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Liberty Cappie Pondexter Voted Starter for 2014 All-Star Game

Cappie Pondexter. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/ 1495 Sports

Cappie Pondexter. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/ 1495 Sports

New York Liberty guard Cappie Pondexter was voted a starter for the 2014 Boost Mobile WNBA All-Star Game, the league announced on Tuesday. The game will be played at US Airways Center in Arizona on Saturday, July 19 at 3:30 p.m. and broadcast live on ESPN.

Pondexter ranked second among all Eastern Conference guards with 10,104 votes, en route to earning her sixth All-Star selection (2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013) and third-straight as a starter.

Cappie is enjoying another strong season in New York, placing second on the team in scoring with 15.2 points per game. She also shares the team lead in assists with 3.9 per game. Pondexter stands out as one of the Eastern Conference’s premier guards, ranking second in scoring, fourth in assists, and seventh in rebounding in the conference at her position. She has scored in double figures 13 times this season, including seven games with 20-plus points.

Following are the starting lineups for the 2014 Boost Mobile WNBA All-Star Game:

Eastern Conference Starters:         Western Conference Starters:

Cappie Pondexter, Guard (New York Liberty)         Diana Taurasi, Guard (Phoenix Mercury)

Shoni Schimmel, Guard (Atlanta Dream)         Skylar Diggins, Guard (Tulsa Shock)

Angel McCoughtry, Frontcourt (Atlanta Dream)         Maya Moore, Frontcourt (Minnesota Lynx)

Elena Delle Donne, Frontcourt (Chicago Sky)         Candace Parker, Frontcourt (Los Angeles Sparks)

Tamika Catchings, Frontcourt (Indiana Fever)         Brittney Griner, Frontcourt (Phoenix Mercury)

The 12 WNBA head coaches will select the reserves by voting for six players within their own conference, including two guards, three frontcourt players, and a player from either position.  Coaches are not permitted to vote for players on their own team.  The league will announce the reserves during ESPN2’s national telecast of the Sparks and Fever on Tuesday, July 15 at 8 p.m. ET.

Replacement players, who will take the roster spot of players who cannot play due to injury, will be named by WNBA President Laurel J. Richie.  Any changes to the starting lineup necessitated by injury will be made by the head coach of the respective All-Star team.

Under WNBA guidelines, the coach of the previous season’s conference champion serves as the All-Star coach for that conference, provided that the coach remains in the same position.  Since Fred Williams – head coach of the 2013 Eastern Conference champion Atlanta Dream – is now at the helm in Tulsa, the East head coach – Atlanta’s Michael Cooper – was selected based on the club with the best winning percentage through games on June 29. Cooper earned the honor after guiding his club to an 11-4 mark (.733) at that point in the season.  Minnesota Head Coach Cheryl Reeve, who guided the Lynx to the 2013 WNBA title, will lead the West squad.

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