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Bird, Bonner To Replace Augustus, Diggins As Starters For Boost Mobile WNBA All-Star 2015

NEW YORK, July 24, 2015 – Guards Sue Bird of the Seattle Storm and DeWanna Bonner of the Phoenix Mercury were named starters by Western Conference head coach Sandy Brondello for Boost Mobile WNBA All-Star 2015, replacing injured guards Seimone Augustus of the Minnesota Lynx and Skylar Diggins of the Tulsa Shock.

Boost Mobile WNBA All-Star 2015, featuring the Eastern Conference All-Stars against the Western Conference All-Stars at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn., will be nationally televised by ABC on Saturday, July 25 at 3:30 p.m. ET.

Bird, who made her All-Star debut as a rookie in 2002, has been selected to participate in nine of the 10 All-Star Games played since she entered the league (she missed the 2013 season due to injury).  She was voted a starter by fans seven times; in 2014 she was added to the Western Conference team by WNBA President Laurel J. Richie as an injury replacement for Augustus, and this year Bird was picked as a reserve by the West head coaches.

Bonner highlights a group of 10 first-time All-Star selections.  She earned championship rings with Phoenix in 2009 and 2014 and won the WNBA Sixth Woman of the Year presented by Samsung in each of her first three seasons in the league (2009-11).

The backcourt duo will be in the West lineup alongside frontcourt starters Maya Moore of the Lynx and Bonner’s Mercury teammates Brittney Griner and Candice Dupree.  Bird, who is No. 2 on the WNBA’s career assist list (2,156), is averaging a league-high 5.5 assists per game this season.  Bonner ranks fifth in the league in scoring (16.9 ppg) and ninth in assists (3.5 apg).

Augustus, who has missed the last three games with a knee injury, and Diggins, who suffered a season-ending knee injury on June 28, had been selected to start by fans during WNBA All-Star Balloting 2015 presented by Boost Mobile.