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Two Colorado Chill Players Compete Against Each Other

July 27, 2004 - National Women's Basketball League (NWBL) - Colorado Chill News Release

This year's WNBA All-Star game will have a much different look than years' past. This year, eleven WNBA All-Star players will take on the US National Team as a send off to the Olympics in Athens, Greece. The game will take place on Thursday, August 5, 7pm EST at Radio City Music Hall in New York City and will be televised live on ESPN.

This unique game will put two Colorado Chill players against each other. Ruth Riley, who was placed on the US National Team last week, will go up against Becky Hammon and the WNBA All-Stars.

The US National team is comprised of Sue Bird (Seattle Storm), Swin Cash (Detroit Shock), Tamika Catchings (Indiana Fever), Yolanda Griffith (Sacramento Monarchs), Shannon Johnson (San Antonio Silver Stars), Lisa Leslie (Los Angles Sparks), Ruth Riley (Detroit Shock), Katie Smith (Minnesota Lynx), Dawn Staley (Charlotte Sting), Sheryl Swoopes (Houston Comets), Diana Taurasi (Phoenix Mercury), and Tina Thompson (Houston Comets). The Head Coach for the US team will be Houston Comets Head Coach Van Chancellor.

"Ruth has the awesome opportunity of representing our country at the Olympics," said Dave King, General Manger of the Colorado Chill. "So few athletes have that opportunity, and I'm very excited for Ruth."

The WNBA All-Star team will be comprised of Anna DeForge (Phoenix Mercury), Allison Feaster (Charlotte Sting), Cheryl Ford (Detroit Shock), Becky Hammon (New York Liberty), Mwadi Mabika (Los Angles Sparks), Taj McWilliams-Franklin (Conneciticut Sun), Deanna Nolan (Detroit Shock), Nykesha Sales (Connecticut Sun), Nikki Teasley (Los Angles Sparks), and Natalie Williams (Indiana Fever). One WNBA All-Star player is still yet to be named. Detroit Shock Head Coach Bill Laimbeer will be the Head Coach of the WNBA All-Star Team.

"It will be exciting to see Becky play in this year's All-Star game," said King. "Last year Becky missed out on the All-Star game due to her knee injury, and I'm glad that she has the opportunity to play in this year's game."

Due to the Olympics taking place in August, the WNBA will take the entire month of August off. The season will start back up in September, once the Olympic athletes return to the states.

The Colorado Chill completed the 2004 season as the regular season champions and were undefeated at home in the Budweiser Events Center. For 2005 season ticket information, contact Kim at Triple Crown Sports at 970-223-6644 ext.167.

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