WNBA President Donna Orender announced Wednesday that this year’s All-Star Game will feature a twist. Instead of pitting the Eastern and Western Conferences against each other, a team of WNBA All-Stars will compete against the U.S. Senior Women’s National Team, which is preparing for this fall’s World Championship. The game will be played at Mohegan Sun Arena in Connecticut on July 10, giving USA Head Coach Geno Auriemma home-court advantage of sorts.
“We will showcase the greatest female basketball players in the world,” Orender said in a release. “With Geno Auriemma leading the national team in his home state before one of the WNBA’s most dedicated fan bases at a terrific venue, we’re set for a great basketball experience.”
This summer’s All-Star Game will be similar to The Game at Radio City, a matchup of WNBA stars against the U.S. National Team prior to the 2004 Olympics. However, while international stars like the Storm’s Lauren Jackson were busy training with their respective national teams and did not participate in that game, they should be able to play this time around.
Storm guard Sue Bird and forward Swin Cash, both of whom played for the USA last fall in the Ekaterinburg International Invitational, will be candidates for the U.S. roster.