The youngsters stepped up Saturday, but in the end, nine-time WNBA All-Star Tamika Catchings hit the shot that won the East the game.
Minnesota teammates Lindsay Whalen and Rebekkah Brunson headline the WNBA All-Star reserves announced Tuesday night.
Elena Delle Donne is already leaving her mark in the WNBA.
Tulsa Shock rookie Liz Cambage has been announced as the replacement for injured Los Angeles center Candace Parker on the Western Conference roster for Saturday's WNBA All-Star game.
Phoenix's Diana Taurasi, Seattle's Sue Bird and Indiana's Tamika Catchings were voted as starters for the WNBA All-Star game again.
Kerri Gardin had 23 points, eight rebounds and five assists to help the Connecticut Sun beat the Indiana Fever 95-85 Sunday.
Lindsay Whalen scored 13 of her 22 points in the third quarter and the Connecticut Sun beat the short-handed Los Angeles Sparks 87-61 on Thursday night.
For the first time in All-Star Game history, the starting lineups include no WNBA originals, writes Nancy Lieberman, who looks at how each starter has improved over the years.
Asjha Jones matched her career high with 22 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead the Connecticut Sun to a 72-65 victory over the San Antonio Silver Stars on Sunday.
Indiana Fever forward Tamika Catchings was the top vote-getter in WNBA All-Star balloting and will lead the Eastern Conference against the Western Conference on July 12.
Connecticut 85, Seattle 81
Nykesha Sales scored 20 points, leading five Connecticut starters in double-figures, and the Sun beat the Washington Mystics 80-65 Thursday night.
Forwards LaToya Thomas had a season-high 23 points and Agnieszka Bibrzycka a career-high 19 in leading the Silver Stars to a 78-67 victory over the Connecticut Sun on Thursday night.
Connecticut Sun stars Nykesha Sales and Taj McWilliams-Franklin will start for the WNBA All-Star team that will play the U.S. Olympic squad.