Beginner's luck: Three rookies are All-Star reserves

Updated: July 9, 2006, 1:23 AM ET
Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS -- A lucky few found out Saturday that they will get to live their All-Star dream. Some of them haven't had to wait too long.

Minnesota Lynx rookie guard Seimone Augustus was named as a reserve for the Western Conference team in the WNBA All-Star Game. A record three rookies were named reserves when the teams were filled out Saturday night.

David Sherman/Getty ImagesLynx rookie Seimone Augustus has taken the WNBA by storm.

"It is truly an honor to be named to the all-star team, especially as a rookie," Augustus said in a statement issued by the Lynx. "I'm excited to go to New York and represent my family, the Minnesota Lynx franchise and all Minnesota Lynx fans."

The game will be played at Madison Square Garden in New York Wednesday. It starts at 7:30 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on ESPN.

Augustus was the first overall pick in the 2006 WNBA draft. She leads the league in scoring with 22.7 points per game and ranks 15th in field goal percentage (.477), seventh in free throw percentage (.881) and fifth in minutes played per game (32.9).

Joining Augustus on the Western bench will be Lisa Leslie of the Los Angeles Sparks, Diana Taurasi of the Phoenix Mercury, Tina Thompson of the Houston Comets, and fellow rookies Sophia Young of the San Antonio Silver Stars and Cappie Pondexter of the Phoenix Mercury.

Pondexter recently set the rookie mark for points in a game with 35.

Leslie is a three-time All-Star MVP, and with Nykesha Sales, has been named an All-Star every year the game has been played. Sales will not play because of assorted injuries and was replaced on the squad by Connecticut teammate Taj McWilliams-Franklin.

The Eastern reserves are Alana Beard of the Washington Mystics, Katie Douglas of the Connecticut Sun, Cheryl Ford of the Detroit Shock, her teammates Deanna Nolan and Katie Smith and the Indiana Fever's Tamika Whitmore.

Veterans Douglas and Whitmore are making their first All-Star appearances.

The All-Star reserves are selected by coaches in their respective conferences.

Voted as starters for the East were Connecticut's Sales, Lindsay Whalen and Margo Dydek, Indiana's Tamika Catchings and New York's Becky Hammon.

The Western starters are Houston's Sheryl Swoopes and Dawn Staley, Seattle's Lauren Jackson and Sue Bird and Yolanda Griffith of Sacramento.


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