The WNBA All-Star game will have a familial feel.

Chiney and Nneka Ogwumike became the first pair of sisters to be chosen to participate in the WNBA All-Star game when the league announced the reserves Tuesday night.

"It means the world to me because, honestly, I didn't expect to come to the league and be able to feel like a confident player," Chiney Ogwumike said of the honor. "You expect rookie struggles, and I have struggled at times, but I have great teammates who lift me up, and I have an organization that gives me so much confidence. And to be there alongside my sister. ... I think it's just awesome and I feel blessed."

The former Stanford stars squared off Sunday for the first time in their pro careers, with Nneka's Los Angeles Sparks coming away with an easy victory over Chiney's Connecticut Sun. Now they will play against each other again on Saturday in Phoenix.

"Being named an All-Star the second year in a row is definitely an honor," Nneka Ogwumike said. "I'm ecstatic to be sharing this accolade again with my teammate Candace Parker (a starter) and most especially, my sister."

The other Eastern Conference reserves are New York's Tina Charles, Chicago's Jessica Breland, Atlanta's Erika de Souza, Connecticut's Katie Douglas and Indiana's Briann January.


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The Western Conference reserves are Minnesota's Seimone Augustus and Lindsay Whalen, Phoenix's Candice Dupree, Tulsa's Glory Johnson and San Antonio's Danielle Robinson, a former Archbishop Mitty High-San Jose star.

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