Duo to represent Silver Stars in the first WNBA All-Star Game in San Antonio

Danielle Adams and Becky Hammon Named All-Star Reserves

NEW YORK – San Antonio Silver Stars guard Becky Hammon and forward Danielle Adams headline the reserves for the 2011 WNBA All-Star Game presented by adidas, the league announced today. Adams, a second round pick (20th overall) in the 2011 WNBA Draft presented by adidas, is one of a record 10 players – four starters and six reserves – making their first All-Star appearances, the most since 2000 when nine were selected.

The 2011 WNBA All-Star Game presented by adidas will be nationally broadcast by ABC, Saturday, July 23 at 2:30 p.m. CT from San Antonio. It marks the first time the All-Star Game will be hosted by San Antonio and only the second time the midseason showcase has been hosted by a Western Conference team.

Reserves were selected 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, two forwards, one center and one player regardless of position.

“We want to congratulate Becky and Danielle for being chosen to play in the All-Star Game,” Silver Stars head coach and general manager Dan Hughes said. “With so many players having outstanding years in 2011, it is truly an honor for them to be selected to represent our conference.”

Hammon will be making her sixth All-Star appearance, becoming the first player to be selected an All-Star three times with two different teams (2003, 2005, 2006 with New York, and 2007, 2009, 2011 with San Antonio).

"Its a great honor to be named to the All-Star. With the game being in San Antonio I'm most excited for our fans to come out and enjoy the All-Star experience. It is going to be a great weekend, all the best basketball talent in the world will be coming together at the AT&T Center."

Adams leads all rookies in scoring (15.7 ppg) and is tied for second in rebounds (5.0 rpg). She also received the most write-in votes (3,669) by fans in the 2011 WNBA All-Star balloting presented by T-Mobile. Joining Hammon and Adams as reserves for the Western Conference are Phoenix forward Penny Taylor, and a trio of Minnesota teammates: forward Rebekkah Brunson and guards Seimone Augustus and Lindsay Whalen. Minnesota guard Maya Moore was voted by fans as a starter, giving the Lynx the most players selected from one team for a WNBA All-Star Game since 2006 when all five players in the Connecticut Sun starting lineup were selected.

In the East, Chicago center Sylvia Fowles, making her second All-Star appearance, is one of three Sky teammates named reserves, including first-time All-Stars, guards Epiphanny Prince and Courtney Vandersloot. Rounding out the East reserves are three other first-time All-Stars: Connecticut Sun guard Renee Montgomery, New York Liberty forward Essence Carson and Washington Mystics forward Crystal Langhorne.

This season’s rookies continue to impress, as Adams, Moore and Vandersloot mark the most rookies selected for an All-Star Game since 2006 when Augustus, Cappie Pondexter, Sophia Young and Candice Dupree were selected. Moore is also the first rookie voted a starter in the WNBA All-Star Game since Tamika Catchings and Sue Bird in 2002.

Replacement players, who will take the roster spot of players who cannot play due to injury, will be named by the WNBA President on July 20. 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, Seattle’s Brian Agler will coach the Western Conference, and the Eastern Conference will be led by Atlanta’s Marynell Meadors.