Tamika Catchings voted as starter for WNBA All-Star Game

NEW YORK - Minnesota star Maya Moore is the leading vote-getter for the WNBA All-Star game.

She will start for the Western Conference alongside Phoenix's Diana Taurasi and Brittney Griner, Tulsa's Skylar Diggins and Los Angeles' Candace Parker.

Elena Delle Donne received the most votes in the Eastern Conference, earning her second straight trip to the All-Star game. She became the first rookie to lead the league's All-Star balloting last year, but wasn't able to play after she suffered a concussion a few days before the game.

Delle Donne is sidelined with a flare-up of Lyme Disease and has only played once for Chicago in the past 10 games.

New York's Cappie Pondexter, Indiana's Tamika Catchings, and Atlanta's Shoni Schimmel and Angel McCoughtry round out the rest of the East starters for the July 19 game in Phoenix.

"This is truly an amazing time, and a blessing, to be voted in as an All-Star. I've only played in one game, but my fans have supported me thru it all. It is an honor to be voted in by my fans and those who love my game. This doesn't happen to everyone so I am truly appreciative. Thank you to everyone who voted for me, and knew that I would be back this season to play," Catchings said.

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