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UConn in the WNBA: Two Former Huskies Will Compete In All-Star Friday Night

Kia Nurse and Napheesa Collier have some additional All-Star weekend obligations.

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This year, in additional to the All-Star game on Saturday, the WNBA will host a three-point contest and skills challenge on Friday night, similar to the format of NBA All-Star weekend.

Former UConn star Kia Nurse will compete in the three-point challenge. Nurse is shooting nearly 37 percent from beyond the arc this season and has made a three-pointer in all but three games. She will compete against reigning back-to-back champion Allie Quigley (Chicago Sky) and four other guards.

Minnesota Lynx rookie and former Husky Napheesa Collier will compete in the skills challenge. Collier will compete against four other All-Stars including Lynx teammate Odyssey Sims, as well as two additional forwards from the league.

ESPN will air live coverage of the WNBA All-Star Friday night starting at 7 p.m. ET.

WNBA All-Star Game Rosters Set

Last night, All-Star captains A’ja Wilson and Elena Delle Donne drafted their teams for Saturday’s All-Star game. Kia Nurse was drafted 7th overall, to start for Team Delle Donne. Delle Donne also drafted Napheesa Collier (pick 18) and Wilson drafted Tina Charles (pick 15). However, the captains later traded Charles and Collier. Charles will play beside her New York Liberty teammate and fellow former Husky Kia Nurse, while Collier will play for Team Wilson alongside the other two Lynx All-Stars.

Stefanie Dolson Leads Chicago Sky to Fourth Straight Victory

The Chicago Sky secured their fourth straight win, at home over the Indiana Fever on Sunday to head into the All-Star break at 5th in the WNBA standings. With Sunday’s game being arguably the toughest opponent of that four game streak, former Husky Stefanie Dolson came up big for the Sky.

Dolson scored a season high 19 points, and tied her season high with 9 rebounds in the victory. Dolson also added 3 blocks and 2 steals. She shot 67 percent from the floor, and was efficient from the free throw line to finish with 1.58 points per scoring attempt.