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UConn in the WNBA: Tina Charles Earns 7th All-Star Selection

Charles and Kia Nurse will represent UConn at the WNBA All-Star game

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On Monday, the WNBA announced the reserves for the All-Star game, based on coaches votes throughout the league. Tina Charles was selected as a reserve, meaning the former UConn star will make her 7th WNBA All-Star appearance.

So far this season, Charles is averaging 17.9 points and 7.6 rebounds per game. She ranks 4th in the league for points per game and 8th in the league for rebounds per game.

Charles will join New York Liberty teammate and fellow former Husky Kia Nurse at the All-Star game next Saturday. Charles and Nurse are the only former UConn players to make the WNBA All-Star roster this year.

Diana Taurasi Continues to Struggle With Back Injury

Taurasi made her long awaited season debut last Friday, when the Phoenix Mercury lost 64-79 at Connecticut. Taurasi had five points, four assists and three rebounds in 16 minutes of play in the game. However, she stayed on the bench in the fourth quarter after tweaking her back. Following the game, Taurasi was listed a s doubtful on the Mercury’s injury report and did not play in their game against Dallas yesterday.

Phoenix continues to struggle in Taurasi’s absence, despite having All-Stars Brittney Griner and DeWanna Bonner in their starting lineup. The Mercury are currently 8-8 on the season and sit in the bottom half of the league standings (8th place).

Renee Montgomery Owns WNBA’s Longest Active Streak for Games with a Three Pointer

Atlanta Dream star guard and former UConn Husky Renee Montgomery has made a three pointer in each of her last 22 games. The streak, which extends back into the 2018 season is the longest active streak for games with a three pointer made in the WNBA. Montgomery had six made three’s in the Dream’s loss to the Chicago sky yesterday. On the season, she had made 33 three pointers and is shooting 31.4 percent from beyond the arc.