The WNBA named its All-Star starters and for the first time since PG Sue Bird was drafted with the top overall pick in 2002, the Storm doesn’t have a rep among the five Western Conference starters. Phoenix stars Diana Taurasi and Brittney Griner will line up with Candace Parker (Los Angeles), Maya Moore (Minnesota) and Seimone Augustus (Minnesota).
Storm F Tina Thompson could be named as a reserve when those are announced July 23. If not, the Storm will not have an All-Star for the first time in the organization’s history. F Camille Little (2,608 votes), G Temeka Johnson (2,521), G Tanisha Wright (1,782), and wing Noelle Quinn (981) were far behind in fan voting.
Seattle is 6-9 this season, hosting Los Angeles on Saturday at KeyArena.
Chicago rookie Elena Delle Donne, the second overall pick in the 2013 draft, was the leading vote-getter with 35,646. She’s the first rookie in WNBA history to lead all voters. Yet her tally is far behind the record. Bird was the leading vote-getter in 2007 with 128,838 All-Star votes. It surpassed then-Houston F Sheryl Swoopes’ mark of 124,575 set in 2003.
The Connecticut Sun will host the All-Star Game for the third time in franchise history on July 27. ABC will broadcast the game live at 12:30 pm PT from Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn.
Here’s the full release from the WNBA:
CHICAGO ROOKIE DELLE DONNE TOP VOTE-GETTER IN
2013 WNBA ALL-STAR BALLOTING PRESENTED BY BOOST MOBILE
— Delle Donne First Rookie to Finish Atop Balloting —
— L.A.’s Parker Paces West, Will be Joined in Lineup by Phoenix Rookie Griner —
NEW YORK, July 18, 2013 – Chicago Sky guard/forward Elena Delle Donne led all players with 35,646 votes following final returns of the 2013 WNBA All-Star Balloting presented by Boost Mobile. Los Angeles Sparks forward Candace Parker, the 2008 WNBA MVP, topped the Western Conference and ranked second overall with 33,810 votes.
Delle Donne, the No. 2 overall selection in the 2013 WNBA Draft presented by State Farm, is the first WNBA rookie ever to earn the top spot. Fellow rookie and No. 1 overall pick, Brittney Griner (22,185) of the Phoenix Mercury, will be in the starting lineup for the West, marking the first time in WNBA history that the top two draft picks will be among the All-Star starters as rookies.
The Connecticut Sun will host the Boost Mobile WNBA All-Star Game for the third time in franchise history on Saturday, July 27. ABC will broadcast the game live at 3:30 p.m. ET from Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn.
Joining Delle Donne in the Eastern Conference starting lineup are five-time All-Star (2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013) Cappie Pondexter of the New York Liberty (18,265), and two-time All-Star (2011, 2013) Epiphanny Prince of the Sky (16,083) at the guard positions. Pondexter will be making her second start, Prince her first.
Also starting in the frontcourt for the East will be eight-time All-Star (2002-03, 2005-07, 2009, 2011, 2013) Tamika Catchings of the Indiana Fever (27,921), as well as two-time selection (2011, 2013) Angel McCoughtry of the Atlanta Dream (18,523). Catchings, the 2011 WNBA MVP and 2012 WNBA Finals MVP, has been voted as a starter for every All-Star game since her rookie season; McCoughtry, the 2009 Rookie of the Year, was a starter in her prior All-Star appearance.
The Western Conference lineup will feature five No. 1 overall draft picks, including the top selections from 2004, 2006, 2008, 2011, and 2013.
Alongside Griner and Parker in the West frontcourt will be Maya Moore of the Minnesota Lynx (31,635). Parker, the 2008 No. 1 pick, and Moore, the first player tabbed in 2011, were each selected as All-Star starters for the second time. Parker was unable to play due to injury in 2011.
The starting guards for the West will be six-time All-Star Diana Taurasi of the Mercury (26,019), and four-time All-Star Seimone Augustus of the Lynx (18,454). Like Catchings, Taurasi, the 2009 regular season and Finals MVP, has been voted as a starter for every All-Star Game since she entered the league. Augustus, the 2011 WNBA Finals MVP and the first player taken in the 2006 draft, will make her first All-Star start.
