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WNBA All-Star Game 2019: Diamond DeShields wins Skills Challenge, Shekinna Stricklen wins Three-Point Contest

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Diamond DeShields and Shekinna Stricklen (NBA Getty Images)

The 2019 WNBA All-Star Weekend got underway with the Skills Challenge and the Three-Point Contest presented by MTN Dew on Friday night.

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Chicago Sky guard Diamond DeShields came out victorious in the Skills Challenge, a three-round event that featured two players competing simultaneously on identical obstacle courses that test ball handling, passing, agility and 3-point shooting skills.

DeShields edged Connecticut Sun forward Jonquel Jones in the final round with a time of 23.4 seconds.

Other participants in the Skills Challenge included Minnesota Lynx forward Napheesa Collier, Sky guard Courtney Vandersloot, Lynx guard Odyssey Sims, Seattle Storm wing Sami Whitcomb, Atlanta Dream centre/forward Elizabeth Williams and Phoenix Mercury centre Brittney Griner, who dunked her layup attempt to close out the obstacle course in the opening round.

In the 3-Point Contest, it was Connecticut Sun wing Shekinna Strickland that emerged victorious with a score of 23 in the final round, defeating Las Vegas Aces guard Kayla McBride by two points.

Other participants included two-time champion, Allie Quigley from the Sky, Los Angeles Sparks guard Chelsea Gray, New York Liberty guard Kia Nurse and Indiana Fever guard Erica Wheeler.

The 2019 AT&T WNBA All-Star Game takes place in Las Vegas, NV on Saturday, July 27 at 3:30 p.m. on SN One.

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