WASHINGTON’S DELLE DONNE, LAS VEGAS’ WILSON LEAD AFTER FIRST RETURNS OF WNBA ALL-STAR VOTING 2019 PRESENTED BY GOOGLE

NEW YORK, July 2, 2019 – Former WNBA MVP Elena Delle Donne of the Washington Mystics and reigning WNBA Rookie of the Year A’ja Wilson of the Las Vegas Aces are the leading vote-getters after the first fan returns of WNBA All-Star Voting 2019 presented by Google.

Fans account for 50 percent of the vote to determine the 10 starters for the 16th WNBA All-Star Game, which will take place at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas on Saturday, July 27 at 3:30 p.m. ET on ABC. All current WNBA players and a national panel of sportswriters and broadcasters each account for 25 percent of the vote. WNBA All-Star Voting 2019 presented by Google will conclude on Tuesday, July 9 at 2 p.m. ET. The starters and team captains will be revealed on Thursday, July 11.

Delle Donne, the 2015 WNBA MVP, a five-time All-Star selection and the captain of Team Delle Donne for the 2018 WNBA All-Star Game, leads all players with 20,337 votes. Wilson, an All-Star as a rookie last season, is second with 15,379 votes.

Delle Donne and Wilson are followed in the fan voting by two-time All-Star Liz Cambage of the Aces (12,756), 2018 WNBA Sixth Woman of the Year Jonquel Jones of the Connecticut Sun (12,494) and 2018 WNBA Most Improved Player Natasha Howard of the Seattle Storm (11,961).

Rounding out the top 10 vote-getters are two-time WNBA MVP Candace Parker of the Los Angeles Sparks (11,185), two-time All-Star and current WNBA scoring leader DeWanna Bonner of the Phoenix Mercury (11,112), two-time WNBA Defensive Player of the Year Brittney Griner of the Mercury (10,668), rookie No. 6 overall draft pick Napheesa Collier of the Minnesota Lynx (10,543) and 2017 WNBA MVP and Finals MVP Sylvia Fowles of the Lynx (10,190).

The starters and reserves for AT&T WNBA All-Star 2019 are being selected without regard for conference affiliation. After the starters have been determined, the league’s head coaches will vote for the reserves. Coaches will vote for three guards, five frontcourt players and four players at either position regardless of conference. They may not vote for their own players. The reserves will be announced on Monday, July 15.

The captains – the two All-Star starters who receive the most fan votes – will draft their respective rosters by selecting first from the remaining eight players in the pool of starters and then from the pool of 12 reserves. Additional details about the WNBA All-Star Draft will be announced at a later date.

See below for the leaders among first fan returns of WNBA All-Star Voting 2019 presented by Google:

Elena Delle Donne (WSH) 20,337
A’ja Wilson (LV) 15,379
Liz Cambage (LV) 12,756
Jonquel Jones (CON) 12,494
Natasha Howard (SEA) 11,961
Candace Parker (LA) 11,185
DeWanna Bonner (PHX) 11,112
Brittney Griner (PHX) 10,668
Napheesa Collier (MIN) 10,543
Sylvia Fowles (MIN) 10,190
Jewell Loyd (SEA) 9,863
Nneka Ogwumike (LA) 9,631
Tina Charles (NY) 8,541
Kayla McBride (LV) 8,425
Chelsea Gray (LA) 8,146
Chiney Ogwumike (LA) 7,301
Kelsey Plum (LV) 7,046
Diamond DeShields (CHI) 6,935
Kristi Toliver (WSH) 6,859
Diana Taurasi (PHX) 6,762
Courtney Vandersloot (CHI) 6,611
Courtney Williams (CON) 6,550
Kia Nurse (NY) 6,467
Natasha Cloud (WSH) 6,173
Alyssa Thomas (CON) 5,888
Odyssey Sims (MIN) 5,810
Allie Quigley (CHI) 5,578
Alysha Clark (SEA) 5,455
Jordin Canada (SEA) 5,269
Candice Dupree (IND) 4,939

Google is the league’s new presenting partner for WNBA All-Star Voting. This is the first season that fans are able to vote by searching on Google. Fans also can vote via the WNBA App and WNBA.com. Fans in the U.S. who submit a ballot via WNBA.com may enter into a sweepstakes for a chance to win a trip for two (2) to attend the AT&T WNBA All-Star Game 2019 in Las Vegas.

How to vote:
WNBA.com/vote: Fill out one full ballot per day (per day is defined as once every 24 hours) on WNBA.com/vote from a desktop or mobile browser. Fans can select up to four guards and six frontcourt players regardless of conference affiliation when choosing starters.

WNBA App: Access the ballot and vote through the app, which is available on Android and iOS. Fans can fill out one full ballot per day and select up to four guards and six frontcourt players regardless of conference affiliation when choosing starters.

Google: Vote on Google.com or the Google app by searching “WNBA Vote” and “WNBA All-Star Vote” or simply by searching for your favorite player or team. Fans may submit votes for 10 unique players per day from June 14 – July 9.
The head coaches for the AT&T WNBA All-Star 2019 will be the head coaches of the two teams regardless of conference with the best records following games on Friday, July 12. The head coach with the best record as of that date will coach the team whose captain earned the most fan votes.