Tuesday, June 15, 2010

And the winner is ... Michelle Snow?

Early returns on balloting for the U.S.A. Basketball-WNBA All-Star Event at Mohegan Sun Arena — dubbed "Stars at the Sun" — are in, and they're, let's say ... a little screwy.

San Antonio center Michelle Snow is the top vote-getter with 49,029 votes, and the next four after her are all her Silver Star teammates: Jayne Appel (48,746), Becky Hammon (42,720), Sophia Young (36,549) and Ruth Riley (35,612).

Obviously people in San Antonio know how to work a computer. And Hammon and Young are not surprises. But with all due to respect to Snow (9.3 points, 7.3 rebounds), Appel (1.8, 1.6) and Riley (5.4, 3.0), they simply don't belong.

Online voting runs through June 21, with the announcement of the top 10 vote-getters set for June 29. Expect some type of correction between now and then, or else, the WNBA's marquee midseason event is going to be somewhat of a joke without its best players represented.

The full list of vote-getters is below but just to see get a sense of how distorted the voting has been so far, consider this: Tina Charles, the league's top rookie thus far who leads the Sun in scoring (14.3 points) and is fourth in the league in rebounding (10 per game) is ... 29th.

Indiana's top vote-getter, meanwhile, behind Tamika Catchings is reserve Briann January (20,935) and Tulsa's Alexis Hornbuckle, who was suspended two games for a DUI and is averaging 5.6 points per game, ranks 12th, right behind former teammate Shavonte Zellous.

Michelle Snow (SA) 49,029; Jayne Appel (SA) 48,746; Becky Hammon (SA) 42,720; Sophia Young (SA) 36,549; Ruth Riley (SA) 35,612; Sue Bird (Sea) 30,384; Tamika Catchings (Ind) (24,486); Candace Parker (LA) 22,103; Diana Taurasi (Phx) 21,298; Briann January (Ind) 20,935; Shavonte Zellous (Ind) 19,800; Alexis Hornbuckle (Tul) 19,743; Penny Taylor (Phx) 19,638; Plenette Pierson (NY) 19,279; Scholanda Robinson (Tul) 19,135; Kara Braxton (Tul) 18,785; Lauren Jackson (Sea) 16,924; Candice Wiggins (Min) 16,224; Swin Cash (Sea) 15,195; Kara Lawson (Con) 13,970; Camille Little (Sea) 11,659; Tanisha Wright (Sea) 11,434; Katie Douglas (Ind) 9,890; Ebony Hoffman (Ind) 7,636; Tammy Sutton-Brown (Ind) 7,620; Tina Thompson (LA) 5,796; Sylvia Fowles (Chi) 5,740; Cappie Pondexter (NY) 5,557; Tina Charles (Con) 5,262; Nicky Anosike (Min) 4,856; Katie Smith (Was) 4,181; Candice Dupree (Phx) 3,291; Angel McCoughtry (Atl) 3,804; Monique Currie (Was) 3,237; Iziane Castro Marques (Atl) 3,195; Epiphanny Prince (Chi) 3,172; Lindsay Whalen (Min) 3,145; Betty Lennox (LA) 3,037; Shameka Christon (Chi) 2,981; Ticha Penicheiro (LA) 2,959; Crystal Langhorne (Was) 2,839; Catherine Kraayeveld (Chi) 2,825; Janel McCarville (NY) 2,734; Seimone Augustus (Min) 2,672; Erika de Souza (Atl) 2,599; Jia Perkins (Chi) 2,501; Lindsey Harding (Was) 2,475; Renee Montgomery (Con) 2,333; Marissa Coleman (Was) 2,252; Taj McWilliams-Franklin (NY) 2,240; Asjha Jones (Con) 2,114; Nicole Powell (NY) 1,861; Charde Houston (Min) 1,815; Sancho Lyttle (Atl) 1,656; Anete Jekabsone-Zogota (Con) 1,631; Temeka Johnson (Phx) 1,615; DeLisha Milton-Jones (LA) 1,566; Tangela Smith (Phx) 1,418; Essence Carson (NY) 1,282; Shalee Lehning (Atl) 1,209.

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