Chicago Sky guards Courtney Vandersloot, Allie Quigley, and Diamond DeShields have been named 2019 WNBA All-Stars, the league announced today.
“For Courtney, Allie, and Diamond to be named All-Stars, it goes to show for all of the hard work that they have put in and how they have represented both us on and off the court,” said Sky General Manager and Head Coach James Wade. “It’s something our entire organization and all of their teammates have been very proud of, so we are thrilled and excited to root for our Chicago Sky players at the 2019 WNBA All-Star Game.”
Vandersloot, Quigley, and DeShields were among 12 players chosen from across the league to serve as reserves at AT&T WNBA All-Star, set for July 27 in Las Vegas. The reserves were selected by the league’s head coaches, who voted for three guards, five frontcourt players and four players at either position regardless of conference. The coaches were not able to vote for their own players. The 10 starters for AT&T WNBA All-Star 2019, announced on July 11, were selected by fans, current players and media.
It is the first time Vandersloot will return to the WNBA All-Star Game in eight years, since making her All-Star debut during her rookie season at the 2011 All-Star Game. Currently averaging 9.7 points, 8.2 assists, and 4.4 rebounds per game, Vandersloot recently climbed her way to the No. 7 spot on WNBA’s all-time assists list. She made history last season when she became the first WNBA player to dish out 50 assists in just four games, and also became the seventh player in league history to record a triple-double.
“I’m really excited to be selected to this year’s All-Star team,” Vandersloot said. “Every year, there are plenty of deserving players, so to be one of the 22 selected is an honor. And to share it with two of my own teammates makes it that much better.”
Quigley earns her third consecutive All-Star nod since becoming a full-time starter for the Sky in 2017. In her 11th WNBA season, the Joliet native is averaging 12.9 points, 3.2 assists, and 3.2 rebounds per game. WNBA All Star’s back-to-back Three-Point Contest champ, Quigley won the Three-Point Shooting Contest at both the 2018 WNBA All-Star Game in Minnesota and the 2017 WNBA All-Star Game in Seattle.
“I feel very lucky and grateful to be chosen again this year as an All-Star, and to be able to experience it with two teammates is going to be so much fun,” Quigley said.
DeShields becomes a WNBA All-Star for the first time a year after being drafted by Chicago with the No. 3 overall pick in the 2018 WNBA Draft. Chicago’s leading scorer, the 2018 WNBA All-Rookie Team selection is averaging 14.9 points, 2.3 assists, and 5.6 rebounds per game this season.
“It’s super special to me to have made All-Star,” DeShields said. “I work really hard to be in the position that I’m in, so I’m just going to take it all in and try to enjoy this moment with my other two teammates.”
The 10 starters for AT&T WNBA All-Star 2019, announced on July 11, were selected by fans, current players and media. As the two All-Star starters who finished with the most fan votes during WNBA All-Star Voting 2019 presented by Google, Washington Mystics’s Elena Delle Donne and the Las Vegas Aces’ A’ja Wilson will serve as team captains and draft the All-Star Game rosters from the pool of players voted as starters and reserves.
AT&T WNBA All-Star 2019 will be played on Saturday, July 27 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. The 16th WNBA All-Star Game will be televised live by ABC at 3:30 p.m. ET.