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Darby Dazzles

Courtesy of Steve Woltmann Photography
Courtesy of Steve Woltmann Photography

MINNEAPOLIS – Belmont senior Darby Maggard grabbed the nation's attention Thursday with the kind of showing that has made her one of the greatest 3-point shooters in the history of college basketball.

Maggard (Larwill, Ind.) shot her way to first place in the opening round of the 2019 State Farm College Slam Dunk & 3-Point Championships while making a run to the finals of the Rocket Mortgage Women's 3-Point Shooting Championship. There Maggard put on a show again, falling just short against fellow sharpshooter Presley Hudson of Central Michigan in front of national television audience on ESPN.

The State Farm College Slam Dunk & 3-Point Championships were being held in conjunction with this weekend's NCAA Men's Basketball Final Four at Minneapolis's Target Center.

Eight of the best men's and women's players from around the country participated in the 3-point shooting contest with each student-athlete having one minute to fire 25 shots, five each from five different locations around the 3-point arc. With the fifth ball at each station worth two points, Maggard put up rounds of 22, 18 and 18, respectively.

Maggard electrified the Target Center crowd and national audience on ESPN, sinking her first nine shots of the competition – all with outgoing Belmont men's basketball hall of fame coach Rick Byrd by her side providing live commentary for the broadcast.

Her first-round 22 was only ever bested by Hudson, who had 23 in the finals. No men's player topped Maggard's top round.

Maggard is among the most dangerous and accurate 3-point shooters in NCAA history, ranking fourth all time among women's players with 430 made threes in her career. She is one of just seven women to ever surpass 400 made 3-pointers and the only one to do so while making better than 40 percent of her 3-point attempts (43.1 percent).

Along the way Maggard set both Ohio Valley Conference and Belmont school records for career 3-pointers made, but the point guard proved herself so much more than a 3-point specialist. Maggard is the only player in history to dish out at least 650 career assists while also making more than 400 3-pointers.

Maggard was the second Belmont player to participate in the State Farm College Slam Dunk and 3-Point Championships. Former Bruins men's basketball great Ian Clark, a current member of the NBA's New Orleans Pelicans, competed in the Men's 3-Point Championship in 2013. Clark reached the semifinals of the event and placed third.