Sun’s Alyssa Thomas to replace Mystics’ Elena Delle Donne as starter in Verizon WNBA All-Star 2017

SEATTLE – Forward Alyssa Thomas of the Connecticut Sun was named a starter by Eastern Conference head coach Curt Miller for Verizon WNBA All-Star 2017, replacing the injured Elena Delle Donne of the Washington Mystics.

Verizon WNBA All-Star 2017, featuring the Eastern Conference All-Stars against the Western Conference All-Stars at KeyArena in Seattle, will be nationally televised by ABC tomorrow (3:30 p.m. ET).

A first-time All-Star selection, Thomas was voted to the East roster by the conference’s head coaches this week.  Delle Donne, one of 10 players selected by fans, WNBA players and media to start in Verizon WNBA All-Star 2017, suffered a sprained ankle on July 14.

With career-high averages in scoring (13.6 ppg), rebounding (6.3 rpg), assists (4.8 apg) and steals (1.6 spg), Thomas has helped Connecticut overcome a 1-5 start to post a 12-9 record, tied for third-best in the league with Washington.  She and fellow All-Star starters Jasmine Thomas and Jonquel Jones earlier this season became the first trio of teammates in WNBA history to earn Player of the Week honors in three consecutive weeks.  Jones, herself, has earned Player of the Week honors twice in 2017.

The Connecticut trio will be in the East starting  lineup alongside frontcourt player Tina Charles of the New York Liberty and guard Tiffany Hayes of the Atlanta Dream.

Individual tickets for Verizon WNBA All-Star 2017 start at just $15 and can be purchased at, or by dialing 206-217-WNBA (9622).

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