The Seattle Storm’s Sue Bird led all players (127,490) in final returns of the 2010 “WNBA vs. USA Basketball: The Stars at the Sun” balloting, released on Tuesday. San Antonio Silver Star Becky Hammon (116,391) finished second.
The All-Star showcase features the U.S. national team vs. a team of WNBA stars at Mohegan Sun Arena on July 10.
Rounding out the top five are the Indiana Fever’s Tamika Catchings (100,248), the Phoenix Mercury’s Diana Taurasi (93,649) and Bird’s Seattle teammate Swin Cash (85,236).
Lauren Jackson (80,392), the Los Angeles Sparks’ Candace Parker (78,624), Silver Star teammates Jayne Appel (69,316), Michelle Snow (67,906) and Sophia Young (65,974) made up the rest of the top 10, who are guaranteed a position on the team rosters. Unlike previous years, the players selected by fans will not necessarily be starters.
Bird, Catchings, Taurasi and Cash, already in the U.S. national team pool, will play for the U.S. and coach Geno Auriemma, while the remaining players who have been voted in by the fans will play on the WNBA team. Parker is in the U.S. pool as well but is out for the season with a shoulder injury.
Hammon is Russian citizen, Jackson is from Australia and Young is from the West Indies. The 11-member U.S. squad will be announced on Thursday, and could include Sun rookie Tina Charles, Sun guard Kara Lawson, Sun guard Renee Montgomery and UConn senior Maya Moore.