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Moore is 1st rookie WNBA All-Star starter since 2002

Connecticut's Maya Moore addresses a question during a media session at the NCAA Women's Final Four college basketball tournament Monday, April 5, 2010, in San Antonio, Texas. Stanford plays Connecticut for the national championship Tuesday night. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

Connecticut's Maya Moore addresses a question during a media session at the NCAA Women's Final Four college basketball tournament Monday, April 5, 2010, in San Antonio, Texas. Stanford plays Connecticut for the national championship Tuesday night. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota Lynx forward Maya Moore, a Collins Hill grad, was voted a starter for the Western Conference All-Star team on Thursday night. She is the first rookie to be so honored since 2002.

Moore received 21,379 votes. That was tops among Western Conference forwards and the fourth-most votes in the entire league. She was the No. 1 overall pick after a brilliant career at Connecticut.

Tamika Catchings and Sue Bird were the last rookies to be voted starters in 2002.

She is averaging 14.5 points and 4.5 rebounds per game for the Lynx.

The game will be played on July 23 in San Antonio. Moore says she is excited and honored by the voting.