Storm guard Sue Bird and forward Swin Cash will be participating in the WNBA All-Star Pre-Game Challenge presented by Toyota before Saturday’s All-Star Game (12:30 p.m., ABC).
Bird will take part in the Three-Point Shootout, taking on a field of five other All-Stars. Bird comes in with plenty of practice, having set a franchise record and tied the WNBA season high by making seven three-pointers last night in 14 attempts. It is the first Shootout appearance for Bird or any other Storm player.
This is the first year of the All-Star Skills Challenge, a team competition that replaces the individual skills competition. Four teams – two from each conference – of three All-Stars will compete to make a series of baskets while navigating an obstacle course. The team with the fastest time will claim bragging rights. Cash will join Nicky Anosike of the Minnesota Lynx and Nicole Powell of the Sacramento Monarchs on one of the teams.