WNBA All-Star Early Returns
|The AT&T Center in San Antonio will host the 2011 WNBA All-Star Game|
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NEW YORK, June 30, 2011 � Indiana Fever forward Tamika Catchings leads all players and Seattle Storm guard Sue Bird tops the Western Conference following early returns of the 2011 WNBA All-Star Balloting presented by T-Mobile.
The 2011 WNBA All-Star Game will be nationally broadcast on ABC, Saturday, July 23, at 3:30 p.m. ET. It is the first time the San Antonio Silver Stars are hosting the midseason showcase.
In addition to Catchings (19,943), leading vote-getters by position in the Eastern Conference include guards Cappie Pondexter of the New York Liberty (11,859) and Katie Douglas of the Indiana Fever (11,217), forward Angel McCoughtry of the Atlanta Dream (8,912) and center Tina Charles of the Connecticut Sun (9,837).
Joining Bird (15,203) as fan favorites in the Western Conference are guards Diana Taurasi of the Phoenix Mercury (13,371) and Becky Hammon of the San Antonio Silver Stars (9,204), in addition to forwards Maya Moore of the Minnesota Lynx (12,762) and Swin Cash of the Storm (8,797), and center Candace Parker of the Los Angeles Sparks (12,626).
The 60 players included on the ballot represent all 12 WNBA teams. Voters are asked to select two guards, two forwards, and one center from each conference. A write-in option is also available, allowing fans to choose players not listed on the ballot. The player with the most write-in votes to date is San Antonio�s rookie forward Danielle Adams (1,808).
The 2011 WNBA All-Star Balloting presented by T-Mobile allows fans around the world to vote daily for their favorite players as starters for the 2011 WNBA All-Star Game. Fans can cast their votes in a variety of ways, including on wnba.com, and through mobile phones by texting the player's last name to 6-9-6-2-2 or by visiting m.wnba.com on any wireless carrier. All balloting will conclude at midnight ET on July 10.
For SMS voting, fans can vote for All-Stars any time by texting a player�s last name from their mobile phones on any wireless carrier. Fans can cast one SMS vote per day, per phone number. Message and data rates may apply. T-Mobile customers will receive an exclusive 15 percent discount code to WNBAStore.com for voting via SMS. Upon voting, T-Mobile customers will receive a bounce-back message with a discount code for them to use on WNBAStore.com.
Fans can also vote directly on WNBA.com or use their Facebook profile information to help create a WNBA.com All-Access account, enabling them to complete a ballot. After submitting their All-Star selections, fans will be able to share them with their friends on Facebook and followers on Twitter, and encourage others to cast their ballots.
Following the completion of fan voting, the WNBA will unveil the starters on ESPN2 on July 14 during the nationally televised game between the Seattle Storm and San Antonio Silver Stars. The league will announce the reserves � which WNBA head coaches will select � on ESPN2 on July 19, during the game between the Storm and the Chicago Sky.
Individual tickets are available to the general public at all San Antonio Ticketmaster locations, including by phone at (210) 225-TEAM, or online at ticketmaster.com or sasilverstars.com. Tickets can also be purchased at the AT&T Center Southeast Box Office Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. or on weekend event days starting at 10 a.m. or by calling (210) 444-5090.
2011 WNBA ALL-STAR BALLOTING PRESENTED BY T-MOBILE
EASTERN CONFERENCE -- EARLY RETURNS LEADERS
Forwards: Tamika Catchings (Ind) 19,943; Angel McCoughtry (Atl) 8,912; Asjha Jones (Conn) 5,389; Crystal Langhorne (Wash) 4,653; Plenette Pierson (NY) 3,829; Tangela Smith (Ind) 3,776; Michelle Snow (Chi) 3,366; Nicole Powell (NY) 3,214; Marissa Coleman (Wash) 2,528; Tan White (Conn) 2,335
Centers: Tina Charles (Conn) 9,837; Sylvia Fowles (Chi) 9,103; Nicky Anosike (Wash) 4,287; Tammy Sutton-Brown (Ind) 2,579
Guards: Cappie Pondexter (NY) 11,859; Katie Douglas (Ind) 11,217; Renee Montgomery (Conn) 7,028; Courtney Vandersloot (Chi) 6,276; Kara Lawson (Conn) 4,961; Alana Beard (Wash) 3,188; Epiphanny Prince (Chi) 2,891; Iziane Castro Marques (Atl) 2,699; Lindsey Harding (Atl) 2,590; Briann January (Ind) 2,576; Essence Carson (NY) 2,488; Kelly Miller (Wash) 2,274
WESTERN CONFERENCE -- EARLY RETURNS LEADERS
Forwards: Maya Moore (Minn) 12,762; Swin Cash (Sea) 8,797; Tina Thompson (LA) 7,072; Rebekkah Brunson (Minn) 6,886; Penny Taylor (Phx) 5,512; Sophia Young (SA) 5,451; Candice Dupree (Phx) 5,368; Camille Little (Sea) 3,509; Ruth Riley (SA) 2,989; Sheryl Swoopes (Tul) 2,983; Delisha Milton-Jones (LA) 2,500
Centers: Candace Parker (LA) 12,626; Lauren Jackson (Sea) 8,693; Taj McWilliams-Franklin (Minn) 3,963; Jayne Appel (SA) 2,710; Elizabeth Cambage (Tul) 2,265
Guards: Sue Bird (Sea) 15,203; Diana Taurasi (Phx) 13,371; Becky Hammon (SA) 9,204; Seimone Augustus (Minn) 6,232; Lindsay Whalen (Minn) 4,311; Kristi Toliver (LA) 3,312; Ivory Latta (Tul) 3,221; Ticha Penicheiro (LA) 2,883; Jia Perkins (SA) 2,576
|WNBA ALL-STAR GAME HISTORY|
|July 14, 1999||Madison Square Garden (New York)||West 79||East 61|
|July 17, 2000||America West Arena (Phoenix)||West 73||East 61|
|July 16, 2001||TD Waterhouse Centre (Orlando)||West 80||East 72|
|July 15, 2002||MCI Center (Washington)||West 81||East 76|
|July 12, 2003||Madison Square Garden (New York)||West 84||East 75|
|July 9, 2005||Mohegan Sun Arena (Connecticut)||West 122||East 99|
|July 12, 2006||Madison Square Garden (New York)||East 98||West 82|
|July 15, 2007||Verizon Center (Washington)||East 103||West 99|
|July 25, 2009||Mohegan Sun Arena (Connecticut)||West 133||East 118|
* No All-Star game was held in 2004 and 2008 due to the Olympic Games in Athens, Greece and Beijing, China, respectively. Similarly, no All-Star game was played in 2010, due to the FIBA World Championships in Czech Republic. An exhibition game was conducted at Radio City Music Hall in the summer of 2004, and in 2010, an exhibition game was held at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Conn. with a USA vs. WNBA format in the �WNBA vs. USA Basketball: The Stars at the Sun.