Mercury forward Candice Dupree and former Arizona State guard Briann January were among 12 reserves selected for Saturday’s WNBA All-Star Game at US Airways Center.
Dupree, who is averaging 15.2 points and 6.9 rebounds per game for the first place Mercury, joins two of her Phoenix teammates — starting center Brittney Griner and starting guard Diana Taurasi — on the Western Conference roster. This is Dupree’s fourth All-Star Game selection, but first as a member of the Mercury. The last time Phoenix had three All-Stars was during its first championship season in 2007: Taurai, Penny Taylor and Cappie Pondexter.
In addition to Dupree, the Western Conference reserve are forwards Nneka Ogwumike of the Los Angeles Sparks and Glory Johnson of the Tulsa Shock and guards Seimone Augustus and Lindsay Whalen of the Minnesota Lynx and Danielle Robinson of the San Antonio Stars.
January, a guard for the Indiana Fever, was selected for her first All-Star game. She is averaging 11.1 points and 4.3 assists per game.
Joining January as the Eastern Conference reserves are forwards Chiney Ogwumike of the Connecticut Sun, 2012 league MVP Tina Charles of the New York Liberty, Jessica Breland of the Chicago Sky and Erika de Souza of the Atlanta Dream and guard Katie Douglas of the Connecticut Sun.
Western Conference starters are Taurasi, Griner, Maya Moore of Minnesota, Candace Parker of Los Angeles and Skylar Diggins of Tulsa.
Eastern Conference starters are Tamika Catchings of Indiana, Elena Delle Donne of Chicago, Angel McCoughtry and Shoni Schimmel of Atlanta and Cappie Pondexter of New York.
Tickets for Saturday’s game, which tips off at 12:30 p.m., can be purchased online at phoenixmercury.com/allstar, at the US Airways Center Ticket Office or by calling (602) 252-WNBA. All-Star Weekend Fan Fest, featuring live music and entertainment, interactive activities and appearances by WNBA players, begins at 4 p.m. on Friday at Downtown CityScape. Fan Fest is free for all ages.