WNBA: Elena Della Donne Becomes First Rookie to Win All-Star Top Vote

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 –

Elena Della Donne

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.

~WNBA All-Star 2013~

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.

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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.

Brittney Griner Phoenix Mercury Center (Getty Images)

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.

Maya Moore (courtesy wnba.com/lynx)

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.

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.

CHICAGO, July 18, 2013 — The WNBA announced Thursday that Chicago Sky’s Elena Delle Donne and Epiphanny Prince have been named in the starting lineup for the 2013 WNBA All-Star Game presented by Boost Mobile.

In early July Delle Donne made history as the first rookie to lead the All-Star vote at early returns. Delle Donne again makes history as the league leader in final returns, capturing 35,646 total fan votes. She is the first rookie in WNBA history to win the All-Star vote.

The Chicago Sky selected Delle Donne second overall in the 2013 WNBA Draft presented by State Farm. Since joining the Sky she has made her mark in the league. Delle Donne was named WNBA Rookie of the Month (June) and WNBA Eastern Conference Player of the Week for June 24-30 and July 1-7.

She is the league’s top free throw shooter (95.3%). She is also the top rookie in points per game (19.1), total points (268) and minutes per game (32.7).

Joining Delle Donne is teammate and Sky three-point leader Epiphanny Prince. Prince, who was an All-Star in 2011, received 16,083 to capture a guard spot on the Eastern Conference All-Star roster. This will be her first All-Star start.

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