Tuesday, July 21, 2009
July 20, 2009
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - The WNBA announced today that Detroit Shock guard and 2008 WNBA Finals MVP Katie Smith has been named a 2009 WNBA All-Star Eastern Conference reserve. The All-Star reserves were selected by coaches in their respective conferences. Coaches could not vote for players on their own team The All-Star Game, the ninth in league history, will be held on Saturday, July 25 at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Conn. and will be televised nationally on ABC at 3:30 p.m. ET.
Smith, who is in her 11th WNBA season, earns her seventh All-Star appearance, second as a member of the Shock, and is the sole representative of the defending champion Shock this year.
Through 13 games this season, Smith is averaging 14.7 points and 2.9 assists.
In her first All-Star appearance as a member of the Shock in 2006, Smith scored 14 points to help the East defeat the West for the first time in league history, 98-82. That made Smith, previously an All-Star for Minnesota (2000-2003, 2005) in the West, the first WNBA player to win the All-Star game as a member of both conferences.
Following are the reserves for the 2009 WNBA All-Star Game:
Eastern Conference Reserves: Western Conference Reserves Katie Smith (Detroit Shock) Guard Diana Taurasi (Phoenix Mercury) Guard Jia Perkins (Chicago Sky) Guard Cappie Pondexter (Phoenix Mercury) Guard/Forward Sancho Lyttle (Atlanta Dream) Forward/Center Nicky Anosike (Minnesota Lynx) Center Shameka Christon (New York Liberty) Forward Tina Thompson (Los Angeles Sparks) Forward Asjha Jones (Connecticut Sun) Forward Charde Houston (Minnesota Lynx) Forward Erika de Souza (Atlanta Dream) Forward/Center Sophia Young (San Antonio Silver Stars) Forward