Not much has gone right for the Connecticut Sun this season. The proof is there at the bottom of the WNBA’s Eastern Conference standings where the Sun (4-11) sit with 19 games to play in the regular-season.
From the moment veteran Asjha Jones called in sick for the season, things have gone astray, beginning with Danielle McCray’s season-ending Achilles tendon injury in Europe.
But Tuesday was a good day for the Sun.
Center Tina Charles, the league’s reigning MVP, and guard Allison Hightower, perhaps its most improved player, were named Eastern Conference reserves for Saturday’s All-Star Game at the Mohegan Sun Arena.
Charles has been the Sun’s bright light, averaging 18.6 points and 10.3 rebounds this season. Hightower, in her third season out of LSU, is averaging 13.4 points and shooting 41.7 percent from three-point range and has been Connecticut’s only other reliable scorer.
“My heart about stopped when I heard,” Hightower said. “It’s a great feeling, an honor.”
Along with Hightower, Los Angeles Sparks guard Kristi Toliver and forward Nneka Ogwumike, Ivory Latta (Washington Mystics), Danielle Robinson (San Antonio Silver Stars), and Shavonte Zellous (Indiana Fever) and forward Glory Johnson (Tulsa Shock) will all be making their first All-Star appearance as reserves.
Also named to the teams were Rebekkah Brunson and Lindsay Whalen (Minnesota Lynx), Sylvia Fowles (Chicago Sky) and Crystal Langhorne (Washington).
Reserves were chosen by the league’s 12 head coaches. Coaches were not permitted to vote for players on their own team, and selected reserves by voting for six players within their own conference, including two guards, three frontcourt players, and one player regardless of position.