Caitlin Clark and Angel Reese of Baltimore headline the WNBA All-Star team that will play against the US Olympic team

Caitlin Clark and Angel Reese, natives of the Baltimore area, will compete on the WNBA All-Star team against the U.S. Olympic team led by A'ja Wilson and Breanna Stewart.

The two notable rookies were selected Tuesday by a combination of votes from the media, players and fans, as well as the league's 12 coaches, for the July 20 game in Phoenix. It is the 20th All-Star Game in league history.

Clark received the most votes from fans, garnering 700,735 votes. Her Indiana teammate Aliyah Boston came in second with 72,000 votes. Reese finished fifth with 381,518 votes. Wilson and Stewart finished third and fourth, with Wilson receiving 607,300 votes and Stewart receiving 424,135.

Clark and Reese have been a boon to the WNBA in terms of ratings, merchandise sales and attendance. They're also good on the court: Clark is third in assists with 6.9 and Reese leads the WNBA in rebounds with 11.4. This is only the eighth time two rookies have been on the team. The last were Shoni Schimmel and Chiney Ogwumike in 2014.

Reese, from Randallstown, played basketball at St. Frances Academy in Baltimore. From the University of Maryland, she transferred to LSU, where she won the 2023 national championship.

Joining the newcomers on the WNBA team were DeWanna Bonner and Brionna Jones of Connecticut, Allisha Gray of Atlanta, Dearica Hamby of Los Angeles, Jonquel Jones of New York, Kayla McBride of Minnesota, Kelsey Mitchell of Indiana, Nneka Ogwumike of Seattle and Arike Ogunbowale of Dallas.

Ogunbowale was the MVP of the 2021 All-Star Game, which pitted the U.S. team against a league all-star team in the same format. The WNBA team won that game.

Brittney Griner and Diana Taurasi are also part of the U.S. team that will compete for its eighth consecutive Olympic gold medal in Paris later this month. The two Phoenix players will get a chance to play in front of their home crowd in the friendly match. Taurasi will be competing for a record sixth Olympic gold medal.

Three of Wilson's teammates in Las Vegas – Chelsea Gray, Kelsey Plum and Jackie Young – are on the U.S. team. Gray was on the Tokyo Olympic team, while Plum and Young helped the Americans win the first gold medal in 3-on-3.

Other returnees from the Tokyo Games include Napheesa Collier and Jewell Loyd. Several Olympic newcomers will join the team, including Alyssa Thomas, Sabrina Ionescu and Kahleah Copper. All three played on the American team that won the World Championship in Australia in 2022.

Any player selected for either the US team or the WNBA squad is considered an All-Star. This is Taurasi's 11th time, putting her in second place behind Sue Bird, who has been selected as an All-Star 13 times.

The night before the All-Star Game, the league hosts a 3-point challenge and a skills contest.