User ID
Password
  Forgot User ID
or Register Today!
VegasInsider.com
Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Follow Us on Google+ VI Mobile Scores and Betting Odds
Home
NFL
NBA
NHL
MLB
NCAA FB
NCAA BK
Soccer
Golf
Auto
Horses
More
Betting Tools

 
Ogwumike's headline All-Star reserves

New Sportsbook.ag customers: Make your 1st bet, get your 2nd bet free, 100%, winnings paid in cash.
Join Now

Already have an account? Click here to view new Exclusive Rewards!

NEW YORK (AP) - The WNBA All-Star game will have a familial feel.

Advertisement
Chiney and Nneka Ogwumike became the first pair of sisters to be chosen to participate in the WNBA All-Star game when the league announced the reserves on Tuesday night.

''It means the world to me because, honestly, I didn't expect to come to the league and be able to feel like a confident player,'' Chiney Ogwumike said of the honor. ''You expect rookie struggles, and I have struggled at times, but I have great teammates who lift me up, and I have an organization that gives me so much confidence. And to be there alongside my sister. ... I think it's just awesome and I feel blessed.''

The two squared off Sunday for the first time in their pro careers, with Nneka's Los Angeles Sparks coming away with an easy victory over Chiney's Connecticut Sun. Now they will play against each other again on Saturday in Phoenix.

''Being named an All-Star the second year in a row is definitely an honor,'' Nneka Ogwumike said. ''I'm ecstatic to be sharing this accolade again with my teammate Candace Parker and most especially, my sister.''

The other Eastern Conference reserves are New York's Tina Charles, Chicago's Jessica Breland, Atlanta's Erika de Souza, Connecticut's Katie Douglas and Indiana's Briann January. Douglas will be making her fifth All-Star appearance, Charles her third, and de Souza her second, while Breland and January will join Chiney Ogwumike in making their All-Star debuts.

The Western Conference reserves are Minnesota's Seimone Augustus and Lindsay Whalen, Phoenix's Candice Dupree, Tulsa's Glory Johnson and San Antonio's Danielle Robinson. This marks the fifth All-Star appearance for Augustus and the fourth for both Dupree and Whalen, while Johnson and Robinson join Nneka Ogwumike in returning to the All-Star stage for a second time.

While the starters for the game were chosen by the fans, the reserves were picked by the league's coaches.

If any of the All-Stars aren't able to play Saturday because of injury, WNBA President Laurel J. Richie will decide on a replacement.

Atlanta's Michael Cooper will coach the Eastern Conference team and Minnesota's Cheryl Reeve will be in charge of the West. Fred Williams led Atlanta to the Eastern Conference title last season, but left to coach Tulsa. Cooper now coaches the Dream, and was chosen because they have the best record in the East this season.

---

Follow Doug on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/dougfeinberg

AP NEWS
The Associated Press News Service

Copyright 2014
The Associated Press
All Rights Reserved

  
HEADLINES
News: 2014 WNBA Playoff Results
US pulls away from Canada
Tough choices for US hoops roster
Phoenix in good shape after title
Mercury sweep Sky for third WNBA title
Moore unanimous choice for 1st team
US women's team opens training camp
Catchings, Parker out of women's worlds
League Strong, Says WNBA President
MORE HEADLINES
 
  
corner graphic
With a VI Gold Membership, you can SAVE 10% off a Live Odds subscription, SAVE 20% off Daily Pick packages, and receive access to up to 1,000 Member Plays each month!
VI Daily Fantasy NFL Perfect Lineup Contest