MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL – The WNBA tonight announced Lynx players Seimone Augustus and Maya Moore were voted in by fans to the starting lineup for the 2013 Western Conference All-Star team. This year’s game will mark the fourth career All-Star appearance (first start) for Augustus and second for Moore, who was voted in as a starter as a rookie in 2011. This is the first time in franchise history the Lynx have had two players voted into the starting lineup, and just the second time the Lynx have had a player voted into the starting lineup.
As a result of being the 2012 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.
Already the franchise leader in scoring with 3,855 points, Augustus has tallied three 20+ point games this season, improving her club-record total to 91. She ranks 13th in the WNBA in scoring (15.5 ppg) and seventh in field goal percentage (.514). She’s been especially brilliant at Target Center, averaging 17.7 points on 65.7% shooting. Her best game came against Tulsa on June 23, tallying a season-high 22 points on 9-of-13 shooting while handing out four assists, grabbing three rebounds and blocking a shot.
In her third year out of the University of Connecticut, Moore is averaging career-highs in points (17.2 ppg), rebounds (6.1 rpg), blocks (0.8 bpg), three-point percentage (.444) and free-throw percentage (.887) for the Lynx this season. She’s posted seven 20+ point games, including most recently scoring 22 against Tulsa on Sunday. Her best game this season came in Phoenix on June 19, where she tallied 26 points and a career-high 16 rebounds, becoming the first player in franchise history with 25+ points and 15+ rebounds in a game.
Augustus and Moore will join Los Angeles’ Candace Parker and Phoenix’s Diana Taurasi and Brittney Griner in the starting lineup for the Western Conference. Parker (33,810) paced the Western Conference in votes, while Moore (31,635) and Augustus (18,454) ranked second and fifth in the conference respectively.
Chicago’s Elena Delle Donne (35,646) paced the Eastern Conference in votes, and is joined in the starting lineup by teammate Epiphanny Prince (16,083), New York’s Cappie Pondexter (18,265), Indiana’s Tamika Catchings (27,921) and Atlanta’s Angel McCoughtry (18,523).
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, CT.
All-Star reserves will be announced during the nationally televised game between New York and Indiana on Tuesday, July 23, beginning at 6 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.