Lynx' Lindsay Whalen, Rebekkah Brunson named All-Star reserves
- Blog Post by: Kent Youngblood
- July 23, 2013 - 6:34 PM
Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve joked about a Minnesota Lynx takeover of Mohegan Sun Arena in Connecticut Saturday, and she wasn’t far off.
Tuesday Lynx point guard Lindsay Whalen and forward Rebekkah Brunson were named as reserves for the Western Conference team for Saturday’s WNBA All-Star Game. Whalen and Brunson will join with teammates Maya Moore and Seimone Augustus, who were voted in as starters.
And coaching them all will be Reeve and Lynx assistants Shelley Patterson and Jim Petersen. Athletic trainer Chuck Barta will also go to Connecticut.
“We’re excited and well-represented,” said Reeve, whose team enters Wednesday’s game with Phoenix with the best record in the WNBA (13-3). “I would have liked to have seen (Lynx guard Monica Wright) there, but I was told I was being a little greedy.”
Still, the Lynx will have four players on the West’s roster for the second time in three years; the same four were named to the 2011 team. No All-Star game was held in 2012 because of the Olympics.
Whalen and Brunson will each be making their third All-Star appearance. Moore will be making her second appearance, Augustus her fourth.
“It shows what we’ve been able to do over the first half of the season,” said Whalen, whose 16.1-point scoring average is the highest of her career. She will be returning to Connecticut, where she began her WNBA career. Moore played college ball at Connecticut.
“It’s an honor, of course,” added Brunson, who took over the franchise lead in rebounding during Sunday’s victory in Phoenix. “It feels good to go out with my fellow Lynx. We’ll try to have a good time, represent the West, and the Lynx, as best we can.”
Also named as reserves for the Western Conference team were Tulsa forward Glory Johnson, Los Angeles Sparks forward Nneka Ogwumike, San Antonio guard Danielle Robinson and Sparks guard Kristi Toliver.
The Eastern Conference reserves were Connecticut center Tina Charles, Chicago center Sylvia Fowles, Connecticut guard Alison Hightower, Washington forward/center Crystal Langhorne, Washington guard Ivory Latta and Indiana guard Shavonte Zellous.
Reeve said she hopes to get all four of her players on the court at the same time at some point during Saturday’s game.
Reserves were chosen by the league’s 12 head coaches, none of whom were allowed to vote for their own players. The Lynx are the only team with four players. Los Angeles and Chicago each have three.
The game will be telecast locally on Ch. 5 at 2:30 p.m.
Here are the complete rosters for each conference:
Seimone Augustus, Minnesota
Maya Moore, Minnesota
Brittney Griner, Phoenix
Candace Parker, Los Angeles
Diana Taurasi, Phoenix
Lindsay Whalen, Minnesota
Rebekkah Brunson, Minnesota
Glory Johnson, Tulsa
Nneka Ogwumike, Los Angeles
Danielle Robinson, San Antonio
Kristi Toliver, Los Angeles
Tamika Catchings, Indiana
Elena Delle Donne, Chicago
Angel McCoughtry, Atlanta
Cappie Pondexter, New York
Epiphanny Prince, Chicago
Tina Charles, Connecticut
Sylvia Fowles, Chicago
Alison Hightower, Connecticut
Crystal Langhorne, Washington
Ivory Latta, Washington
Shavonte Zellous, Indiana
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