Connecticut's Charles to Start in Place of Delle Donne, Minnesota's Brunson in Place of Griner in Boost Mobile WNBA All-Star Game 2013

NEW YORK, July 26, 2013 � Connecticut Sun center Tina Charles and Minnesota Lynx center Rebekkah Brunson have been selected to start for the Eastern and Western Conference teams, respectively, in the Boost Mobile WNBA All-Star Game.

Indiana Fever head coach Lin Dunn, who will lead the Eastern Conference All-Stars, made the announcement regarding Charles following the East�s practice at Mohegan Sun Arena on July 26. Charles will replace the injured Elena Delle Donne of the Chicago Sky in the East starting lineup. The league�s No. 2 overall draft pick this April, Delle Donne � who went on to become the first rookie in WNBA history to earn the top spot among vote-getters in All-Star fan-voting � is unable to attend the All-Star Game after suffering a concussion on Wednesday during the Sky�s 82-78 loss to the Washington Mystics. Charles is appearing in her second WNBA All-Star Game (2011), both as a starter.

Minnesota Lynx head coach Cheryl Reeve, who will lead the Western Conference All-Stars, made the announcement regarding Brunson following the West�s practice at Mohegan Sun Arena today. Brunson will replace rookie Brittney Griner in the West starting lineup. Griner, the league�s No. 1 overall draft pick in April, has missed the Phoenix Mercury�s last five games due to a knee injury. Brunson is making her third All-Star appearance (2007, 2011), second as a starter.

Boost Mobile WNBA All-Star 2013 will be nationally broadcast on ABC, Saturday, July 27, at 3:30 p.m. ET from Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. This is the third time the Sun has played host to the WNBA�s All-Star event.


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