Captain A’ja Wilson: Gamecock great named WNBA All-Star starter, leader



This will be the third All-Star Game for Thibault. She is shooting 41.2 per cent form the floor, 35.8 per cent from three-point range and 91.8 per cent from the free-throw line.

Nurse has been the fiery catalyst behind the mini-resurgence.

Nurse has also played a complete 40 minutes twice this season, both in games against the Minnesota Lynx (June 12, June 22). On July 7, she recorded the eighth regular-season triple-double in WNBA history. "She's able to function even when she's a little exhausted".

"I'm just hoping for a good game", he said.

"She plays hard all the time", Nurse's teammate Asia Durr noted earlier this season.

Wilson and the Aces have become title contenders this season, aided by fellow All-Star starters Kayla McBride and Liz Cambage - Las Vegas now leads the league with a 10-5 record.

Bill Laimbeer of Las Vegas and Washington's Mike Thibault were named head coaches for the game. "It's a chance to hang out with the best players".

Three members of the local Aces were named starters. As a result, Thibault will guide the All-Star team captained by Las Vegas' A'ja Wilson, the All-Star starter with the second-most votes among fans.

Joining Wilson, Delle Donne, Cambage and McBride as starters are Phoenix's Brittney Griner, Seattle's Natasha Howard and Connecticut's Jonquel Jones in the frontcourt. Current players and a national media panel accounted for 25 percent of the vote each. Howard and Nurse are each making their All-Star debut.

The Mystics' Elena Delle Donne has been named a starter for the WNBA All-Star Game, as well as a captain.

The All Star reserves will be selected by the WNBA coaches, and that group will be announced on Monday, July 15. The two captains were chosen by virtue of having the most votes from fans.

The Liberty return to action to Friday night, taking on the Chicago Sky (8:00 p.m. ET, ESPN3).