Latta Named To WNBA All-Star Game
Article courtesy of the Washington Mystics
WASHINGTON --- Washington Mystics point guard Ivory Latta and forward Crystal Langhorne were both selected to the 2013 Eastern Conference All-Star team, the league announced Tuesday night. The game, taking place in Connecticut at the Mohegan Sun Arena, tips off at 3:30pm on ABC.
A first-time All-Star, Latta currently leads Washington in scoring, averaging 14.4 points per game, 3.9 assists and 2.7 rebounds.
Latta was an offseason acquisition for the Mystics, who signed her after she opted not to resign with the Tulsa Shock after they selected guard Skylar Diggins from Notre Dame in the 2013 WNBA Draft. Washington is Latta's fourth team in her six-year career.
"It's the All-Star Game," Latta said. "I've played in a couple celebrity All-Star Games, so I've got a couple tricks up my sleeve that I may pull out of the bag. I'm just really excited. I can't wait to get up there with those other girls and have a lot of fun (and) see what all the fun and fuss is about."
Despite this being her first All-Star selection, Latta was far from quiet at her first three stops. After her short time with the Detroit Shock, before the expansion, the Atlanta Dream acquired her in the 2008 expansion draft. Latta performed admirably averaging 11.4 points per game and 3.6 assists, but was released at the start of the 2009 season. She was eventually picked back up by the Dream, but never statistically matched her first season in Atlanta.
Latta then found herself in Tulsa in 2010 playing for the Shock where she averaged 13.3 points per game over her three seasons there. When the two sides parted ways, the Mystics snatched Latta up and the 5'6'' point guard, who can't keep a smile off her face, has been thrilled with the opportunity ever since.
"I love the camera," Latta said. "Everybody knows that I love the camera because the camera loves me too. It's going to be great because I'm going to represent the Mystics and we're having a pretty good season."
"As I've got that Mystic on my chest everything's going to be fine. We're going to go up there and we're going to shine."
Langhorne, who has spent her entire six-year career in Washington, has been an All-Star two prior times - in 2010 and 2011. There was no WNBA All-Star Game last season because of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.
The 6-2 forward has been a fan favorite since the Mystics first drafted her after she played her college career at the University of Maryland.
"I'm really excited about it and I'm honored," Langhorne said. "It just speaks to what our team is doing."
This season Langhorne is second on the team in scoring, averaging 12.8 points per game on 56% shooting, while also leading the team with 6.7 boards per game. Langhorne was the lone Mystics player selected to the All-Star team in 2011 and one of three in 2010 along with forward Monique Currie and former teammate Lindsey Harding. She was also selected to the 2010 All-WNBA Second Team.
"I'm excited about Ivory," Langhorne said. "She's played such a big role for us coming in, being (our) point guard, and scoring for us. She's doing a great job."