All-Star Season for Shameka Christon

Shameka Christon is playing All-Star basketball in what is so far the best individual season of her six-year career. Her teammates and coaches believe there should be a spot for her on the East squad in this months All-Star Game in Connecticut and Christon is posting the numbers to back up their endorsements.

But whether or not the 6-foot-1 forward - who ranks sixth in the league in scoring with 17.5 points per game - will make the team is still to be determined. The fan voting for the starters ended last week and they will be announced on Tuesday. The leagues coaches will then select the reserves on July 20.

Shes playing like (an All-Star), Liberty Head Coach Pat Coyle said. I think shes having a very good year and I thought she had a very good year last year.

Christon, on the other hand, is not thinking about the possibility of being named an All-Star for the first time in her career, especially with her team sitting towards the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings at 4-7.

Honestly, I really dont think about it right now, Christon said. My main focus is on the team. We have to start getting this thing turned around. I really dont think about All-Star, I just go out there and do what I can to help the team get a victory.

In the Libertys final game before the All-Star voting returns are announced, Christon poured in 18 points on 4-of-12 shooting and pulled in six rebounds to help her team recover from a slow start and defeat the Atlanta Dream 71-69 on Saturday.

Christon hit a clutch 3-pointer to get New York within one with just over a minute remaining and she stripped the ball from Chamique Holdsclaw in the closing seconds to seal the win.

When you need something, she just gets it done, Liberty center Janel McCarville said. Shes definitely matured a lot through the years to get to this point. And as long as she keeps going, the skys the limit for her. Shes definitely an underrated player in the league.

Christon does not consider herself the vocal leader on the team - leaving that role to McCarville and point guard Loree Moore - but rather a player who leads by example. Christon has proven throughout her career that she can put the ball in the hoop, which has earned her All-Star recognition, but its the little things that she does on the court that could help the Liberty get back on track.

I think I could do better as far as consistently going to the boards and even defensively to help my team out, said Christon, who is averaging a career-best 4.5 boards through 10 games this season. I think everything with us right now is mental, so hopefully I can help get everybody on the same page because we have such a great group on and off the court.