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Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Updated: July 22, 12:01 AM ET
Liz Cambage an All-Star replacement

Associated Press

NEW YORK -- Tulsa Shock rookie Liz Cambage has been announced as the replacement for injured Los Angeles center Candace Parker on the Western Conference roster for Saturday's WNBA All-Star game.

Parker, voted as a starter for the West in fan balloting, is sidelined by a knee injury and not expected to return to the Sparks' lineup until next month. Cambage, a 19-year-old Australian averaging 13.6 points and 5.3 rebounds, was selected by WNBA president Laurel Richie on Wednesday.

Cambage, the second overall pick in this year's draft, is one of a record 11 players making their first All-Star appearances -- topping the nine in 2000. She is also the fourth rookie, joining Minnesota's Maya Moore, San Antonio's Danielle Adams and Chicago's Courtney Vandersloot.

Seattle coach Brian Agler will select Parker's replacement in the starting lineup.

Other first-timers selected include Connecticut's Tina Charles and Renee Montgomery, Washington's Crystal Langhorne, New York's Essence Carson, Atlanta's Angel McCoughtry and Chicago's Epiphanny Prince for the East, and Parker.

Moore, Seattle's Sue Bird and Swin Cash, Phoenix's Diana Taurasi and Parker were announced as starters for the West last week, along with Indiana's Tamika Catchings and Katie Douglas, New York's Cappie Pondexter, and Charles and McCoughtry for the East.

In addition Cambage, Adams and Vandersloot, the other reserves announced Tuesday included the Sky's Sylvia Fowles for the East, and San Antonio's Becky Hammon, Phoenix's Penny Taylor, and the Lynx's Rebekkah Brunson, Seimone Augustus and Lindsay Whalen for the West.