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WNBA All-Star Friday Preview: Brittney Griner vs. Odyssey Sims in a Skills Challenge pitting bigs against guards

It’s WNBA All-Star Friday! In tonight’s events, Allie Quigley is out to three-peat in the Three-Point Contest and the resurrected Skills Challenge will force guards like Odyssey Sims to battle centers like Brittney Griner.

Baylor v Notre Dame
Former Baylor teammates turned WNBA stars Brittney Griner (left) and Odyssey Sims (right) will battle in the 2019 WNBA All-Star Skills Challenge.
Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images

All-Star Weekend is here! The WNBA’s 16th All-Star Game will be hosted by the Las Vegas Aces at the Mandalay Bay Events Center this coming Saturday, July 27, and we’ll be here with you every step of the way. To get you ready for the festivities, here’s a look at the itinerary for Friday’s events.

All-Star Friday Night

Three-Point Contest

Allie Quigley looks to three-peat as champion.

When: Friday, July 26, at 7 p.m. ET

How to watch: ESPN

Here are the six players who will be competing in the three-point shootout:

Quigley, of course, is the two-time reigning champion of the contest, having won it in 2017 and 2018. Last year, she set a new record for most made three-pointers in the contest in NBA or WNBA history. The format will be the same: a timed contest with five spots on the perimeter from which the players will shoot. There will be one “money ball” worth an additional point at each spot, with a spot of each player’s choosing containing only “money balls.”

Will anyone be able to dethrone Quigley? While we wait for the answer, relive her shooting brilliance from last season’s exhibition:

Skills Challenge

Popular obstacle course-style contest returns to All-Star Weekend, featuring both guards and frontcourt players.

When: Friday, July 26, at 7 p.m. ET

How to watch: ESPN

Last featured at All-Star Weekend in 2010, the Skills Challenge involves an on-court obstacle course that will test each participant’s ballhandling, passing and three-point shooting skills. The contestants will go head-to-head in a bracket-style tournament where the fastest finisher will advance to the next round.

Here’s who will be participating:

What makes this event especially interesting is the wide range of players. Brittney Griner, Jonquel Jones and Elizabeth Williams all play center for their respective WNBA teams. Will they be able to hold their own against their smaller, speedier peers, like Odyssey Sims and Diamond DeShields?

Overall, tonight’s events feature a nice mix of the WNBA’s current generation of stars and its next big wave of talent.