Lynx Forward Maya Moore Leads Early Fan Returns of WNBA All-Star Voting 2017 Presented by Verizon

MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL – The WNBA announced this evening during the Connecticut Sun vs. Seattle Storm telecast on ESPN2 that Maya Moore received the most votes in the early fan returns of the WNBA All-Star Voting 2017 Presented by Verizon.

The 2015 All-Star MVP and four-time All-Star, Moore leads with 19,949 votes. Teammate and three-time All-Star Sylvia Fowles ranks third among Western Conference frontcourt players with 15,159 votes while five-time All-Star guard Seimone Augustus and six-time All-Star guard Lindsay Whalen rank fourth (11,198) and fifth (10,131), respectively among Western Conference guards.

In her seventh year out of the University of Connecticut, Moore is averaging 16.0 points, on 39.4% shooting, 6.0 rebounds and 4.1 assists. Moore ranks 12th in the WNBA in assists (4.1 apg) and sixth in steals (1.58 spg). She posted a season-best 11 rebounds to along with 22 points and seven assists June 2 vs. Washington, her 30th career double-double. She has scored 20+ points in four straight games while averaging 21.2 ppg, on 49.3% shooting, over her last five games.

In her 10th year of WNBA play, Fowles is averaging a team-high 21.0 points, on 67.4 FG% shooting, a club-best 10.3 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game. She currently ranks first in field goal accuracy (67.4%), second in scoring (21.0 ppg), second in rebounding (10.3 rpg), third in steals (1.92 spg) and third in blocks (1.92 bpg). Fowles is the only player in the WNBA to be ranked in the top-five in each of those categories. She has compiled six 20/10 efforts this season (46 career) and was named Western Conference Player of the Month for May, her sixth career monthly award and first with Minnesota.

In her 12th year of out of Louisiana State University, Augustus is averaging 11.7 points, on 50.0% shooting, and 3.5 assists. She ranks second in the WNBA in three-point accuracy (52.6%), eighth in FT accuracy (90.9%) and 16th in assists (3.5 apg). Augustus sank the tie-breaking jumper with :04.3 to play May 20 at Dallas, capping a season-high 18-point effort.

In her 14th season, Whalen is averaging 8.5 ppg, on 49.4% shooting, and a team-high 4.8 assists per game. She currently leads the WNBA in three-point accuracy (55.6%) and ranks sixth in assists (4.8 apg).  The June 9 game at Washington marked her 295th regular-season win surpassing Swin Cash (294) for the WNBA’s all-time lead in that category.

WNBA All-Star Voting 2017 presented by Verizon concludes on Thursday, July 6 at 9 p.m. ET.  Starters will be announced live on ESPN on Tuesday, July 11 during the noon ET edition of SportsCenter.  The All-Star reserves, who will be selected by the Eastern and Western Conference head coaches, respectively, will be announced on Tuesday, July 18 during ESPN2’s telecast of the Storm and the Chicago Sky (9 p.m. ET).

WNBA Verizon WNBA All-Star 2017, featuring the Eastern Conference All-Stars against the Western Conference All-Stars at KeyArena in Seattle, Wash. will be nationally televised by ABC on Saturday, July 22, at 2:30 p.m. CT.