Mercury guard to join league's best to face Olympians

DeForge Named to WNBA All-Star Team

Posted: July 15, 2004

Anna DeForge was among those named to the starting five for the team of WNBA All-Stars that will take on the U.S. National Team on August 5 for �WNBA vs. USA Basketball: The Game at Radio City.�

�It�s a very good feeling,� the guard said. �I�ve come full circle as a player and it�s nice to see all the sacrifice that I�ve put into my game personally come to fruition. I owe my teammates a lot of thanks for that. I�d also like to thank the national media for recognizing me.�

DeForge will join a roster selected by a panel of local and national media, including Los Angeles Sparks guard Nikki Teasley, Connecticut Sun forward Nykesha Sales, Detroit Shock forward Cheryl Ford and Connecticut Sun center Taj McWilliams-Franklin to represent the WNBA. �WNBA vs. USA Basketball: The Game at Radio City� will serve as a final send-off as the U.S. finishes its preparations for Athens. ESPN will televise the game nationally, on Thursday, August 5 at 4 p.m. (Arizona time).

Among those DeForge and the WNBA All-Stars will be facing is Mercury teammate Diana Taurasi.

�Dee better watch out,� DeForge quipped. �I�m going to light her up.�

�Probably,� laughed Taurasi. �Hopefully, I�ll get off the bench. If I do, that�ll be fun.�

Detroit Head Coach Bill Laimbeer and his assistants will serve as the coaching staff for the WNBA All-Star Team. WNBA head coaches will select the first five All-Star reserves, who will be announced on-air during ESPN2�s coverage of the Minnesota at Connecticut game on July 22.

For the first time, fans around the world will select the final player on the WNBA All-Star roster through�s new, comprehensive section devoted to the �WNBA vs. USA Basketball: The Game at Radio City.� The final reserve will be announced on air during coverage of the Los Angeles at Sacramento game on July 29 on ESPN2.

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