Friday, July 9, 2010

Whalen an All-Star; other "Stars" notes

Lynx guard Lindsay Whalen, who the Connecticut Sun traded to Minnesota during the offseason, will return to Mohegan Sun Arena on Saturday as a replacement player in the "Stars at the Sun" All-Star event featuring the U.S. national team.

Whalen, who spent the first six seasons of her WNBA career with the Sun, will fill the spot on the WNBA squad vacated by San Antonio's Becky Hammon, who suffered a quad injury in Thursday night’s game at Minnesota.

Whalen is averaging 10.8 points and 5.0 assists this season.

The league also announced the participants for the 3-point competition and skills challenge, scheduled to run before the All-Star Game (3:30 p.m., ESPN) on Saturday.

Competitors in the 3-point contest include: Sue Bird (Seattle Storm), Swin Cash (Seattle Storm), Katie Douglas (Indiana Fever), Monique Currie (Washington Mystics), Angel McCoughtry (Atlanta Dream), and Whalen.

Competitors in the skills challenge include: Lindsey Harding (Washington Mystics), Angel McCoughtry (Atlanta Dream), Cappie Pondexter (New York Liberty), Iziane Castro Marques (Atlanta Dream) Renee Montgomery (Connecticut Sun), and Whalen.

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