It’s impossible not to get excited about the handful of WNBA greats selected as starters for the 2017 All-Star game by fans, media and other fellow teammates and foes. The likes of Tina Charles, Tiffany Hayes, Jonquel Jones, Jasmine Thomas, Sue Bird, Sylvia Fowles, Maya Moore, Diana Taurasi and Candace Parker will show out, no question.
The WNBA experience of the starters on both the West and East ranges from one year for Jonquel Jones, all the way to 14 years – not to mention 10-time All-Star status – for WNBA All-Star 2017 hometown hero Sue Bird. Usually, those players stuck somewhere in the middle of young and veteran get lost in the shuffle.
But one that sticks out like a sore thumb, despite this trend, is Chicago’s, Allie Quigley.
The DePaul University alumna and two-time WNBA Sixth Woman of the Year, in her eighth season in the league, has had her best year to date – an even bigger year than 2014. Quigley is averaging 16.6 points per game, shooting over 50% from the field and just shy of a 45% clip from beyond the arc to go with three rebounds and 3.3 assists per game.
She sits in the top 10 in the WNBA in minutes per game (32.4), points per game, three-pointers made (47) and three-point percentage. Before 2017, Quigley’s career-best average was 11.2 ppg.
“I have stayed ready for everything,” Quigley said. “I’ve stayed ready to shoot and be aggressive. I’m not letting one miss bother me. I’m staying in the moment and being ready.”
The seasons where she averaged less than five points per game may leave room for doubt for some, but the perseverance seen particularly this year tells us Quigley was born ready. Not only will she make her All-Star debut Saturday afternoon, but was selected as a three-point contest participant competing against Bird, Moore, Sugar Rodgers and Jasmine Thomas.
All things considered, it’s safe to say my money is on Quigley.
Tune into ABC July 22 at 3:30 pm ET to catch Quigley and others in action from KeyArena in the Emerald City.