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Catchings Leads the Voting as 2011 WNBA All-Star Starting Line-Up is Announced

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Photo Caption: Tamika Catchings, of the Eastern Conference’s Indiana Fever, led all players in the fan voting for the 2011 WNBA All-Star Game. The Seattle Storm’s Sue Bird came in second in the fan voting and will headline the Western Conference line-up.

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NEW YORK— Indiana Fever forward Tamika Catchings led all players with 32,706 votes in the 2011 WNBA All-Star Balloting, the league announced Thursday. Catchings received the most votes for the third time in her career, having also led the voting in 2006 and 2009. Seattle Storm guard Sue Bird (25,077), the second leading vote-getter, paced the Western Conference.

Minnesota Lynx forward Maya Moore (21,379), the first overall selection in the 2011 WNBA Draft presented by adidas, is the first rookie voted to start in the WNBA All-Star game since Catchings and Bird in 2002.

With 19,376 votes, Los Angeles Sparks forward/center Candace Parker also earned a spot in the West’s starting line-up based on fan votes, but will be unable to play after undergoing surgery to repair a torn meniscus. Parker’s replacement will be named by WNBA president Laurel Richie, while the remaining All-Star reserves will be announced on July 19 following a vote by the league’s coaches.

Surprisingly, last year’s MVP, Seattle’s Lauren Jackson, who is also injured and likely out for the remainder of the season due to a hip injury sustained just a few days before Parker went down, did not make the cut, as Seattle fans apparently shifted their votes to name Storm forward Swin Cash (14,907 votes) to the starting line-up alongside Bird.

The 2011 WNBA All-Star Game will be nationally broadcast on ABC, Saturday, July 23 at 3:30 p.m. ET (2:30 p.m. CT) from San Antonio.  It is the first time the San Antonio Silver Stars are hosting the WNBA’s midseason showcase.

Rounding out the starting line-up for the Western Conference alongside Bird, Parker, Moore and Cash is Phoenix Mercury guard Diana Taurasi (22,406), the third leading vote-getter. 

Joining Catchings in the Eastern Conference starting lineup are New York Liberty guard Cappie Pondexter (20,226 votes), Indiana guard Katie Douglas (18,598), Connecticut Sun center Tina Charles (17,205) and Atlanta Dream forward Angel McCoughtry (14,310).  It is Pondexter’s four All-Star selection but the first time she has been selected by fans as a starter.  For Charles and McCoughtry, the last two Rookie-of-the-Year winners, it marks the first time each has been named a WNBA All-Star.   

Catchings (2002-03, 2005-07, 2009, 2011), Bird (2002-03, 2005-07, 2009, 2011) and Taurasi (2005-07, 2009, 2011) have been voted starters for every WNBA All-Star Game since they entered the league.

Following are the starting lineups for the 2011 WNBA All-Star Game:

Eastern Conference StartersWestern Conference Starters
Tamika Catchings, Forward (Indiana Fever)Swin Cash, Forward (Seattle Storm)
Angel McCoughtry, Forward (Atlanta Dream)Maya Moore, Forward (Minnesota Lynx)
Tina Charles,<?b> Center (Connecticut Sun)Candace Parker,* Center (Los Angeles Sparks)
Katie Douglas, Guard (Indiana Fever)Sue Bird, Guard (Seattle Storm)
Cappie Pondexter, Guard (New York Liberty)Diana Taurasi, Guard (Phoenix Mercury)
* Injured; unable to play.




The 12 WNBA head coaches will select the reserves by voting for six players within their own conference, including two guards, two forwards, one center and one player regardless of position.  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 Storm and the Chicago Sky on ESPN2, Tuesday, July 19 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 the WNBA President.  Any changes to the starting lineup necessitated by injury would be made by the head coach of the respective All-Star team. 
By virtue of winning their respective conference titles last season, Seattle’s Brian Agler will coach the Western Conference, and the Eastern Conference will be led by Atlanta’s Marynell Meadors. 

Individual tickets are available to the general public at all San Antonio Ticketmaster locations, including by phone at (210) 225-TEAM, or online at ticketmaster.com or sasilverstars.com. Tickets can also be purchased at the AT&T Center Southeast Box Office Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. or on weekend event days starting at 10 a.m. or by calling (210) 444-5090.

Source: WNBA Press Release

Originally published Thu, July 14, 2011


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WOMEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Week: February 7, 2012
RANK SCHOOL RECORD LAST WEEK'S RANK PRESEASON RANK AP RANK POINTS
1 Baylor (31) 24-0 1 1 1 775
2 Notre Dame 23-1 2 2 2 743
3 Connecticut 21-2 3 4 3 710
4 Stanford 20-1 4 5 4 685
5 Duke 19-3 6 8 5 650
6 Miami (FL) 20-3 7 7 6 604
7 Kentucky 21-3 5 15 7 584
8 Maryland 20-3 10 10 8 534
9 Wisconsin-Green Bay 20-0 9 24 9 530
10 Ohio State 21-2 11 NR-RV
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10 483
11 Tennessee 17-6 8 3 11 476
12 Delaware 20-1 13 NR 12 434
13 Georgetown 18-5 15 11 14 379
14 Texas A&M 16-5 16 6 15 378
15 Nebraska 19-3 18 NR 13 309
16 Rutgers 17-4 14 12 17 372
17 Louisville 17-6 12 9 20 276
18 Gonzaga 21-3 19 NR-RV
(70)
19 234
19 Purdue 19-5 17 21 16 222
20 Georgia 18-6 20 12 21 202
21 Penn State 18-5 21 14 18 176
22 DePaul 17-7 23 18 NR-RV
(38)
92
23 Georgia Tech 16-6 22 NR-RV
(18)
22 104
24 South Carolina 18-5 NR-RV
(13)
NR 24 46
25 Vanderbilt 18-5 NR-RV
(23)
NR-RV
(19)
NR 45
Dropped Out: No. 24 North Carolina, No. 25 Kansas.
First-place votes: Total first-place votes received (if any) are indicated in parentheses following school name.
Others receiving votes: St. Bonaventure (22-2) 34; North Carolina (17-6) 19; California (17-6) 18; Florida Gulf Coast (21-2) 16; Middle Tennessee (19-5) 15; Texas-El Paso (20-2) 8; Texas Tech (16-6) 5; Brigham Young (21-4) 4; Fresno State (19-4) 4; St. John's (15-8) 4; Princeton (15-4) 3; Oklahoma (15-7) 2; West Virginia (17-6) 2; Kansas State (15-7) 1.
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Credit: Courtesy Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA). The weekly Division I Top 25 Coaches' Poll, sponsored by USA Today and ESPN, is based on voting by a Board of Coaches made up of 31 head coaches at Division I institutions all of whom are WBCA members.