NEW YORK – Las Vegas Aces guard Jackie Young, who leads the WNBA in three-point field goal percentage this season, and New York Liberty guard Sabrina Ionescu, who ranks second in three-pointers made, headline the list of six players who will show off the league’s talent from beyond the arc in the STARRY® WNBA 3-Point Contest, which will take place on Friday, July 14 at Michelob Ultra Arena in Las Vegas.
The STARRY® WNBA 3-Point Contest and Kia WNBA Skills Challenge will air live on ESPN at 1 p.m. PT/4 p.m. ET as part of the events surrounding the 2023 AT&T WNBA All-Star Game, which is set for Saturday, July 15 at Michelob Ultra Arena (ABC, 5:30 p.m. PT/8:30 p.m. ET).
Young (48.5 percent from three-point range) and Ionescu (54 threes made) will be joined in the six-player field by DiJonai Carrington (Connecticut Sun), Kelsey Mitchell (Indiana Fever), Arike Ogunbowale (Dallas Wings) and Sami Whitcomb (Seattle Storm). This marks the second STARRY® WNBA 3-Point Contest for Mitchell, Ogunbowale and Whitcomb. Mitchell participated in the 2018 event, Whitcomb in 2021 and Ogunbowale in 2022, each of which was won by Allie Quigley. Carrington, Ionescu and Young are first-time participants.
In addition to the STARRY® WNBA 3-Point Contest, STARRY will have a significant presence at WNBA Live presented by U.S. Bank with multiple interactive opportunities for fans. At the Shoot Your Shot Competition on the STARRY Court, fans can participate in a variety of events, including testing their own 3-point shooting skills for a chance to win prize money. On Friday and again on Saturday, the fan who makes the most 3-point shots in 60 seconds will win $33,333. In addition, at the STARRY Style Lounge, fans can view WNBA All-Star A’ja Wilson’s footwear style and participate in games to win custom merchandise, take photos at a branded photo booth and sample STARRY products.
WNBA Live presented by U.S. Bank is a two-day fan festival that will celebrate the intersection of the WNBA, fashion, music and culture. It will begin on Friday, July 14 at 12 p.m. PT and run through Saturday, July 15 at 8 p.m. PT at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center.
Below are the participants and the rules for the 2023 STARRY® WNBA 3-Point Contest:
2023 STARRY WNBA 3-POINT CONTEST – COMPETITION FORMAT AND RULES
Six players will compete in the two-round, timed shooting competition.
- Ball racks are positioned at five main shooting locations around the three-point arc.
- Four of the racks contain four official WNBA game balls and one “money” ball.
- The WNBA game balls are worth one point. The “money” ball is worth two points.
- For each rack, the “money” ball can only be shot after the four WNBA game balls are shot.
- The fifth rack will be a special “all money ball” rack. Each competitor will decide the spot for this rack to be placed at one of the five main shooting locations. Every ball on this rack is worth two points.
- Two ball pedestals are positioned at deep shot locations called “The Starry Range,” one between racks 2 and 3 and the other between racks 3 and 4.
- Each ball pedestal holds one special ball known as the “Starry” ball.
- Shots made with the special “Starry” ball are worth 3 points.
- Players must exhaust the ball racks and pedestals in competition order before moving on to the next shooting location.
- Players may not start on or over the three-point line while shooting. The basket will not count if the line is violated. For the two additional deep shots, the player must begin their shooting motion with at least one foot in the “The Starry Range” designated by a floor decal.
- Each competitor has 70 seconds (1:10) to shoot as many of the 27 balls as they can.
- Order of competition will be determined by the WNBA.
- The three players with the highest scores advance to the Final Round.
FIRST ROUND TIEBREAKER
- In the event of a tie to determine the Final Round participants, a 30-second tiebreaker will take place using the same competition format described above. If necessary, this process will be repeated until the tie is broken.
- Three players will compete in the Final Round.
- The competition order for the Final Round will be determined by the inverse order of First Round scores. (e.g., the player with the lowest score in the First Round among the players who advanced shoots first in the Final Round.)
FINAL ROUND TIEBREAKER
- In the event of a tie to determine the Champion, a full 70-second (1:10) tiebreaker will take place. If necessary, this process will be repeated until the tie is broken.