“I was out here playing to win, I really wanted this money for my charity.” Diamond DeShields, 2019 Skills Challenge champion
Las Vegas, NV- After watching her fellow Tennessee Volunteers alum Diamond DeShields come from behind twice to advance and eventually win the Skills competition, Shekinna Stricklen had to sweat through a blistering late charge from Kayla McBride to win the 2019 WNBA three-point contest presented by Mountain Dew.
Despite getting what she said was the unenviable draw of being the first competitor to shoot in the first round, the hometown favorite McBride came out smoking in the first round, recording a blistering first-round score of 22 points. In the final round, the Aces’ sharpshooter would fall in heartbreaking fashion, as she eventually came just one made basket short of tying Stricklen, or flat out winning the competition, as she was unable to surpass Stricklen’s final round tally of 23 points.
Two-time defending champ Alie Quigley fell just shy of qualifying for the finals, recording a score of 19. Unfortunately for Quigley, her score was bested by McBride’s 22 and Shakena Stricklen, who posted a first-round score of 21.
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In the Skills competition that preceded the three-point contest, Chicago’s Courtney Vandersloot bested Sami Whitcomb in the first round, despite trailing throughout, when Whitcomb missed her three-point attempt and Vandersloot drained hers immediately after.