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Lynx’s Moore tops in All-Star votes

Maya Moore became the first Minnesota Lynx player to lead vote-getting for the WNBA All-Star Game, it was announced Tuesday night at Target Center.

Moore finished with 28,389 votes, 2,000 more than last year’s leading vote getter, Elena Delle Donne of the Chicago Sky, and will start for the Western Conference on July 19 in Phoenix.

When Moore learned she led the league in votes, she handled the news with tight-lipped humility.

“It’s great to have the people who follow and love the league to take time to vote for me,” she said. “I’m grateful, and hopefully I can continue to keep getting better this season and performing better than I ever have.”

Moore leads the WNBA in scoring with 22.8 points per game and ranks in the top 10 in rebounding, steals and free-throw percentage, while cracking the top 20 in assists, blocks and field-goal percentage. She has eclipsed the 30-point mark in scoring seven times, a franchise record set with her 30-point effort in Minnesota’s 83-72 victory over the Los Angeles Sparks on Tuesday night.

Moore was selected an all-star for the third time. She was a starter in 2011 and 2013. No game was played in 2012 because of the Olympics.

For Moore, the selection is about more than what she has done on the court. She has developed great relationships with followers of the game and takes her off-court image seriously.

“I just try to be genuine and appreciate everyone I meet through my WNBA career,” she said. “When you have a genuinely good experience with somebody, it sticks with them.”

Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve was quick to praise Moore and quick to add that the three-year pro has a likable, superstar persona.

“When you come to games, you say, ‘I want my daughter to emulate what she does,’ ” Reeve said.

Moore, whom Reeve believes will be in the running for league MVP, is the only Lynx player to be named an All-Star Game starter. Reeve will coach the Western Conference team.

  • Moore scored 16 of her 30 points in the fourth quarter, sparking a 15-4 late run to beat the Sparks. Lindsay Whalen finished with a team-high nine rebounds to go along with 16 points and five assists.
  • Other All-Star Game starters: Western Conference, Brittney Griner and Diana Taurasi of Phoenix, Skylar Diggins of Tulsa and Candace Parker of Los Angeles; Eastern Conference, Delle Donne, Cappie Pondexter of New York, Tamika Catchings of Indiana and Shoni Schimmel and Angel McCoughtry of Atlanta.