Nam Y. Huh/AP
CHICAGO – By the time Allie Quigley got started, it was all over.
The 3-point queen put on quite a show again.
Quigley won the WNBA 3-point contest for a fourth time on Saturday and branded himself as one of the greatest shooters in league history.
No one in the NBA or WNBA has as many 3-point titles as Quigley, who also won the competition last year. She tied with Larry Bird and Craig Hodges with three each.
“It’s definitely pretty cool to be in the history books with so many great shooters,” Quigley said. “Larry Bird, I don’t know who else, but Larry Bird is enough for me.”
After winning in Las Vegas last year, Quigley, 36, said it was her last 3-point contest. The crowd booed the decision.
Then the WNBA announced the 2022 All-Star Game would be held in Chicago, and Quigley, who hails from nearby Joliet, played college ball at DePaul and helped Sky win the WNBA title last season, was dating brought into retirement.
It won’t happen again, she said.
“One hundred percent, 120 percent, that’s it,” she said. “You won’t see me again.”
Quigley went into the finals last, easily fending off Washington Mystics guard Ariel Atkins and Atlanta Dreams guard Rhyne Howard. After Atkins had 21 points and Howard had 14 points, Quigley rolled to 30 points.
Sky teammate Candace Parker, wearing a Quigley DePaul jersey, and Quigley’s wife, Courtney Vandersloot, another Sky guard, jumped up and down excitedly as Quigley found her way through a perfect final rack.
“They’re my biggest fans,” Quigley said.
New York Liberty guard Sabrina Ionescu and Zoe Brooks, a New Jersey point guard committed to North Carolina State, won the Skills Challenge together. Ionescu and Brooks defeated Indiana Fever forward NaLyssa Smith and Victoria Flores, a prep point guard from Texas, in the final.
The format for the Skills Challenge paired a WNBA player with a player from the Elite Youth Basketball League competing at the 2022 Nike Nationals for a full-court obstacle course.