Lynx G Whalen Named as Replacement Player for WNBA vs. USA Basketball: The Stars at the Sun

NEW YORK, July 9, 2010 – Minnesota Lynx guard Lindsay Whalen, a former star with the Connecticut Sun, will return to Mohegan Sun Arena tomorrow as a replacement player in the WNBA vs. USA Basketball: The Stars at the Sun game WNBA President Donna Orender announced today.

The game, which will showcase the world’s best female basketball players at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn., on July 10, will be televised by ESPN at 3:30 p.m. E.T. and the coverage will be presented by adidas.

Whalen, who spent the first six seasons of her WNBA career with the Sun, will fill the spot on the WNBA squad vacated by Becky Hammon of the San Antonio Silver Stars. Hammon suffered a quadriceps injury in last night’s game at Minnesota.

With an average of 5.0 assists per game, Whalen leads the Lynx and ranks fourth in the WNBA while also contributing 10.8 points per contest.

The Lynx now have two players participating in the game, including Rebekkah Brunson, the WNBA’s leading rebounder (10.5 rpg), who was voted to the WNBA squad earlier this week by the league’s head coaches.

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).

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