Stefanie Dolson enjoyed an All-American career at the University of Connecticut.
The 6-foot-5 center from Port Jervis, New York, will be back in Connecticut this weekend to play in her first all-star game as a professional.
Dolson, in her second season with the Washington Mystics, was named Tuesday night as an Eastern Conference reserve for the WNBA All-Star Game to be played Saturday at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville.
UConn will have four players in action as the casino. Dolson's predecessor as the Huskies' center -- Tina Charles of the New York Liberty -- will start for the East. Maya Moore of the Minnesota Lynx will start for the West while Sue Bird of the Seattle Storm was chosen as a West reserve.
Dolson, a first-round pick (sixth overall) by Washington in the 2014 draft after helping UConn to four NCAA Final Four appearances and two national championships, is averaging 13.4 points, 7.3 rebounds, and 1.4 blocked shots for the Mystics. She is shooting 54.3 percent from the floor and 87.1 percent from the foul line.
As a rookie, she averaged 6.0 points and 4.4 rebounds in 18.4 minutes.
Washington, under coach Mike Thibault, is 9-6 coming off Tuesday's 76-69 win at Tulsa. The Mystics are in the third place in the East behind New York (11-5) and the Chicago Sky (11-6). Teammate Emma Meesseman will join Dolson on the East squad.
"I am very excited for Emma and Stef," Thibault said in a statement. "They have put in the work to get better every day and I am glad that they are being rewarded for it. I know that they will represent the Mystics well this weekend."
Bird, a two-time national championship and the 2002 consensus Player of the Year at UConn, will be making her ninth All-Star Game appearance. The point guard from Syosset, New York, is averaging 10.1 points and 5.4 assists for the Storm (5-13).
"It is an honor to represent the whole Storm organization, especially my teammates and coaches," Bird said in a statement. "Going back to Connecticut is always fun for me and I know we’ll put on a good show."
Game time Saturday is 3:30 p.m.
U-19s head to knockout round
Five players scored in double figures as the United States national team wrapped up Group B play at 3-0 with a 104-41 rout of Egypt in the FIBA U-19 world championships in Chekhov, Russia.
Team USA led just 14-9 after one quarter but outscored Egypt by 29 over the next 10 minutes for a 52-18 halftime lead.
"We got off to a slow start," said Team USA center and UConn Class of 2016 recruiting target Lauren Cox. "Our transition and our defense really helped. We got a couple steals from our ball pressure. We were running with it and started to get more comfortable with each other. We started playing together really well."
Louisville's Mariya Moore and Florida State's Shakayla Thomas led the Americans with 15 points. Cox had a double-double of 10 points and 17 rebounds in just 17 minutes. Her work on the boards left her three shy of the USA U-19 record of 20 set by Nneka Ogwumike in 2009.
"I got pretty good position on them," Cox said. "I was able to work my way behind them and seal them off so I could get on the back side of the goal when people were shooting on ball side and then get the rebounds that came off the back."
UConn Class of 2016 commit Crystal Dangerfield had five points and three assists for Team USA while Huskies' freshman Napheesa Collier had an uncharacteristic tough shooting game of 1-for-7 for two points though she had seven rebounds.
The 16 teams will play single elimination the rest of the way. Team USA will face Argentina (0-3) Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. If the Americans advance, they will take on either Serbia or Canada in quarterfinal action Friday.