Five-time WNBA Defensive Player of the Year and three-time Olympic gold medalist Tamika
Catchings will represent the Eastern Conference at the 2013 Sears Shooting
Stars as part of the State Farm All-Star Saturday Night this Saturday, Feb. 16
at the Toyota Center in Houston.
The former Lady Vol standout guided the Indiana Fever to the
2012 WNBA title and earned Finals MVP honors along the way.
Also representing the Eastern Conference from the WNBA is
Swin Cash of the Chicago Sky. NBA Eastern Conference participants include Miami
Heat's Chris Bosh and Brooklyn Nets' Brook Lopez. The NBA Legends of the East
squads are Muggsy Bogues and Hall of Famer Dominique Wilkins.
For the Western Conference, James Harden of the Houston
Rockets and Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder will represent the
NBA and Maya Moore of the Minnesota Lynx and Tina Thompson of the Seattle Storm
will play on behalf of the WNBA. NBA legends Sam Cassell and Roberty Horry round
out the Western Conference's representatives.
Team New York defeated Team Texas in last year's
competition, with former Vol Allan Houston featured on Team New York.
Sears Shooting Stars is part of State Farm All-Star Saturday
Night, an all-inclusive skills showcase, which will take place on Saturday,
Feb. 16 at the Toyota Center in Houston and will be televised live by TNT at 8
p.m. ET. The other events consist of the
the Taco Bell Skills Challenge, a contest of top guards working against the
clock to complete a series of passes, free throws, layups and agility drills;
the Foot Locker Three-Point Contest; and the Sprite Slam Dunk contest. For the
first time, State Farm All-Star Saturday Night will feature a new format that
pits the Eastern Conference against the Western Conference in a night of
competitions that will raise money for charity.
The Sears Shooting Stars contest features one current NBA
player, one current WNBA player and an NBA legend on each team. There are six
numbered shooting locations of increasing difficulty, with each team attempting
to make all shots in numeric order in the fastest time. Each team will select a
specific player rotation to follow throughout the competition. Each shot must
be made before the next player begins shooting in succession. Teams have up to
two minutes to complete the entire shooting course.