Washington Mystics forward Elena Delle Donne will lead half of American women’s basketball’s best in the 15th 2018 WNBA All-Star Game on Saturday.
Unlike previous years, the teams were not split by conferences, but were selected by team captains, Delle Donne and Los Angeles Sparks forward Candace Parker. Balloting was also done differently, with fans’ choices only accounting for 40 percent. The rest was selected by media members, players and coaches, with 20 percent each.
The Seattle Storm and Phoenix Mercury lead the league in number of All-Stars (four), but it was Minnesota Lynx star Maya Moore who garnered the most votes (47,620), followed by Delle Donne (42,171).
Representing Maryland is former Terps guard Kristi Toliver, who was selected by her fellow Mystic to Team Delle Donne. Having earned her second All-Star nod, Toliver is averaging 13.7 points a game and 4.5 assists, a tick off her career highs. Her last All-Star appearance was with the Sparks in 2013.
The game is studded with WNBA stars who have redefined the league this summer.
Dallas Wings guard Liz Cambage set a single-game scoring mark with 53 points, and then posted 35 points the next day for a combined 88, a WNBA two-game record. Las Vegas Aces rookie A'ja Wilson is averaging 20 points a game, in contention to be named MVP this season over veterans with a decade under their belts.
WNBA fixtures such as the Seattle Storm’s Sue Bird, the 2017 All-Star MVP, and Phoenix Mercury’s Diana Taurasi will make their 11th and ninth All-Star appearances, respectively.
Like Delle Donne, Baltimore native and Atlanta Dream veteran Angel McCoughtry earned her fifth All-Star selection. After a year away from the league to rest, the St. Frances graduate has led her team to an eight-game winning streak heading into the All-Star break — a prime position to fulfill McCoughtry’s goal of finally putting on a championship ring.
She’ll play against Toliver and Team Delle Donne as part of Parker's squad.