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WNBA’s 2017 All-Star festivities in full swing

Published on July 21, 2017

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The WNBA’s 2017 All-Star kicked off Friday with several All-Stars and league president Lisa Borders raising a 20’ x 30’ WNBA flag at Seattle’s Space Needle Friday morning. It will be the first time the league’s flag will fly at the landmark which offers views of the surrounding area including the Cascades and Mt. Rainer.

List of the Weekend’s Activities || Starters and Reserves || All-Star History

 

WNBA All-Star Activities

Friday, July 21

1:45 p.m PT
Sue Bird (Seattle Storm) and Holly Rowe press conference to sign 6-year-old Eniyah Washington to a WNBA All-Star contract for the Western Conference team, through the Austen Everett Foundation.

2 p.m. PT
All-Star Open Practices
The Eastern Conference and Western Conference All-Star teams will each have an open practice at KeyArena. Open practices are available to those who have purchased tickets to the All-Star Game. Seating is general admission. The East All-Stars will practice from 2 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. PT. The West All-Stars will practice from 3:15 p.m. to 4 p.m. PT. Media availability will take place between practices starting at 2:45 p.m. PT.

6 p.m. PT
WNBA Orange Carpet and Welcome Reception
WNBA All-Stars will walk the WNBA Orange Carpet outside of the Space Needle, with player arrivals beginning at 6 p.m. PT.

Evening
Famous and iconic Seattle buildings will be turning their lights orange, the color of the WNBA, Friday night in recognition of Verizon WNBA All-Star 2017: The Great Wheel, CenturyLink Field, MOHAI (the Museum of History and Industry, the W Hotel, Columbia Center (the tallest building in Seattle, the Westin Hotel, Two Union Square skyscraper, the Allen Institute.

Saturday, July 22

10 a.m. PT
Pregame Fanfest at KeyArena

12:30 p.m. PT/3:30 p.m. ET
East WNBA All-Stars vs. West WNBA All-Stars
ABC

Halftime: Three-point contest – $10,000 will be donated to a charity of the winner’s choice in support of her work in the community.
Participants: Sue Bird (Seattle Storm), Maya Moore (Minnesota Lynx), Allie Quigley (Chicago Sky), Sugar Rodgers (New York Liberty), Jasmine Thomas (Connecticut Sun)

Starters and Reserves

EASTERN CONFERENCE ALL-STARS
Head Coach: Bill Laimbeer (New York Liberty)

STARTERS
PLAYER TEAM POSITION HEIGHT COLLEGE YEARS ALL-STAR GAMES
Tina Charles Liberty Frontcourt 6-4 Connecticut 7 5
Elena Delle Donne Mystics Frontcourt 6-5 Delaware 4 4
Tiffany Hayes Dream Guard 5-10 Connecticut 5 1
Jonquel Jones Sun Frontcourt 6-6 George Washington 1 1
Jasmine Thomas Sun Guard 5-9 Duke 6 1

 

RESERVES
PLAYER  TEAM  POSITION  HEIGHT  COLLEGE  YEARS  ALL-STAR GAMES
Layshia Clarendon^ Dream Guard 5-9 California 4 1
Stefanie Dolson Sky Frontcourt 6-5 Connecticut 3 2
Candice Dupree Fever Frontcourt 6-2 Temple 11 6
Allie Quigley^ Sky Guard 5-10 DePaul 8 1
Alyssa Thomas^ Sun Frontcourt 6-2 Maryland 3 1
Elizabeth Williams^ Dream Frontcourt 6-3 Duke 2 1

WESTERN CONFERENCE ALL-STARS
Head Coach: Cheryl Reeve (Minnesota Lynx)

STARTERS
PLAYER TEAM POSITION HEIGHT COLLEGE YEARS ALL-STAR GAMES
Sue Bird* Storm Guard 5-9 Connecticut 14 10
Sylvia Fowles* Lynx Frontcourt 6-6 LSU 9 4
Maya Moore* Lynx Frontcourt 6-0 Connecticut 6 5
Candace Parker* Sparks Frontcourt 6-4 Tennessee 9 4
Diana Taurasi* Mercury Guard 6-0 Connecticut 12 8

 

RESERVES            
TEAM POSITION HEIGHT COLLEGE YEARS ALL-STAR GAMES
Seimone Augustus Lynx Guard 6-0 LSU 11 7
Skylar Diggins-Smith Wings Guard 5-9 Notre Dame 4 3
Chelsea Gray^ Sparks Guard 5-11 Duke 2 1
Brittney Griner@ Mercury Frontcourt 6-9 Baylor 4 4
Nneka Ogwumike Sparks Frontcourt 6-2 Stanford 5 4
Breanna Stewart^ Storm Frontcourt 6-4 Connecticut 1 1

* denotes starter, as voted by the fans, media and current WNBA players
^ denotes first-time All-Star selection
@ denotes injured, unable to play
Years denotes number of seasons completed entering 2017
All-Star Games denotes number of All-Star selections including 2017

History

Date Location Won Lost
July 14, 1999 Madison Square Garden (New York) West 79 East 61
July 17, 2000 America West Arena (Phoenix) West 73 East 61
July 16, 2001 TD Waterhouse Centre (Orlando, Fla.) West 80 East 72
July 15, 2002 MCI Center (Washington) West 81 East 76
July 12, 2003 Madison Square Garden (New York) West 84 East 75
July 9, 2005 Mohegan Sun Arena (Uncasville, Conn.) West 122 East 99
July 12, 2006 Madison Square Garden (New York) East 98 West 82
July 15, 2007 Verizon Center (Washington) East 103 West 99
July 25, 2009 Mohegan Sun Arena (Uncasville, Conn.) West 130 East 118
July 23, 2011 AT&T Center (San Antonio) East 118 West 113
July 27, 2013 Mohegan Sun Arena (Uncasville, Conn.) West 102 East 98
July 19, 2014 US Airways Center (Phoenix) East 125 West 124
July 25, 2015 Mohegan Sun Arena (Uncasville, Conn.) West 117 East 112

*In 2010, in advance of the FIBA World Championship, and in 2004, prior to the Athens Olympics, the U.S. Women’s National Team, comprised primarily of WNBA players, squared off against a team of WNBA stars in an exhibition match.  No game was held in 2008, 2012 or 2016 prior to the Olympic Games in Beijing, London and Rio, respectively.

This post is part of the thread: 2017 WNBA Season – an ongoing story on this site. View the thread timeline for more context on this post.


 

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