UConn is no stranger to having a strong influence in the WNBA. The school holds the record for the most No. 1 overall picks in the WNBA Draft, with five, and have the most former players currently in the league. It comes as no surprise that a number of former Huskies are leading the early All Star voting.
Maya Moore has received the most votes in the league with 19,949, edging out Elena Della-Donne by a few hundred.
The Western Conference backcourt is dominated by former Huskies, with Sue Bird in the lead with 16,139 while Diana Taurasi, who recently became the league’s all-time leading scorer, is not far behind at 15,207. Also in the West, former teammates Breanna Stewart and Moriah Jefferson sit at fourth and ninth, respectively, at their positions.
On the other side of the country, Tiffany Hayes’ breakout season has her sitting atop the Eastern Conference backcourt with 4,288 votes. In the frontcourt, Tina Charles holds second while her teammate Kiah Stokes holds seventh. In her first season in Chicago, Stefanie Dolson is in fifth while Morgan Tuck ranks ninth.
The first 15 days of All Star voting have been a huge success to this point, as there have been over double the amount of votes cast this year (376,820) compared to 2015 (180,762).
Fans can vote on Twitter and Facebook using the hashtag #WNBAVOTE along with a single player’s first and last name. They can also use the WNBA app or got to WNBA.com/vote. Voting closes on Thursday, July 6 at 9 PM EST, with the starters being announced on Tuesday, July 11 during the noon edition of Sportscenter.