The WNBA tonight announced Lynx forward Maya Moore was voted in by fans to the starting lineup for the 2014 Western Conference All-Star team. Moore topped all vote-getters in 2014 WNBA All-Star Balloting presented by Boost Mobile with 28,389 votes. This years game will mark the third career All-Star start for Moore. This is the third time the Lynx have had a player voted into the starting lineup.
As a result of being the 2014 Western Conference Champions, head coach Cheryl Reeve will coach the Western Conference, joined on the bench by assistant coaches Jim Petersen and Shelley Patterson. Head athletic trainer Chuck Barta will handle training duties.
In her fourth year out of the University of Connecticut, Moore is averaging a league-best 22.8 points per game. Shes posted 12 20+ point games, including five double-doubles this season. Moore became the first WNBA player ever to score 30+ points in four consecutive games as she helped Minnesota go 6-0 in May. She collected 135 points from May 16-24, marking the most prolific four-game scoring stretch in WNBA history. Her best game this season came in Tulsa on May 23 when she scored a career-high 38 points and grabbed a season-high 13 rebounds.
The Phoenix Mercury will host the Boost Mobile WNBA All-Star Game at US Airways Center on Saturday, July 19, and the game will be nationally televised on ESPN, with tip-off at 3:30 p.m. ET (2:30 p.m. CT).
All-Star reserves will be announced during the nationally televised game between Los Angeles and Indiana on Tuesday, July 15 beginning at 7 p.m. (CT). Reserves will be selected by the 12 WNBA head coaches, who will vote on six players within their own conference. Coaches are not permitted to vote for players on their own team.
Individual tickets for Boost Mobile WNBA All-Star 2014 start at just $20 and can be purchased online at PhoenixMercury.com/allstar, through Ticketmaster viaTicketmaster.com, by dialing 800-745-3000, or at the US Airways Center Ticket Office. For every All-Star Game ticket sold, the Mercury will donate $1 to its All-Stars and Stripes program benefiting local military heroes and their families.
Following are the starting lineups for the 2014 Boost Mobile WNBA All-Star Game:
EASTERN CONFERENCE STARTERS:
Shoni Schimmel, Guard (Atlanta Dream)
Cappie Pondexter, Guard (New York Liberty)
Elena Delle Donne, Frontcourt (Chicago Sky)
Angel McCoughtry, Frontcourt (Atlanta Dream)
Tamika Catchings, Frontcourt (Indiana Fever)