2011 WNBA All-Star Starters|
|Western Conference||Eastern Conference|
|G - Sue Bird (Seattle Storm)||G - Cappie Pondexter (New York Liberty)|
|G - Diana Taurasi (Phoenix Mercury)||G - Katie Douglas (Indiana Fever)|
|F - Maya Moore (Minnesota Lynx)||F - Tamika Catchings (Indiana Fever)|
|F - Swin Cash (Seattle Storm)||F - Angel McCoughtry (Atlanta Dream)|
|C - Candace Parker (Los Angeles Sparks)||C - Tina Charles (Connecticut Sun)|