New York Liberty: Tina Charles earns seventh WNBA All-Star selection

Tina Charles, United States, New York Liberty (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
Tina Charles, United States, New York Liberty (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images) /

The New York Liberty sends another player to Las Vegas for the WNBA All-Star game as Tina Charles earns her seventh selection

A week after her New York Liberty teammate Kia Nurse was selected to start in the 2019 WNBA All-Star game, Tina Charles gets the nod as a reserve for the seventh time in her career. Charles was announced on Monday after coaches from around the league finished casting their votes to complete this year’s All-Star game rosters.

Charles is making her seventh appearance in the annual game and fifth as a member of the Liberty with the first two coming while with the Connecticut Sun. The former UCONN Huskies star is averaging 17.9 points and 7.6 rebounds per game while starting in all 17 Liberty games so far this season. Earlier in the year, Charles became the franchise’s all-time leading scorer passing Liberty legend, Vickie Johnson‘s mark that held up for 13 seasons.

Charles spoke with reporters during her postgame press conference after breaking the record and its overall importance.

"“It means a whole lot…this franchise means world to me, so for that to happen, I would of never imagined it… I’m just grateful to be able to play in my city, New York,” Charles said of the record."

In the Liberty’s last game, Charles passed Taj McWilliams-Franklin and moved into 6th place on the WNBA’s All-Time Rebounds list.

Charles will be joined on the All-Star frontcourt reserves list by Candice Dupree, DeWanna Bonner, Sylvia Fowles, Nneka Ogwumike and Alyssa Thomas. The All-Star reserves backcourt will consist of Diamond DeShields, Allie Quigley, Courtney Vandersloot, Odyssey Sims, Kristi Toliver, and Erica Wheeler. The team captains Elena Delle Donne and A’ja Wilson will select the teams next week similar to the popular NBA format.

The Queens, New York native is in her tenth WNBA season and is still going strong as the Liberty look for an even stronger effort in the second half of the season.

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A playoff berth is not out of reach, but every game is critical, and the two All-Stars will need to be special every night to carry the team over the hump.