Guards Becky Hammon of New York and Deanna Nolan of Detroit are among the five players named reserves for the WNBA All-Stars that will take on the U.S. National Team on Aug. 5 for the WNBA vs. USA Basketball Game at Radio City Music Hall in New York.
Charlotte forward Allison Feaster, Los Angeles forward Mwadi Mabika and Indiana center Natalie Williams also were named reserves Thursday by head coaches of the 13 WNBA teams.
A panel of local and national media selected Phoenix Mercury guard Anna DeForge, Los Angeles Sparks guard Nikki Teasley, Connecticut Sun forward Nykesha Sales, Detroit Shock forward Cheryl Ford and Connecticut Sun center Taj McWilliams-Franklin to the WNBA team's starting lineup last Thursday. Detroit's Bill Laimbeer will coach the squad.
Detroit center Ruth Riley was originally selected as the team's reserve center, but was later named to the U.S. National Team as a replacement for the injured DeLisha Milton-Jones.
The final reserve, as determined by fans via online balloting at WNBA.com, will be announced on-air during coverage of the Los Angeles-Sacramento game on July 29 (ESPN2).
"WNBA vs. USA Basketball: The Game at Radio City" will serve as the domestic send-off for the U.S. National Team as it continues its preparations for Athens. ESPN will televise the game nationally, at 7 p.m. ET Aug. 5.