KRISTI TOLIVER AND NNEKA OGWUMIKE SELECTED AS RESERVES FOR 2013 WNBA ALL-STAR GAME
Toliver, the reigning Most Improved Player, and WNBA 2012 Rookie of the Year Nneka Ogwumike will join Candace Parker in representing the Sparks at the 2013 Boost Mobile WNBA All-Star Game on Saturday, July 27 at 3:30 p.m. ET from Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn.
Toliver heads to her first All-Star appearance carrying averages of 3.4 assists, 14.8 points and 1.24 steals through 17 games. Ogwumike sits No. 2 in field goal percentage (.593), 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:
Eastern Conference Reserves: Western Conference Reserves:
Tina Charles, Frontcourt (Connecticut Sun) Rebekkah Brunson, Frontcourt (Minnesota Lynx)
Sylvia Fowles, Frontcourt (Chicago Sky Glory Johnson, Frontcourt (Tulsa Shock)
Alison Hightower, Guard (Connecticut Sun) Nneka Ogwumike, Frontcourt (Los Angeles Sparks)
Crystal Langhorne, Frontcourt (Washington Mystics) Danielle Robinson, Guard (San Antonio Silver Stars)
Ivory Latta, Guard (Washington Mystics) Kristi Toliver, Guard (Los Angeles Sparks)
Shavonte Zellous, Guard (Indiana Fever) Lindsay Whalen, Guard (Minnesota Lynx)
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.
All-Star reserves announced
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.
2013 BOOST MOBILE WNBA ALL-STAR ROSTERS
EASTERN CONFERENCE ALL-STARS
Head Coach: Lin Dunn (Indiana Fever)
Player Team Position
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)
Player Team Position
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
The Sparks next home game is Thursday, July 25 vs. Seattle Storm at 12:30 p.m. Individual and group tickets are available now by calling 877-44-SPARKS (772757) or visiting LASparks.com.