The starters for the July 9 WNBA All-Star Game at Mohegan Sun Arena in Connecticut were announced yesterday.
The Mystics will not be represented by a starter, but there is a chance that rookie point guard Temeka Johnson, shooting guard Alana Beard or center Chasity Melvin could be added as reserves. The WNBA head coaches will vote on reserves for both teams.
Houston Comets forward Sheryl Swoopes and Indiana Fever forward Tamika Catchings were the top vote-getters.
Swoopes, one of nine remaining players from the WNBA's inaugural season in 1997, garnered the most votes for the fifth time -- receiving 108,999. She will be joined in the Western Conference starting lineup by Sacramento Monarchs center Yolanda Griffith, Phoenix Mercury guard Diana Taurasi, forward Lauren Jackson and guard Sue Bird of the defending champion Seattle Storm.
Catchings, leading the league in steals and fifth in assists, received 93,842 votes. Other starters for the Eastern Conference are guards Dawn Staley of the Charlotte Sting and Becky Hammon of the New York Liberty, forward Swin Cash and center Ruth Riley of the Detroit Shock.
Road Trip Ahead
The Mystics won't play again until they host Detroit on July 7. Following that game, the Mystics will embark on a five-game road trip that will have a major influence on their playoff hopes. The trip will begin July 13 at defending WNBA champion Seattle, includes stops in Phoenix, Sacramento and Los Angeles, where the Mystics are 0-6 all time, and will conclude at Houston on July 21.
The looming road trip is one reason Mystics Coach Richie Adubato has placed such an emphasis on winning at home after the team opened the season 2-5. After completing the trip, the Mystics will play five of their next six games at MCI Center.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.