NEW YORK — Elena Delle Donne became the first rookie to lead the WNBA All-Star voting when the starters were announced Thursday night.
Delle Donne received 35,646 votes, nearly 2,000 more than Los Angeles Sparks forward and former Tennessee star Candace Parker.
The Chicago Sky first-year player, who was the No. 2 pick in the WNBA draft this past April, will be joined on the Eastern Conference squad by teammate Epiphanny Prince.
New York’s Cappie Pondexter, Indiana’s Tamika Catchings, who played for the Lady Vols, and Atlanta’s Angel McCoughtry also will be in the starting lineup.
Parker is joined in the West by Phoenix teammates Brittney Griner and Diana Taurasi as well as Minnesota Lynx stars Maya Moore and Seimone Augustus.
Parker will be playing in her first All-Star game. She had just given birth to her daughter Lailaa in 2009 and was injured in 2011. There were no All-Star games when she was a rookie in 2008 or last season because of the Olympics. In 2010, there was an exhibition between the U.S. national team and a group from the WNBA.
“It means a lot,” Parker said. “This will be my first time going and it’s really exciting. Anytime that you’re voted in it’s a huge honor. And I’m very humbled by that. It gives you motivation to prove yourself and continue to work hard.”
The All-Star game will take place on Saturday, July 27 and the reserves will be announced on Tuesday.