- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 11, 2017

The WNBA announced the starters for the 2017 All-Star Game in Seattle on Tuesday, with Elena Delle Donne of the Washington Mystics part of the Eastern Conference’s starting five.

The 2015 WNBA MVP, Delle Donne is averaging 19.8 points and 6.6 rebounds per game for the 10-8 Mystics. She received the most fan votes in the Eastern Conference with 31,414 votes and was named as All-Star starter Tuesday for the fourth time in her career. She has started in every All-Star Game that she was selected.

Delle Donne will be joined on the Eastern Conference team by another former MVP in Tina Charles of the New York Liberty, along with the Atlanta Dream’s Tiffany Hayes and Jonquel Jones and Jasmine Thomas of the Connecticut Sun. Jones starred at George Washington.

The Western Conference starters are headlined by Sue Bird, a member of the Seattle Storm selected to her 10th WNBA All-Star Game, tying a league record.

“For many reasons, I’m super excited to have been voted in as a starter,” Bird said. “Of course because the game is being held in Seattle and I’ll get to represent my team and city, but also the fans, the other players in the league and the media were the ones that chose. It’s an incredible honor and I can’t wait to put on a good show in Key Arena.”

Rounding out the group are Minnesota Lynx teammates Maya Moore and Sylvia Fowles, Candace Parker of the Los Angeles Sparks, and the Phoenix Mercury’s Diana Taurasi.

The starters were determined by a mixture of fan, player and media voting. Fan votes accounted for 50 percent, while players and a media panel accounted for 25 percent each. Reserves will be revealed on July 18. 

The WNBA All-Star Game is scheduled to take place on July 22, broadcast live on ESPN at 3:30 p.m. ET. 

— Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.

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