Injuries have taken their toll on the lineups for tomorrow's WNBA All-Star Game to be played at the Mohegan Sun Arena, which has definitely affected some of the game's luster. The Seattle Storm, which had been the only team without an All-Star, will now be represented by Tina Thompson, the league's all-time leading scorer.
Thompson, who has four WNBA championship rings and is the only player to have participated in each of the league's 16 seasons, will replace Brittney Griner, the rookie center for the Phoenix Mercury, who will rest her sprain left knee. Thompson, the first player ever selected in the WNBA draft, is an eight-time All-WNBA pick, and the league's all-time leader in points (7,195), field goals (2,539), and minutes played (15,566). This will be her ninth All-Star appearance, placing her ahead of Lisa Leslie and Tamika Catchings. Leslie competed in eight WNBA All-Star Games in her 12 seasons; Catchings is set to participate in her eighth this weekend.
Also knocked out of the game—literally—is former Delaware All-American Elena Delle Donne of the Chicago Sky who suffered a concussion on Wednesday against the Washington Mystics. Delle Donne, the No. 2 overall pick in this year's draft (behind Griner), was the leading vote-getter for the game—the first rookie in league history to be so honored. She will be replaced by Erika De Souza, the 31-year-old center for the Los Angeles Sparks, who will be making her second All-Star appearance. The eight-year veteran from Brazil is currently tied for third in the league in double-doubles (seven), and is fifth in the league in both rebounding and blocked shots, with 9.1 and 1.8 per game, respectively.
The WNBA All-Star Game will be nationally broadcast on ABC, Saturday, July 27. Tip-off is slated for 3:30 p.m. This will be the third time the game will be played at the Mohegan Sun Arena.