It was a weekend to remember in the Windy City as the league’s best gathered in Chicago for the 2022 WNBA All-Star Game and surrounding festivities.
In case you missed any of the action, here are the highlights from All-Star Weekend.
MTN DEW 3-Point Contest
Curry, Bird, Allen, Quigley — the Mount Rushmore of the greatest shooters of all time.
For a record-setting fourth time, Allie Quigley of the Chicago Sky won the three-point contest. In doing so, she became the only WNBA or NBA player to reach that mark.
In the final round, the winning number was 22 points for Quigley to claim victory once again. Sure enough, the three-point god surpassed Ariel Atkins of the Washington Mystics by scoring 30 points.
“It’s definitely pretty cool to be in the history books with so many great shooters, like Larry Bird,” Quigley said. “It just feels great to have that confidence from my coach, my teammates, and everybody in Chicago.”
Candace Parker supported her teammate by wearing a DePaul Blue Demons Quigley jersey.
The always animated WNBA legend was ecstatic after Quigley’s fourth victory. “You need to rename it the Allie Quigley three-point contest,” said Parker.
This year’s skills challenge featured WNBA All-Stars partnering with high school standouts in an eight-team tournament.
Sabrina Ionescu and NC State commit Zoe Brooks won it all in the Skills Challenge. The duo took down NaLyssa Smith and Duncanville (Texas) High School star Victoria Flores in the finals.
Ionescu became the first New York Liberty player in franchise history to win the WNBA All-Star Skills Challenge.
2022 WNBA All-Star Game
When the best basketball players in the world face off against each other, the product on the court never disappoints. In that showdown on Sunday, Team Wilson strolled past Team Stewart by a score of 134-112.
The game’s most significant highlights included long-time Chicago Sky and current Minnesota Lynx forward Sylvia Fowles throwing down a slam dunk late in the second quarter in her final all-star game. According to Fowles, that was her first dunk since 2008.
After tying the WNBA All-Star Game points record, Kelsey Plum earned 2022 WNBA All-Star MVP honors.
Leading the way for Team Wilson, Plum scored 30 points and set the record for most field goals made in the event (12 FGM). Along the way, she also recorded three rebounds and two assists to help secure the win for Team Wilson.
“I am so proud of KP,” said Plum’s Las Vegas and All-Star teammate A’ja Wilson. “This girl here she works so hard, countless nights in the gym and for me to be able to draft her and say that she’s my teammate is truly amazing. This gives me no surprise.”
Wilson put up 10 points and five rebounds in the win over Team Stewart.
Missed Opportunities By The WNBA
On Saturday afternoon, social media was flooded with complaints about how the weekend was planned and run. Fans were upset that the MTN Dew 3-Point Contest, Skills Challenge, and WNBA Live were invite-only events instead of being open to the public.
Many dedicated fans from across the country flew into Chicago under the impression all events would be open to the public, only to find out that wasn’t the case.
Prior to Sunday’s game, WNBA commissioner Cathy Engelbert addressed fans’ frustrations in addition to several other league issues.
Engelbert said she knew Wintrust Arena would not be available for Saturday’s event when selecting Chicago as the All-star Game host city.
On top of that, Engelbert pointed to gun violence as a reason for Chance The Rapper’s WNBA Live concert not being open to the public, adding that it was a concern when planning the fan festivities across the weekend.
The continuous confusion WNBA supporters endure is ridiculous. All-Star Weekend is for the fans that cherish the sport and want to see the best of the best come together to create a memorable experience that will last a lifetime.
There is plenty of work to do moving forward, but 2022 WNBA All-Star Weekend officially is in the books.
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