Liberty, Sun, Each Send Two To WNBA All-Star Game
The two WNBA teams in the tri-state area (New York Liberty and Connecticut Sun) will each have two representatives participating in the Boost Mobile 2014 WNBA All-Star Game at US Airways Arena in Phoenix on Saturday, July 19.
Liberty point guard, Cappie Pondexter was voted a starter, which was announced last week by the league. This will be her sixth All-Star selection. The veteran continues to produce for New York. Pondexter is second on the team in scoring at 15.3 per game. She’s also 3.4 rebounds and 3.9 assists per game this season.
Pondexter finished second among all Eastern Conference guards with 10,104 votes, behind fellow starter Shoni Schimmel of the Atlanta Dream. This will be Pondexter’s third straight start in the All-Star Game.
Joining Pondexter on the Eastern Conference roster will be Liberty teammate, Tina Charles, who was announced as a reserve yesterday. Charles will make her third appearance in the WNBA All-Star Game. Charles leads the Liberty in scoring and rebounding with 17.1 points and 9.0 rebounds per game. She has also recorded eight double-doubles this season, as well as eight 20-plus point games.
The New York Liberty will join forces with the Connecticut Sun among others on the Eastern Conference squad.
The Sun will have two players in uniform as well, as guard Katie Douglas and forward Chiney Ogwumike, as the two were named as reserve yesterday.
Saturday’s game will mark Douglas’ fifth All-Star appearance. The MVP of the 2006 All-Star Game, Douglas is averaging 13.1 points per game for Connecticut this season. On July 8, she became just the fifth player in WNBA history to reach 700 made three pointers and now has 706 for her career.
It will be the first All-Star appearance for Ogwumike, the No. 1 pick in the 2014 WNBA Draft and the Rookie of the Month for May and June. She leads the Sun in scoring (15.5 ppg) and rebounding (8.4 rpg) and is also tops among WNBA rookies in both categories. She has been held to single digits just once so far in her WNBA career, and had a streak of 15 consecutive double-figure scoring games to start the season.
Reserves were chosen by the league’s 12 head coaches. Coaches were not permitted to vote for players on their own team and selected reserves by voting for six players within their own conference, including two guards, three frontcourt players, and one player regardless of position.
Eastern Conference Starters: Western Conference Starters:
Cappie Pondexter, Guard (New York Liberty) Diana Taurasi, Guard (Phoenix Mercury)
Shoni Schimmel, Guard (Atlanta Dream) Skylar Diggins, Guard (Tulsa Shock)
Angel McCoughtry, Frontcourt (Atlanta Dream) Maya Moore, Frontcourt (Minnesota Lynx)
Elena Delle Donne, Frontcourt (Chicago Sky) Candace Parker, Frontcourt (Los Angeles Sparks)
Tamika Catchings, Frontcourt (Indiana Fever) Brittney Griner, Frontcourt (Phoenix Mercury)
Eastern Conference Reserves: Western Conference Reserves
Jessica Breland, Frontcourt (Chicago Sky) Seimone Augustus, Backcourt (Minnesota Lynx)
Tina Charles, Frontcourt (New York Liberty) Candice Dupree, Frontcourt (Phoenix Mercury)
Erika de Souza, Frontcourt (Atlanta Dream) Glory Johnson, Frontcourt (Tulsa Shock)
Katie Douglas, Backcourt (Connecticut Sun) Nneka Ogwumike, Frontcourt (Los Angeles Sparks)
Briann January, Backcourt (Indiana Fever) Danielle Robinson, Backcourt (San Antonio Stars)
Chiney Ogwumike, Frontcourt (Connecticut Sun) Lindsay Whalen, Backcourt (Minnesota Lynx)
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