Three-point shooting contest to return for 2017 WNBA All-Star Game

PHOENIX, AZ - JULY 19: Western Conference All-Star Diana Taurasi
PHOENIX, AZ - JULY 19: Western Conference All-Star Diana Taurasi /

The WNBA Three-Point Contest will return to WNBA All-Star festivities this year, The Summitt has learned.

It will take place at halftime of the All-Star Game on Saturday, July 22 at Key Arena in Seattle. Tip-off is set for 3:30 p.m. ET on ABC.

This will be the first time that the WNBA has held a three-point shooting competition during its All-Star festivities since 2009, when Becky Hammon claimed victory at Mohegan Sun Arena.

This year’s event will feature six current WNBA players competing in a two-round, timed competition. Players will have to shoot from five positions around the three-point arc. Four of those positions will have a ball rack holding four regular balls (worth one point) and a “money ball” (worth two points). The fifth rack will feature all money balls, and the shooter will get to pick where that rack is positioned.

Each shooter will have one minute to get off as many shots as she can. The three players with the highest point totals will advance to the championship round.

A $10,000 donation will be made to a charity of the winner’s choice, reflecting her work within her community, according to the WNBA.

The WNBA will announce the six-player field as well as the charities they will compete for at a later date.