NEW YORK, N.Y. — Eleven former BIG EAST women’s basketball players have been selected to play in the 2011 WNBA All-Star Game, including seven picked as starters. The seven starters combined to hold nine of the last 10 BIG EAST Player of the Year honors.
Ex-Connecticut teammates Swin Cash (’02), Sue Bird (’02) and Diana Taurasi (‘04) were named starters for the Western Conference All-Stars. Recent UConn graduate and WNBA rookie Maya Moore (‘11) also joins them as a starter for the West squad. Moore is the first rookie voted to start in the WNBA All-Star game since Tamika Catchings and Bird in 2002.
Bird, Taurasi and Moore combined to hold six BIG EAST Player of the Year awards.
For the Eastern Conference All-Stars, three former BIG EAST standouts were selected as starters including Rutgers product Cappie Pondexter (‘06) and Louisville star Angel McCoughtry (‘07). UConn’s Tina Charles (‘10) also was picked. The trio each garnered BIG EAST Player of the Year accolades during their collegiate careers.
Four former BIG EAST standouts also were named reserves. Rebekkah Brunson (Georgetown ‘04) headlines the Western Conference team, while Essence Carson (Rutgers ‘06), Epiphanny Prince (Rutgers ‘08) and Renee Montgomery (Connecticut ‘09) represent the Eastern Conference squad.
The 2011 WNBA All-Star Game will be nationally broadcast on ABC, Saturday, July 23 at 3:30 p.m. ET from San Antonio. The game will be played at the AT&T Center.