WNBA All-Star 2019: Sky's Diamond DeShields wins skills challenge, Sun's Shekinna Stricklen tops 3-point contest

The 2019 WNBA All-Star weekend has begun, and it was highlighted with young talent in Friday’s festivities.

As the All-Stars prepare for the showcase in Saturday’s game, a number of selections and players invited specifically for these events participated in the skills challenge and 3-point contest.

Diamond DeShields, a first-time All-Star and second-year player with the Chicago Sky, won the skills competition, beating out the likes of the Phoenix Mercury’s Brittney Griner and Minnesota Lynx’s Odyssey Sims.

It was the first time the event was featured since 2010, and DeShields won in style.

She became the shortest player — tying Patrick Beverley (2015) and Trey Burke (2014) — in NBA or WNBA history to win the competition.

DeShields had some helpful advice for her Sky teammate, Allie Quigley, who entered the night as the two-time reigning 3-point contest champion and set a record last year for most made three-pointers in the contest in NBA/WNBA history.

“Do what I taught you,” DeShields told ESPN, which aired the event.

Quigley, however, wasn’t able to advance to the finals. Instead, it was the Connecticut Sun’s Shekinna Stricklen and the 2018 runner up 
Kayla McBride of the Las Vegas Aces, who are hosting the event.

McBride, one of the top 3-point shooters in the league at 47.4%, banked 22 points but only after Stricklen recorded 23.

The first-time All-Star let out a contagious yell when she squeaked by McBride.

Stricklen joined Quigley (2017), Katie Douglas (2010), and Laurie Koehn (2007) as the only players in WNBA history to score 20 points in both rounds of the competition. 

All of this excitement, including a dunk from Griner during the skills challenge, is leading up to the All-Star game which will feature some changes.

The league will experiment with rule changes including hockey-style substitutions and a 20-second shot clock instead of the usual 24. 

The All-Star game will air Saturday on ABC at 3:30 p.m. ET.