The WNBA announced its All-Star lineup Tuesday night, and, once again, the list is speckled with Maryland-rooted talent.
Angel McCoughtry of the Atlanta Dream, a native of Baltimore and a former standout at St. Frances, earned a spot on the roster for the fifth time in her 8 ½ season career. She's the league record-holder for single-game points in the Finals (38) and playoffs (42).
Guard Kristi Toliver, now in her tenth season in the WNBA, earned her second All-Star nod and first as a Washington Mystic. In her 305 career games, she’s amassed 3,743 points, 690 rebounds and 1,014 assists. A former Terp, Toliver was the 25th player in Maryland history to score 1,000 points. She was the catalyst of Maryland’s first national championship victory in women’s basketball, sinking the tying 3-pointer to force overtime with Duke in 2006.
The league scrapped conference affiliation for this year’s balloting — fans’ selections accounted for 40 percent of the vote. Media members, players and coaches made up 20 percent each. Neither players nor coaches were allowed to cast votes for members of their own team.
In her fifth selection to the All-Star Game, Mystics forward Elena Delle Donne has been selected as a captain. She and Los Angeles Sparks star Candace Parker will choose from the pool of All-Stars to create two 11-player teams, following the new WNBA format. Delle Donne will have the first pick.
Rosters will be revealed Thursday before the start of the Mystics’ game against the Dallas Wings at 8 p.m. on ESPN2. Starters will be unveiled at 9 p.m. on July 27.
Minnesota Lynx star Maya Moore collected 47,620 votes to lead the WNBA, followed by Delle Donne (42,171), Parker (38,575), the Seattle Storm’s Sue Bird (37,098) and Phoenix Mercury veteran Diana Taurasi (35,687).
Here is the full lineup for the WNBA All-Star game, which will be played in Minneapolis at Target Center, home of the Lynx, on July 28.
Seimone Augustus, Minnesota Lynx
Sue Bird, Seattle Storm
Skylar Diggins-Smith, Dallas Wings
Chelsea Gray, Los Angeles Sparks
Jewell Loyd, Seattle Storm
Kayla McBride, Las Vegas Aces
Allie Quigley, Chicago Sky
Diana Taurasi, Phoenix Mercury
Kristi Toliver, Washington Mystics
DeWanna Bonner, Phoenix Mercury
Liz Cambage, Dallas Wings
Tina Charles, New York Liberty
Elena Delle Donne, Washington Mystics
Brittney Griner, Phoenix Mercury
Sylvia Fowles, Minnesota Lynx
Angel McCoughtry, Atlanta Dream
Maya Moore, Minnesota Lynx
Chiney Ogwumike, Connecticut Sun
Nneka Ogwumike, Los Angeles Sparks
Candace Parker, Los Angeles Sparks
Breanna Stewart, Seattle Storm
A’ja Wilson, Las Vegas Aces