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Caitlin Clark and Angel Reese headline the WNBA All-Star team

Sensational rookies Caitlin Clark of the Indiana Fever and Angel Reese of the Chicago Sky are the headliners of the 12-team WNBA team that will face the U.S. women's national team in the 2024 WNBA All-Star Game in Phoenix on July 20, the league announced Tuesday night.

Clark and Reese, the No. 1 and No. 7 picks in the 2024 draft, are the only first-time All-Stars in the group.

The dynamic pair and their on-court rivalry helped usher in a new era of growth for women's basketball during their playing days at Iowa and LSU, respectively. Their three meetings in the first two months of the WNBA season have been decided by a combined 10-point margin, and the soon-to-be All-Star teammates are clear favorites in the race for Rookie of the Year, with Clark winning Rookie of the Month for May and Reese for June.

“I don't think I've ever been her teammate before, even at USA Basketball. I know people are going to be so happy about it, but I hope it doesn't take away from everyone else's accomplishment,” Clark said. “This is a huge accomplishment for everyone on Team USA and Team WNBA. They all deserve the same praise. I don't want it to distract from that and be the focus of All-Star weekend because that wouldn't be fair to them.”

Reese was emotional when she learned she had made the All-Star team and spoke to reporters through tears after helping Chicago to a win over Atlanta on Tuesday night.

“I'm just so happy. I know how much work I put in,” said Reese, who had 12 points and 19 rebounds in the 85-77 win. “When I came into this league, so many people doubted me and didn't believe my game would come through and I wouldn't be the player I was in college, or better or worse and not be where I am now.”

“But I trusted the process and I believed and I am grateful that I was able to [pick No. 7] and was able to come to Chicago. And it's just a blessing. I can't thank my teammates and my coaches enough for believing in me and trusting me. I know they're all going to come to Phoenix and support me. So I'm really happy right now.”

Other highlights on the WNBA team's roster include nine-time All-Star Nneka Ogwumike and six-time All-Star DeWanna Bonner. With Aliyah Boston and Kelsey Mitchell, Indiana – which has seen tremendous support with Clark in tow – has the most nominations of any team with three.

“This is a really, really big deal for our franchise,” Mitchell said. “It kind of shows where we are as players and where we're going individually.”

“We'll be on the same team and at least have each other,” Clark said. “It shows how talented we are… the future looks bright.”

Rounding out the group are Brionna Jones of the Connecticut Sun, Allisha Gray of the Atlanta Dream, Dearica Hamby of the Los Angeles Sparks, Jonquel Jones of the New York Liberty, Kayla McBride of the Minnesota Lynx and Arike Ogunbowale of the Dallas Wings.

The top 10 players with the most votes for the All-Star Game – determined by 50% of fan votes, 25% of current players and 25% of media votes – were automatically nominated for the All-Star Game. Those not previously nominated for the Olympic 5-on-5 team were assigned to Team WNBA.

Those 10 players were, in alphabetical order: Boston, Clark, Napheesa Collier, Kahleah Copper, Hamby, Sabrina Ionescu, Ogunbowale, Breanna Stewart, A'ja Wilson and Jackie Young. Clark and Boston received the most fan votes, followed by Wilson, Stewart and Reese.

Since Collier, Copper, Ionescu, Stewart, Wilson and Young were already on Team USA, Boston, Clark, Hamby and Ogunbowale were automatically named to Team WNBA.

The league's coaches then completed the rest of the WNBA team's roster by selecting from a list of the next 36 candidates with the most votes, ultimately settling on Bonner, Gray, Brionna Jones, Jonquel Jones, McBride, Mitchell, Ogwumike and Reese. The U.S. national team — which will compete for its eighth consecutive Olympic gold in Paris starting later this month — also includes Diana Taurasi, Chelsea Gray, Brittney Griner, Jewell Loyd, Kelsey Plum and Alyssa Thomas.

The starters for both teams will be determined by their respective head coaches.

A group of WNBA All-Stars already played against the US Olympic team in an All-Star Game in 2021, which the WNBA team won under the leadership of MVP Ogunbowale.

ESPN's Michael Voepel contributed to this report.