WNBA All-Star game returns to Phoenix

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Natalie Rivers By Natalie Rivers

PHOENIX -- The Phoenix Mercury -- one of the original WNBA teams and two-time league champions -- will host the Boost Mobile All-Star 2014 at US Airways Center this summer.

The game is scheduled for July 19.

Launched in 1997, the WNBA played its first All-Star game in 1999. The Mercury hosted the second East-West match-up in 2000. Most of the recent games have been played on the East Coast.

In addition to playing on the last three Olympic teams, Mercury guard Diana Taurasi has been part of several All-Star West teams since the Mercury drafted her as the No. 1 pick in 2004. Brittney Griner joined her on the All-Star court last year. The West won 102-98.

Mercury and Suns season-ticket holders can buy their All-Star 2014 tickets starting Wednesday. For every All-Star ticket sold, the Mercury will donate $1 to local charities that help military members and their families.

The Phoenix Mercury holds three conference titles (1998, 2007, 2009) and two championship titles (2007, 2009).

There are 12 teams in the WNBA.