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Maci Morris to participate in State Farm 3-Point Championship Thursday in Minneapolis

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The best 3-point shooter in Kentucky women’s basketball history will have a chance to show off her skills in front of a national audience Thursday as she has been chosen to participate in the 31st annual State Farm College Slam Dunk & 3-Point Championships at Minneapolis’ Target Center as part of the Final Four.  

Morris is one of eight women’s college basketball players selected for the event that will air live on ESPN at 9 p.m. ET. She was invited to take part in the Women’s 3-Point Championship after being recognized as one of the nation’s finest shooters from 3-point territory.

Morris was fantastic for the Wildcats the past four seasons and topped it off with a great year in 2018-19, averaging 15.1 points per game with a team-best 75 3s and 45.2 percent from long range. Morris’s high percentage from long range is one of the best marks in the nation, sitting first in the Southeastern Conference and sixth nationally in that statistic. The guard scored in double figures in 26 games in 2018-19, including eight games of 20 or more.

The native of Bell County, Ky., has left her mark on the UK program as one of the best to ever play for the Wildcats. Morris ranks sixth all-time in scoring with 1,692 points while her 252 career 3s made ranks second all time. The guard connected on 41.1 percent of her 3-point attempts during her career, ranking her at the top of UK’s all-time list in that category. In all, Morris hit at least one 3 in 107 of 129 career games.

Morris received several awards this season and is currently one of five national finalists for the Ann Meyers-Drysdale Award for top shooting guard in the nation. In March, the guard was named an All-SEC Frist-Team performer by league coaches and All-SEC Second-Team honoree by the Associated Press. League coaches also tabbed Morris the SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year and she was one of 14 players tabbed to the SEC Community Service Team earlier this season. Most recently, she was named a finalist for WBCA All-America as an all-region performer by the association.

Intersport, producers of the event, invites 24 of the nation’s elite men’s and women’s college basketball players to compete in the State Farm College Slam Dunk & 3-Point Championships (eight dunkers, along with eight men’s and eight women’s shooters). The program showcases the dunking and sharp-shooting talents of the nation’s top college basketball players during the Men’s and Women’s 3-Point Shooting Championships, the Reese’s Puffs Battle of the Champions, the Great Clips Slam Dunk Championship and the Applebee’s Team Shootout.

Over the last 30 years, several of the top players in college basketball have competed in the College Slam Dunk & 3-Point Championships including: Gary Payton, Steve Nash, Jason Terry, Kyle Korver, Bobby Hurley, Michael Finley, Allan Houston, Wesley Matthews, Yogi Ferrell, Cappie Pondexter, Katie Gearlds, Kristi Toliver, Tiffany Hayes and Ariel Atkins.

 

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