Lynx’s Rebekkah Brunson to replace Sparks’ Nneka Ogwumike in Verizon WNBA All-Star 2018

NEW YORK – Minnesota Lynx forward Rebekkah Brunson has been named by WNBA President Lisa Borders to replace Los Angeles Sparks forward Nneka Ogwumike in Verizon WNBA All-Star 2018.

Brunson will take Ogwumike’s spot on Team Parker.  Ogwumike, selected to Team Parker by captain Candace Parker of Los Angeles, will be sidelined due to illness.

Team Delle Donne and Team Parker will meet in the 15th WNBA All-Star Game on Saturday, July 28 at Target Center in Minneapolis.  ABC and SiriusXM NBA Radio will broadcast the game live at 3:30 p.m. ET/2:30 p.m. CT.

Brunson, 36, has earned her second consecutive All-Star selection and fifth overall.  The 15-year veteran has won a WNBA-record five championships, including four with Minnesota (2011, 2013, 2015 and 2017) and one with Sacramento (2005).

On July 5, Brunson passed Tamika Catchings to become the WNBA’s career leader in rebounds (3,349).  The 6-2 forward is also the all-time leader in offensive rebounds (1,164).  This season, Brunson is tied for seventh in the WNBA in rebounding with 7.4 boards per game.

Brunson becomes the fourth 2018 WNBA All-Star for the defending champion Lynx, joining Seimone Augustus (Team Delle Donne), Sylvia Fowles (Team Delle Donne) and Maya Moore (Team Parker).

On Friday, July 27, All-Star captains Parker and Elena Delle Donne of the Washington Mystics and head coaches Sandy Brondello of the Phoenix Mercury (Team Parker) and Dan Hughes of the Seattle Storm (Team Delle Donne) will meet to determine the starting lineups.  The starters will be revealed that night during ESPN2’s telecast of the WNBA All-Star Welcome Reception (9 p.m. ET).

Below are the rosters for Team Delle Donne and Team Parker in Verizon WNBA All-Star 2018.


TEAM DELLE DONNE                                                                                                     

Player Team Position Ht. Birthdate College/ Country Prior Exp. All-Star Selections
Seimone Augustus Minnesota Lynx Guard 6-0 4/30/84 LSU 12 8
Sue Bird Seattle Storm Guard 5-9 10/16/80 Connecticut 15 11
DeWanna Bonner Phoenix Mercury Frontcourt 6-4 8/21/87 Auburn 8 2
Elena Delle Donne Washington Mystics Frontcourt 6-5 9/5/89 Delaware 5 5
Sylvia Fowles Minnesota Lynx Frontcourt 6-6 10/6/85 LSU 10 5
Brittney Griner Phoenix Mercury Frontcourt 6-9 10/18/90 Baylor 5 5
Kayla McBride Las Vegas Aces Guard 5-10 6/25/92 Notre Dame 4 2
Breanna Stewart Seattle Storm Frontcourt 6-4 8/27/94 Connecticut 2 2
Diana Taurasi Phoenix Mercury Guard 6-0 6/11/82 Connecticut 13 9
Kristi Toliver Washington Mystics Guard 5-7 1/27/87 Maryland 9 2
A’ja Wilson^ Las Vegas Aces Frontcourt 6-4 8/8/96 South Carolina R 1

Head Coach: Dan Hughes, Seattle Storm



Player Team Position Ht. Birthdate College/Country Prior Exp. All-Star Selections
Rebekkah Brunson+ Minnesota Lynx Frontcourt 6-2 12/11/81 Georgetown 15 5
Liz Cambage Dallas Wings Frontcourt 6-8 8/18/91 Australia 2 2
Tina Charles New York Liberty Frontcourt 6-4 12/5/88 Connecticut 8 6
Skylar Diggins-Smith Dallas Wings Guard 5-9 8/2/90 Notre Dame 5 4
Chelsea Gray Los Angeles Sparks Guard 5-11 10/8/92 Duke 3 2
Jewell Loyd^ Seattle Storm Guard 5-10 10/5/93 Notre Dame 3 1
Angel McCoughtry Atlanta Dream Frontcourt 6-1 9/10/86 Louisville 8 5
Maya Moore Minnesota Lynx Frontcourt 6-0 6/11/89 Connecticut 7 6
Chiney Ogwumike Connecticut Sun Frontcourt 6-4 3/22/92 Stanford 2 2
Nneka Ogwumike@ Los Angeles Sparks Frontcourt 6-2 7/2/90 Stanford 6 5
Candace Parker Los Angeles Sparks Frontcourt 6-4 4/19/86 Tennessee 10 5
Allie Quigley Chicago Sky Guard 5-10 6/20/86 DePaul 9 2

Head Coach: Sandy Brondello, Phoenix Mercury

^ denotes first-time All-Star selection

@ denotes injured, unable to play

+ denotes replacement player selected by WNBA President