Former Maryland women’s basketball stars Alyssa Thomas (Connecticut Sun) and Kristi Toliver (Washington Mystics) are among the WNBA’s All-Star Game reserves, selected by the league’s coaches and announced Monday.
Thomas is heading to the game for the second time in her career, with her first appearance coming in 2017. Her shoulder injuries have caused her stats to fall off a bit this season, but her 11.6 points and 7.2 rebounds per game, along with the usual intangibles she brings to the table, were good enough to get her the All-Star nod.
Toliver is back in the game for the third time and second season in a row. Her first selection came in 2013 when she was a member of the Los Angeles Sparks. Toliver’s stats have been pretty consistent throughout her entire career and she is still at the top of her game in her 11th season. This year, she is averaging 12.1 points and 5.7 assists per game.
Both Thomas and Toliver will await the All-Star Game draft to see which team they will be placed on. Toliver’s teammate Elena Delle Donne and A’ja Wilson of the Las Vegas Aces are the team captains because they led the All-Star voting and they will conduct the draft.
The All-Star Game will take place on Saturday, July 27 in Vegas.