Catchings leads All-Star starters

After leading the Fever to the best record in the East, Indiana forward Tamika Catchings earned a starting spot in the WNBA All-Star Game as the top vote-getter with 94,316 votes.

Silver Stars guard Becky Hammon was the leading vote-getter in the West, which will be well represented by Seattle. Storm forwards Lauren Jackson and Swin Cash, and guard Sue Bird were also voted starters.

Los Angeles center Lisa Leslie completes the Western Conference lineup in her final season before retiring. Leslie, a three-time All-Star MVP, leads all players in WNBA history with eight All-Star appearances.

Catchings will start alongside Chicago teammates Candice Dupree and Sylvia Fowles. Indiana's Katie Douglas and Washington's Alana Beard complete the East's backcourt.

The Western starters will have the advantage in experience at the July 25 game at Mohegan Sun Arena, as all five of their starters have appeared in multiple All-Star Games. Fowles is a first-time All-Star, and Doulgas, Dupree and Beard were voted starters by the fans for the first time.

Fever head coach Lin Dunn will direct the Eastern squad since Bill Laimbeer, who led the Detroit Shock to the 2008 Eastern Conference championship, stepped down in early June. San Antonio's Dan Hughes will coach the West because the Silver Stars won the 2008 Western Conference title.

The 13 WNBA head coaches will select the reserves by voting for six players within their conference, including two guards, two forwards, one center and one player regardless of position.  Coaches are not permitted to vote for players on their team.