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The Journal Gazette

Friday, July 12, 2019 1:00 am

In the news

WNBA All-Star captains named

NEW YORK – Las Vegas will have a lot of its hometown players to root for at the WNBA All-Star Game on July 27.

Reigning rookie of the year A'ja Wilson is one of the team captains. She'll be joined by Aces teammates Liz Cambage and former Notre Dame player Kayla McBride in the starting lineup. Wilson may feel pressure to draft her two teammates for the game when her team faces a group led by Elena Delle Donne, who is a captain for the second straight season.

Wilson and Delle Donne will select their teams from the other starters chosen by the fans, media and players.

Other frontcourt players include Phoenix's Brittney Griner, Seattle's Natasha Howard and Connecticut's Jonquel Jones.

The four starting guards are Los Angeles' Chelsea Gray, Seattle's Jewell Loyd, also a former Irish player, alongside McBride and New York's Kia Nurse.

Fans make up 50% of the vote to determine the starters, while current WNBA players and a media panel accounted for 25% each.

The WNBA also announced Las Vegas' Bill Laimbeer and Washington's Mike Thibault as the coaches of the game. The two teams have the best records in the league as of Thursday.

Laimbeer will coach Delle Donne's team as the Aces have the best record, and Thibault will lead Wilson's since the Mystics have the second-best mark.

The league's coaches will vote for the 12 reserves.

– Associated Press