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Saturday, July 23, 2011

Bird, Taurasi among WNBA's "Top 15"

Former UConn stars Sue Bird and Diana Taurasi were voted as two of the 15 players in the history of the WNBA.

The Top 15 were announced at halftime of Saturday's WNBA All-Star game. Joining Bird and Taurasi were Cynthia Cooper, Tina Thompson, Sheryl Swoopes, Lisa Leslie, Teresa Weatherspoon, Dawn Staley, Katie Smith, Ticha Penicheiro, Cappie Pondexter, Becky Hammon, Lauren Jackson, Yolanda Griffith and Tamika Catchings.

Taurasi's 20.6 career scoring average is second only to Cooper's 21 points per game avergae in WNBA history. Taurasi is also fifth on the WNBA's all-time scoring charts with 5,025 points and her 614 3-pointers is fourth in WNBA history.

Bird trails only Penicheiro on the WNBA's career assists list with 1,693 in 305 games
Bird ranks sixth all-time with 507 3-pointers and among players who have attempted at least 500 free throws, she is third on the career charts with 87.0 free-throw percentage.

Former Huskies Swin Cash and Nykesha Sales were on the initial ballot of 30 candidates.

Sales, who last played in the WNBA in 2008, still ranks 11th with an average of 1.76 steals per game and her total of 490 steals is also 11th in WNBA history. Sales' 3,955 points is the 17th most in WNBA history while Cash is 20th on the career charts with 3,818 points.

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