Following are the starting lineups for the 2013 Boost Mobile WNBA All-Star Game:
Eastern Conference Starters: Western Conference Starters:
Cappie Pondexter, Guard (New York Liberty) Diana Taurasi, Guard (Phoenix Mercury)
Epiphanny Prince, Guard (Chicago Sky) Seimone Augustus, Guard (Minnesota Lynx)
Elena Delle Donne, Frontcourt (Chicago Sky) Candace Parker, Frontcourt (Los Angeles Sparks)
Tamika Catchings, Frontcourt (Indiana Fever) Maya Moore, Frontcourt (Minnesota Lynx)
Angel McCoughtry, Frontcourt (Atlanta Dream) Brittney Griner, Frontcourt (Phoenix Mercury)
The 12 WNBA head coaches will select the reserves by voting for six players within their own conference, including two guards and four frontcourt players. Coaches are not permitted to vote for players on their own team. The league will announce the reserves during a nationally televised game between the Liberty and the Fever on ESPN2, Tuesday, July 23 at 7 p.m. ET.
Replacement players, who will take the roster spot of players who cannot play due to injury, will be named by WNBA President Laurel J. Richie. Any changes to the starting lineup necessitated by injury will be made by the head coach of the respective All-Star team.
By virtue of winning their respective conference titles last season, Indiana head coach Lin Dunn will coach the Eastern Conference, and the Western Conference will be led by Minnesota’s Cheryl Reeve.
Individual tickets are available to the general public at Ticketmaster locations, including by phone at 1-800-745-3000, or online at ticketmaster.com or connecticutsun.com. Tickets can also be purchased at the Mohegan Sun Box Office from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.
2013 WNBA ALL-STAR BALLOTING PRESENTED BY BOOST MOBILE
EASTERN CONFERENCE — FINAL RETURNS LEADERS
Guards: Cappie Pondexter (NY) 18,265; Epiphanny Prince (Chi) 16,083; Ivory Latta (Wsh) 13,483; Kara Lawson (Con) 11,666; Katie Douglas (Ind) 10,436; Briann January (Ind/Lewis & Clark HS)) 8,562; Courtney Vandersloot (Chi/Gonzaga/Kentwood HS) 7,937; Tiffany Hayes (Atl) 5,336; Allison Hightower (CON) 4,075; Armintie Herrington (Atl) 3,666
Frontcourt: Elena Delle Donne (Chi) 35,646; Tamika Catchings (Ind) 27,921; Angel McCoughtry (Atl) 18,523; Tina Charles (Con) 16,711; Sylvia Fowles (Chi) 15,045; Swin Cash (Chi) 12,777; Shavonte Zellous (Ind) 6,435; Erika de Souza (Atl) 3,861; Crystal Langhorne (Wsh) 3,836; Erlana Larkins (Ind) 3,766; Kara Braxton (NY) 3,691; Kelsey Griffin (Con) 3,353; Kalana Greene (Con) 3,114; Sancho Lyttle (Atl) 3,047; Kelsey Bone (NY) 2,876; Monique Currie (Wsh) 2,789; Plenette Pierson (NY) 2,553; Kia Vaughn (Wsh) 1,886
WESTERN CONFERENCE — FINAL RETURNS LEADERS
Guards: Diana Taurasi (Phx) 26,019; Seimone Augustus (Minn) 18,454; Skylar Diggins (Tul) 15,839; Lindsay Whalen (Minn) 15,288; Kristi Toliver (LA) 10,550; Lindsey Harding (LA) 9,367; Becky Hammon (SA) 5,620; Danielle Robinson (SA) 4,935; Candice Wiggins (Tul) 4,115; Temeka Johnson (Sea) 2,521; Samantha Prahalis (Phx) 2,218; Tanisha Wright (Sea) 1,782
Frontcourt: Candace Parker (LA) 33,810; Maya Moore (Minn) 31,635; Brittney Griner (Phx) 22,185; Nneka Ogwumike (LA) 13,635; Glory Johnson (Tul) 12,978; Rebekkah Brunson (Minn) 10,144; Tina Thompson (Sea) 9,986; DeWanna Bonner (Phx) 9,107; Candice Dupree (Phx) 9,013; Alana Beard (LA) 5,803; Janel McCarville (Minn) 5,708; Liz Cambage (Tul) 3,848; Jayne Appel (SA) 3,560; Camille Little (Sea) 2,608; DeLisha Milton-Jones (SA) 2,276; Shameka Christon (SA) 2,168; Roneeka Hodges (Tul) 2,023; Noelle Quinn (Sea) 981
WNBA ALL-STAR GAME HISTORY
Date Location W L
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
July 27, 2011 AT&T Center (San Antonio) East 118 West 113
* No All-Star game was held in 2004, 2008, and 2012 due to the Olympic Games in Athens, Beijing, and London, 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.”
The 2011 All-Star Game featured a record 10 first-time All-Stars and was marked by a halftime ceremony honoring the top 15 players in the WNBA’s 15-year history. Seattle’s Swin Cash led the West with 21 points and 12 rebounds and was named MVP for the second time. She joined Lisa Leslie as the only other player with multiple WNBA All-Star MVP awards. Cash also earned the honor in 2009.