July 19, 2018 – Thursday’s WNBA action is set to tip-off at 7, 8, and 10 PM ET as teams finish up the first half of the season and get ready to enjoy the 2018 WNBA All-Star Game. This year’s breakdown of the All-Star Game consists of a new format in which fans, players, coaches, and media voted for their favorites. The top 22 players were selected as All-Stars, while the top two vote-getters serve as captains and select their own teams from the remaining 20 All-Stars. Elena Delle Donne of the Washington Mystics and Candace Parker of the Los Angeles Sparks, head up the two All-Star teams and will choose from this year’s All-Star selections below:
Official rosters will be announced tonight prior to the Mystics’ game at 8 PM ET on ESPN 2. The 15th WNBA All-Star Game will take place on Saturday, July 28 at Target Center in Minneapolis, MN. Tune in on ABC at 3:30 PM ET to watch Team Delle Donne and Team Parker go head to head.
Kicking off tonight’s action is the Atlanta Dream (13-9) and New York Liberty (7-15). The Dream have had the hot hand as of late winning five in a row including Tuesday’s buzzer beater against Connecticut. Atlanta’s Tiffany Hayes knocked down the three-point shot from beyond halfcourt to give the Dream the 86-83 win. Atlanta will host New York tonight at 7 PM ET, as they aim to stay hot and keep their win streak alive. The Liberty will do their best to put a stop to the Dream as they try and bounce back from a loss to the Wings. The Liberty suffered a 104-87 loss to Dallas in which Wings center Liz Cambage scored a record 53 points. Despite the loss, rookie Kia Nurse put up 25 points to lead New York alongside Tina Charles’ 19 points. Catch the Liberty and the Dream on ESPN 3 tonight.
Following the announcement of the 2018 WNBA All-Star Rosters, the Washington Mystics (13-9) and the Dallas Wings (13-9) will go head to head at the College Park Center. After a historic performance from Cambage, the Wings look to capitalize on the momentum at home for another win. Washington will face Dallas for the first time this season and should be rejuvenated after four days of prep. The Mystics are coming off a loss to the Dream in which Elena Delle Donne tallied 23 points and 11 rebounds. Watch the Mystics and the Wings on ESPN 2 at 8 PM ET.
To cap off the night, the Phoenix Mercury (15-8) will host the Las Vegas Aces (10-13) as they prepare for a four-game home stand at Talking Stick Resort Arena. The Mercury secured a road win against the Indiana Fever, in which Brittney Griner grabbed 12 rebounds to go with 36 points. Diana Taurasi also added 22 points in the teams win. Las Vegas looks to redeem themselves and earn a road win after falling to Los Angeles on Sunday. The Aces competed tit for tat against the Sparks, but slipped up in the final quarter as L.A. outscored them 35-15. Kayla McBride paced the Aces with 18 points followed by A’ja Wilson’s 15 points. Watch the Mercury and the Aces square off on WNBA League Pass tonight at 10 PM ET.