Shooting for Perfection

For as long as she can remember, Allie Quigley has loved to watch Stephen Curry play. Even as far back as his days at Davidson, Quigley admired Curry’s shooting form and tried to emulate it with her everyday practice routine.

Every game, Quigley is the first player out on the court to shoot around during pre-game. Every practice, Quigley is the last player to finish shooting. Quigley has spent countless hours watching video on Curry to implement aspects of his game into her own. Specifically, Quigley has taken notes from Curry’s footwork, combo moves, pace and mid-range game.

Look closely and you can see the similarities. Both guards are slight in stature but crafty around the basket. If you watch either player in a game, they never stop moving. They pride themselves on their conditioning and ability to read their defender coming off screens. Both have transformed their games to be able to play the point guard position, in addition to their natural shooting guard role. The added value they provide to their teams by being able to bring the ball down the court and come off ball screens opens the floor for their teammates. Quigley has watched so much film on Curry’s game that her shot has become almost an exact replica of his.

Even before Quigley started to mirror Curry’s game, the two shooting guards already had a lot in common. Quigley and Curry both made it to the pro-level after playing at mid-major colleges; Quigley at DePaul University and Curry at Davidson University. Quigley ranked in the top five in 3-Point Field Goals Made (248), Total Points Scored (2,078), Total Assists (427), Free Throw Percentage (83%) and 3-Point Field Goal Percentage (38.6%) at DePaul University. Likewise, Curry made his mark, ending his college career as Davidson’s all-time leading scorer (2,635 points) and the all-time career leader in 3-Point Field Goals Made (414), Total Free Throws Made (479), 30-point games (30) and 40-point games (6).

The comparable statistics are not the only thing these two pure shooters have in common. Quigley and Curry both come from families of reputable athletes. Quigley’s parents both played basketball at the University of St. Francis in Joliet, IL and her siblings all played sports through college. Quigley’s oldest brother, Ryan, played Minor League Baseball team, her sister Sam played alongside her at DePaul and her youngest brother Jake played college tennis. Curry’s father, Dell, played in the NBA for 16 seasons while his mother played volleyball at Virginia Tech University. Curry has a younger brother, Seth, who plays for Santa Cruz Warriors (the Golden State Warriors D-League team) and a younger sister, Sydel, who plays college volleyball.

Plain and simple, Curry and Quigley are the definition of gym rats and have become arguably two of the purest shooters in the world. Quigley has helped the Sky to back-to-back playoff appearances and the first playoff victory in franchise history while Curry helped revitalize a Warriors franchise that was struggling for an identity. Watch Quigley in action tonight beginning at 6:00 p.m. CT on ESPN2 as the Sky take on the Atlanta Dream in game two of the Eastern Conference Semifinals.