- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 11, 2002

Apparently, the WNBA doesn't respect the best team in the East.

Although Washington leads the Eastern Conference by 3-1/2; games with a 14-5 record, forward Chamique Holdsclaw was the only Mystics player named to the conference's 11-player roster after fan balloting ended July 7 and conference coaches voted in six reserves yesterday.

What's more, Holdsclaw, the leading vote-getter in the Eastern Conference, will not play in Monday's All-Star game at MCI Center because of an ankle injury.

The Los Angeles Sparks and Houston Comets, the top two teams in the Western Conference, have a combined five players on the roster.

Both conferences name alternates today, and East coach Anne Donovan of the Charlotte Sting could name Mystics rookie forward Stacey Dales-Schuman in place of Holdsclaw. That still leaves out Washington center Vicky Bullett, who averages 8.5 points and 6.5 rebounds but has carried the team since Holdsclaw has been out. Bullett also shoots 41.4 percent from 3-point range.

Donovan's Sting (9-8) placed the most players on the East team with point guard Dawn Staley, shooter Andrea Stinson and center Tammy Sutton-Brown. The selection of Sutton-Brown, who averages 12.6 points and 6.9 rebounds despite limited mobility, is considered questionable.

Fans voted Holdsclaw, Indiana Fever forward Tamika Catchings, Staley, New York Liberty point guard Teresa Weatherspoon, and Liberty center Tari Phillips, as the Eastern Conference starters.

In the Western Conference, starters include Comets guard Sheryl Swoopes, Sparks center Lisa Leslie, Comets forward Tina Thompson, Seattle Storm rookie guard Sue Bird, and flashy Sacramento Monarchs point guard Ticha Penicheiro.

The West roster also includes Utah Starzz guard Marie Ferdinand and forward Adrienne Goodson, Sparks guards Mwadi Mabika and Tamecka Dixon, Minnesota Lynx shooter Katie Smith and Storm center Lauren Jackson.


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