The WNBA released early returns for its “WNBA vs. USA Basketball: The Stars at the Sun” balloting and San Antonio seems to be escaping the summer heat by hanging out inside to vote its players to the game.
Five Silver Stars players are leading early returns, headed by C Michelle Snow (49,029) and reserve Jayne Appel (48,746). Teammates Becky Hammon (42,720), F Sophia Young (36,549), and C Ruth Riley (35,612) follow. Storm PG Sue Bird (30,384) is the first player not in a Texas uniform, rounding out the top-10 with Indiana F Tamika Catchings (24,486); Los Angeles F Candace Parker (22,103), and Phoenix G Diana Taurasi (21,298).
The numbers are slight skewed, however. One, it’s early, and two, the top-10 WNBA players will face Team USA in the game. So, once those national team players are plucked from the lineup, it’s the remainder who represent the WNBA “All-Stars” with the coaches rounding out any missing holes.
This is an opportunity for players like Storm F Camille Little (11,659) or Washington F Monique Currie (3,237) to get recognition for their strong seasons in the shadow of bigger stars. Guess their fans will have to get to work like San Antonio.
Online voting ends June 21. The game is July 10 at Mohegan Sun Arena and will be aired on ESPN at 12:30 p.m. PST.
Here’s the full returns release as provided by the WNBA:
Michelle Snow (SA) 49,029; Jayne Appel (SA) 48,746; Becky Hammon (SA) 42,720; Sophia Young (SA) 36,549; Ruth Riley (SA) 35,612; Sue Bird (Sea) 30,384; Tamika Catchings (Ind) (24,486); Candace Parker (LA) 22,103; Diana Taurasi (Phx) 21,298; Briann January (Ind) 20,935; Shavonte Zellous (Ind) 19,800; Alexis Hornbuckle (Tul) 19,743; Penny Taylor (Phx) 19,638; Plenette Pierson (NY) 19,279; Scholanda Robinson (Tul) 19,135; Kara Braxton (Tul) 18,785; Lauren Jackson (Sea) 16,924; Candice Wiggins (Min) 16,224; Swin Cash (Sea) 15,195; Kara Lawson (Con) 13,970; Camille Little (Sea) 11,659; Tanisha Wright (Sea) 11,434; Katie Douglas (Ind) 9,890; Ebony Hoffman (Ind) 7,636; Tammy Sutton-Brown (Ind) 7,620; Tina Thompson (LA) 5,796; Sylvia Fowles (Chi) 5,740; Cappie Pondexter (NY) 5,557; Tina Charles (Con) 5,262; Nicky Anosike (Min) 4,856; Katie Smith (Was) 4,181; Candice Dupree (Phx) 3,291; Angel McCoughtry (Atl) 3,804; Monique Currie (Was) 3,237; Iziane Castro Marques (Atl) 3,195; Epiphanny Prince (Chi) 3,172; Lindsay Whalen (Min) 3,145; Betty Lennox (LA) 3,037; Shameka Christon (Chi) 2,981; Ticha Penicheiro (LA) 2,959; Crystal Langhorne (Was) 2,839; Catherine Kraayeveld (Chi) 2,825; Janel McCarville (NY) 2,734; Seimone Augustus (Min) 2,672; Erika de Souza (Atl) 2,599; Jia Perkins (Chi) 2,501; Lindsey Harding (Was) 2,475; Renee Montgomery (Con) 2,333; Marissa Coleman (Was) 2,252; Taj McWilliams-Franklin (NY) 2,240; Asjha Jones (Con) 2,114; Nicole Powell (NY) 1,861; Charde Houston (Min) 1,815; Sancho Lyttle (Atl) 1,656; Anete Jekabsone-Zogota (Con) 1,631; Temeka Johnson (Phx) 1,615; DeLisha Milton-Jones (LA) 1,566; Tangela Smith (Phx) 1,418; Essence Carson (NY) 1,282; Shalee Lehning (Atl) 1,209.