Bird named WNBA All-Star replacement

Bird named WNBA All-Star replacement
Seattle Storm's Sue Bird, left, and Camille Little shake hands with Los Angeles Sparks players as an official stands nearby before a WNBA basketball game Friday, May 16, 2014, in Seattle. The game was Bird's first since the 2012 season. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
NEW YORK (AP) — Sue Bird and Ivory Latta have been selected as replacements for Saturday's All-Star game by WNBA President Laurel J. Richie.

Bird, who stars for the Seattle Storm, will join the Western Conference roster, filling the spot of Minnesota Lynx guard Seimone Augustus, who has missed the last seven games due to bursitis in her left knee.

Bird is averaging 10.6 points and 4.3 assists per game this season for Seattle. This is her eighth WNBA All-Star game.

Latta, who leads Washington in scoring, joins the Eastern Conference roster in place of Elena Delle Donne, who has been sidelined for 12 of the Chicago Sky's last 13 games due to the effects of Lyme disease.

Delle Donne had been voted into the game as a starter by fans, while Augustus was selected as a reserve by Western Conference head coaches.

With the additions, every team in the league now has at least one player participating in the All-Star game.

Bird will be making her eighth All-Star appearance while Latta's making her second.