Houston, TX – Five-time WNBA Defensive Player of the Year and three-time Olympic gold medalist Tamika Catchings will represent the Eastern Conference at the 2013 Sears Shooting Stars as part of the State Farm All-Star Saturday Night this Saturday, Feb. 16th at the Toyota Center in Houston.
The former Lady Vol standout guided the Indiana Fever to the 2012 WNBA title and earned Finals MVP honors along the way.Also representing the Eastern Conference from the WNBA is Swin Cash of the Chicago Sky. NBA Eastern Conference participants include Miami Heat’s Chris Bosh and Brooklyn Nets’ Brook Lopez. The NBA Legends of the East squads are Muggsy Bogues and Hall of Famer Dominique Wilkins.
For the Western Conference, James Harden of the Houston Rockets and Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder will represent the NBA and Maya Moore of the Minnesota Lynx and Tina Thompson of the Seattle Storm will play on behalf of the WNBA. NBA legends Sam Cassell and Robert Horry round out the Western Conference’s representatives.
Team New York defeated Team Texas in last year’s competition, with former Vol Allan Houston featured on Team New York.
Sears Shooting Stars is part of State Farm All-Star Saturday Night, an all-inclusive skills showcase, which will take place on Saturday, Feb. 16 at the Toyota Center in Houston and will be televised live by TNT at 8 p.m. ET. The other events consist of the the Taco Bell Skills Challenge, a contest of top guards working against the clock to complete a series of passes, free throws, layups and agility drills; the Foot Locker Three-Point Contest; and the Sprite Slam Dunk contest. For the first time, State Farm All-Star Saturday Night will feature a new format that pits the Eastern Conference against the Western Conference in a night of competitions that will raise money for charity.
The Sears Shooting Stars contest features one current NBA player, one current WNBA player and an NBA legend on each team. There are six numbered shooting locations of increasing difficulty, with each team attempting to make all shots in numeric order in the fastest time. Each team will select a specific player rotation to follow throughout the competition. Each shot must be made before the next player begins shooting in succession. Teams have up to two minutes to complete the entire shooting course.