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Sabrina Ionescu scores a record-breaking 3-point contest; Aces team wins skill challenge

Sabrina Ionescu scores a record-breaking 3-point contest;  Aces team wins skill challenge

Sabrina Ionescu wins the 3-point contest

New York Liberty protégé Sabrina Ionescu couldn’t miss the final round of the WNBA All-Star 3-Point Tournament, scoring a WNBA-high 37 points and missing only two shots, on Friday at the Michelob Ultra Arena in Las Vegas.

They were faced in the first round by Seattle Storm guard Sammy Whitcombe with 28 points, but Whitcombe (24 points) and Dallas Wings guard and Final Three finalist Ariki Ogunboal (11 points) failed to reach Ionescu’s incendiary round.

The first round of 3-point competition

Connecticut Sunguard Dejunay Carrington: 18 points (elimised)

Dallas Wings guard Ariki Ogunpuel: 21 points

Indiana Fever guard Kelsey Mitchell: 15 points (eliminated)

New York Liberty guard Sabrina Ionescu: 26 points

Seattle Storm guard Sammy Whitcomb: 28 points

Las Vegas ace guard Jackie Young: 15 points (eliminated)

The final round of 3-point competition

Dallas Wings guard Ariki Ogunpuel: 11 points

New York Liberty guard Sabrina Ionescu: 37 points

Seattle Storm guard Sammy Whitcomb: 24 points

The Las Vegas Aces, guarding Chelsea Gray and Kelsey Plum, won the WNBA All-Star Skills Challenge on Friday in Las Vegas.  (AP Photo/LE Baskow)
The Las Vegas Aces, guarding Chelsea Gray and Kelsey Plum, won the WNBA All-Star Skills Challenge on Friday in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/LE Baskow)

Aces team wins skill challenge

The Aces of Chelsea Gray and Chelsea Bloom outlasted the other super-team of Team Liberty in the skills challenge final of a timed skills course to set the tone in Las Vegas this weekend. Gray and Bloom beat Sabrina Ionescu and Courtney Vandersloot’s time in the final run by 13 seconds after Gray passed him during the final run.

In the first round, Team Dream (Alisha Gray and Cheyenne Parker) and Team Wings (Ariki Ogunpoel and Sato Sabali) were eliminated early.

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First round skills challenge

Dream Team (Atlanta): Alesha Gray and Sean Parker, 58.7 seconds

The Wings (Dallas): Arike Ogunbowale and Satou Sabally, 52.6 seconds

Team Liberty (New York): Sabrina Ionescu and Courtney Vandersloot, 47.8 seconds (eliminate Dream)

Aces (Las Vegas): Chelsea Gray and Kelsey Plame, 45.9 seconds (removes wings)

Final round of skills challenge

Team Liberty (New York): Sabrina Ionescu and Courtney Vandersloot, 58 seconds

Aces (Las Vegas): Chelsea Gray and Kelsey Plame, 45 seconds

Live updates recap of the WNBA All-Star 3-Point Tournament and Skills Challenge