By: Kayla Mortellaro
PHOENIX— Brittney Griner and Candice Dupree were named as 2015 WNBA All-Star starters Tuesday.
Griner has been selected as an All- Star starter all three years she has been in the league while Dupree will be making her first All-Star start but her fifth overall appearance (2006, 2007, 2009, 2014, 2015).
Dupree has started in all 13 games for the Mercury this season averaging 14.6 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.8 assists a game. Meanwhile, Griner served a seven-game suspension and since her return is averaging 17.8 points and 3.8 blocks in six games.
Joining Dupree and Griner for the All-Star game in Connecticut on July 25, 2015, will be familiar faces in Mercury head coach Sandy Brondello and her staff. As a result of winning the WNBA Championship last season, Brondello will serve as the Western Conference All-Star head coach. Assistants Julie Hairgrove and Todd Troxel as well as head athletic trainer Tamara Poole will make the journey also.
Brondello, who played in the All-Star game in 1999, will become the first person to be a part of the All-Star game as a player and a head coach.
Rounding out the Western Conference All-Star starters are Minnesota’s forward Maya Moore and guard Seimone Augustus, and Tulsa’s guard Skylar Diggins. Diggins’ season ended after she tore her ACL and her All-Star replacement will be named by WNBA President Laurel Richie.
On the opposing side of the court will be Chicago Sky head coach Pokey Chatman, who was at the helm of the Sky last season for their Eastern Conference Championship. Chatman’s starting All-Star roster will consist of Sky forward Elena Delle Donne, who is averaging 25.8 points a game, which is on pace to set a WNBA single-season record. Filling out the roster will be the Atlanta Dream’s guard Shoni Schimmel and forward Angel McCoughtry, Indiana Fever forward Tamika Catchings, and New York Liberty center Tina Charles.
The All-Star game is set for July 25th at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. The game tips off at 12:30 p.m. on ABC.
Meanwhile, Mercury guard/forward DeWanna Bonner finished fifth in the All-Star voting for the West and Leilani Mitchell finished ninth. All-Star reserves are set to be announced July 21, 2015.