Layshia Clarendon and Elizabeth Williams will make first All-Star Appearances
ATLANTA (July 18, 2017) – Atlanta Dream guard Layshia Clarendon and center Elizabeth Williams have been named reserves for Verizon WNBA All-Star 2017 the league announced Tuesday evening.
Clarendon and Williams, who will each be making their first All-Star appearances, will join Tiffany Hayes, announced as a starter last week, on the Eastern Conference squad. The game will be nationally televised by ABC on Saturday, July 22 at 3:30 p.m. ET (12:30 p.m. PT).
This is the second time in franchise history that three Atlanta Dream players will represent the organization at the WNBA All-Star game. In 2014, Angel McCoughtry, Shoni Schimmel and Erika de Souza all started the game.
A fifth-year guard out of California, Clarendon is averaging a career-high 11.8 ppg and 6.9 apg. Her assist total is tops in the WNBA and her 131 through 19 games has already surpassed her previous season-high of 119 in 2016.
“I’m elated and humbled to be named an All-Star,” Clarendon said. “To be included on this list is an incredible honor and I’m thrilled to share it with two of my teammates. Thank you to the league, coaches, media and fans who voted.”
Williams, a third-year player out of Duke, is the reigning WNBA Most Improved Player. An efficiency machine, Williams is averaging 10.2 ppg, 8.0 rpg and 2.1 bpg in 2017. Over the last six games, the defensive stalwart has record 26 blocks, including four in the Dream’s 88-75 win over San Antonio earlier today.
“I’m so, so excited to be part of the All-Star team this year,” Williams said. “It’s even more exciting that I get to share this time with two of my teammates, Tip (Tiffany Hayes) and Lay (Layshia Clarendon). Seattle is an awesome basketball city so I’m looking forward to a great weekend.”
The Atlanta Dream continue play tomorrow at the Washington Mystics beginning at 11:30 a.m. Fans can watch the game on WNBA League Pass.
Atlanta Dream season, group tickets and single game tickets are available now. For more information, visit atlantadream.net or call 877.977.7729.
The Atlanta Dream, who is celebrating its 10th season in the WNBA in 2017, will play its home games in McCamish Pavilion on the Georgia Tech campus. Atlanta has qualified for the playoffs seven times, winning conference titles in 2013, 2011 and 2010.