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Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Former Huskies piling up WNBA All-Star votes

Former UConn stars Maya Moore of the Minnesota Lynx and Diana Taurasi of the Phoenix Mercury rank second and third in WNBA All-Star voting among Western Conference players and if the voting ended today they would be in line to start in the July 27 game which will be held at Mohegan Sun Arena.

One-time UConn recruit Elena Delle Donne, a rookie forward with the Chicago Sky, leads all players with 16,761 votes while Candace Parker of the Los Angeles Sparks leads all Western Conference players with 15,623 (495 ahead of Moore). Taurasi leads all Western Conference guards with 12,625 votes.

Voting runs until July 14 but based on the first announced returns, the Eastern Conference starters would be Delle Donne, Tamika Catchings of Indiana, Atlanta's Angel McCoughtry, Epiphanny Prince of Chicago and New York's Cappie Pondexter. Parker, Taurasi and Moore would be joined in the Western Conference starting lineup by Brittney Griner of Phoenix and Seimone Augustus of Minnesota.

Reigning WNBA MVP Tina Charles of the Connecticut Sun is fourth among Eastern Conference frontcourt players with 8,066 votes, Swin Cash is sixth among Eastern Conference frontcourt players while Tiffany Hayes is eighth among Eastern Conference backcourt players.

Here are the voting totals:
Guards: Cappie Pondexter (NY) 8,670; Epiphanny Prince (Chi) 6,898; Ivory Latta (Wsh) 6,772; Kara Lawson (Con) 5,785; Katie Douglas (Ind) 5,230; Briann January (Ind) 4,098; Courtney Vandersloot 3,467; Tiffany Hayes (Atl) 2,534; Allison Hightower (CON) 1,832; Armintie Herrington (Atl) 1,749

Frontcourt: Elena Delle Donne (Chi) 16,761; Tamika Catchings (Ind) 13,399; Angel McCoughtry (Atl) 8,660; Tina Charles (Con) 8,066;Sylvia Fowles (Chi) 6,633; Swin Cash (Chi) 5,854; Shavonte Zellous (Ind) 3,139; Kara Braxton (NY) 1,883; Erlana Larkins (Ind) 1,819; Crystal Langhorne (Wsh) 1,798; Erika de Souza (Atl) 1,783

Guards: Diana Taurasi (Phx) 12,625; Seimone Augustus (Minn) 9,095; Skylar Diggins (Tul) 7,764; Lindsay Whalen (Minn) 6,834; Kristi Toliver (LA) 3,797; Lindsey Harding (LA) 3,776; Becky Hammon (SA) 2,984;  Danielle Robinson (SA) 2,420; Candice Wiggins (Tul) 2,178; Temeka Johnson (Sea) 1,195

Frontcourt: Candace Parker (LA) 15,623; Maya Moore (Minn) 15,128; Brittney Griner (Phx) 10,620; Glory Johnson (Tul) 6,031; Nneka Ogwumike (LA) 5,556; Rebekkah Brunson (Minn) 4,862; Tina Thompson (LA) 4,713; DeWanna Bonner (Phx) 4,560; Candice Dupree (Phx) 4,308; Janel McCarville (Minn) 2,604; Alana Beard 2,563; Liz Cambage 2,017

ESPN is planning to televise the women's basketball semifinals and gold-medal game at the World University Games on July 13 and 15 respectively on ESPNU and ESPN3.

The U.S. team includes UConn's Bria Hartley and Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis.

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