Next week’s WNBA All-Star game is looking more like the Mercury’s starting lineup. The Mercury’s version of the triple alliance will descend on Washington, D.C., this weekend, as guard Cappie Pondexter and forward Penny Taylor will join Diana Taurasi for Sunday’s showcase.
Taylor and Pondexter were added as reserves Monday by Sacramento coach Jenny Boucek, and Taurasi was voted a starter by fans.
It’s the first time in team history the Mercury (11-8) will have three players participate. Detroit and Indiana will also have three representatives.
“DT and Cappie going speaks highly of our style and it’s a great opportunity for scoring and letting us show our skills,” Taylor said. “It means what you’re doing is appreciated by people.”
Pondexter and Taylor each finished third in fan voting among guards and forwards, respectively. Pondexter missed three games with a leg injury, but the second-year player and two-time All-Star is averaging 16.9 points, 3.3 rebounds and 3.6 assists.
Pondexter was averaging 19 points at this time a year ago, but the Mercury were below .500.
“They were saying I deserved it and I know this year I didn’t put up the numbers but we’re winning,” Pondexter said. “That’s the difference.”
Taylor is averaging 16.6 points, 5.9 rebounds and nearly three assists per game. She averaged 25 points and six rebounds the past six games, and was an All-Star as a member of the Cleveland Rockers in 2002.
She’s played through a variety of aches and pains, including an abdominal injury, and though there’s no rest for the weary, the weary are happy.
“I’m honored as always,” Pondexter said. “It’s always a good thing to put on the resume.”
A year ago, Taurasi’s dunk attempt during the All-Star game went awry, but she still has backing for a repeat.
“I’m going to encourage it very much,” Taylor said with a laugh. “I loved seeing it.”
The Mercury host West-leading San Antonio at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at US Airways Center, their final game before the break.