WNBA vs. USA Basketball: The Stars at the Sun will showcase the world’s best female basketball players on Saturday, July 10. The event will mark the second straight year that the WNBA’s midseason showcase has been played before a sold-out crowd at Mohegan Sun Arena.
Serving as head coach of the WNBA stars will be Brian Agler of the Seattle Storm, who earned the honor by virtue of his team having the best winning percentage through games of July 1. Nancy Darsch, the lead assistant under Agler with the Storm, will serve in the same capacity with the WNBA team during The Stars at the Sun.
The USA Basketball Women’s National Team is coached by Geno Auriemma, University of Connecticut Women’s Basketball Coach. His assistants are Doug Bruno (head coach, DePaul University), Jennifer Gillom (head coach, Los Angeles Sparks) and Marynell Meadors (head coach, Atlanta Dream).
The top WNBA players will participate in the Three-Point Contest and the Skills Challenge as part of the 2010 WNBA vs. USA Basketball: The Stars at the Sun Pregame Challenge. The Pregame Challenge will take place prior to The Stars at the Sun game and will be streamed live on WNBA.com beginning at approximately 2:00 p.m. ET on Saturday, July 10.
Six of the league’s elite shooters will compete over two rounds in the Three-Point Contest, including Sue Bird (Seattle Storm), Swin Cash (Seattle Storm), Katie Douglas (Indiana Fever), Monique Currie (Washington Mystics),Angel McCoughtry (Atlanta Dream), and Lindsay Whalen (Minnesota Lynx).
Players will have one minute to make as many three-pointers as they can from five shooting stations behind the arc. Each spot consists of five basketballs – four WNBA balls worth one point apiece and one “Money Ball” worth two points. The top three scorers will advance to the final round.
The Skills Challenge will feature six players competing to make a series of baskets while navigating an obstacle course. Lindsey Harding (Washington Mystics), Angel McCoughtry (Atlanta Dream), Cappie Pondexter (New York Liberty), Lindsay Whalen (Minnesota Lynx), Iziane Castro Marques (Atlanta Dream), and Renee Montgomery (Connecticut Sun) will participate in the event.
|Jayne Appel||San Antonio Silver Stars|
|Rebekkah Brunson||Minnesota Lynx|
|Lindsey Whalen||San Antonio Silver Stars|
|Iziane Castro Marques||Atlanta Dream|
|Katie Douglas||Indiana Fever|
|Lauren Jackson||Seattle Storm|
|Crystal Langhorne||Washington Mystics|
|Sancho Lyttle||Atlanta Dream|
|Michelle Snow||San Antonio Silver Stars|
|Penny Taylor||Phoenix Mercury|
|Sophia Young||San Antonio Silver Stars|
|Sue Bird||Seattle Storm|
|Swin Cash||Seattle Storm|
|Tamika Catchings||Indiana Fever|
|Tina Charles||Connecticut Sun|
|Candice Dupree||Phoenix Mercury|
|Sylvia Fowles||Chicago Sky|
|Angel McCoughtry||Atlanta Dream|
|Maya Moore||University of Connecticut|
|Renee Montgomery||Connecticut Sun|
|Cappie Pondexter||New York Liberty|
|Diana Taurasi||Phoenix Mercury|
More info at WNBA.com. ESPN will televise the game Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET, with coverage presented by adidas.