Riquna Williams, Jantel Lavender, Kayla McBride added as All-Stars

ByMichelle Smith ESPN logo
Friday, July 24, 2015

The WNBA has made three additions to its All-Star roster for Saturday's game at the Mohegan Sun in Connecticut, placing Tulsa guard Riquna Williams, Los Angeles center Jantel Lavender and San Antonio guard Kayla McBride on the Western Conference roster of reserves.

All three players will be making their first All-Star game appearance, and they are filling Western Conference spots originally designated to Minnesota guards Seimone Augustus and Lindsay Whalen and Tulsa guard Skylar Diggins. All three will miss Saturday's game with injuries.

Augustus and Diggins were voted in as starters, and Western Conference coach Sandy Brondello will make the decision about who will replace them in the Western Conference starting lineup.

Williams, the WNBA Sixth Woman of the Year in 2013, ranks second on the Shock in scoring at 14.7 points per game.

Lavender has started 15 games for the Sparks, filling in for the absent Candace Parker, and is averaging career highs in scoring (14.1 PPG) and rebounding (9.1 RPG).

McBride is the Stars' leading scorer at 14.0 points per game in her second season. McBride was on the WNBA All-Rookie team last season.