Senior Courtney Ingersoll advanced to the semifinals of the State Farm Women’s Three-Point Championship Thursday evening on the campus of Tulane in Fogelman Arena in New Orleans. The event was televised nationally on ESPN.Ingersoll competed against St. Bonaventure’s Jessica Jenkins, Louisville’s Becky Burke, Michigan State’s Taylor Alton, Purdue’s Brittany Rayburn, South Carolina’s Markeshia Grant and USC’s Ashley Corral at the 24th-Annual Three-Point Championships, which is held the Thursday before the Men’s Basketball Final Four in the event’s host city.
Ingersoll and the other competitors had 60 seconds to make a total of 25 shots from five stations set up beyond the arc. The first four balls at each station were worth one point, while the fifth “money” ball was worth two points.
The Massillon, Ohio, native qualified for the Final Four by tallying 15 points in the opening round to finish in a three-way tie for second place. Ingersoll made one shot at the first station, two at the second, three at the third, four at the fourth and five at the fifth, including the “money” ball at each of the final two stations. USC’s Corral won the opening round with 20 points, followed by Ingersoll, Burke and Jenkins with 15 points each.
Ingersoll had some trouble finding her mark at the beginning stages of the semifinals and totaled eight points. She scored one point at the third station, two at the fourth and five at the fifth. Burke and Corral advanced to the finals with 18 points and 14 points, respectively.
Corral defeated Burke, 20-11, in the finals to win the competition.
A 2011-12 third-team All-Mid-American Conference selection, Ingersoll averaged 11.9 points, 4.3 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.7 steals in a squad-best 35.0 minutes per game.
She is currently leading the NCAA in three-point field-goal percentage (44.2 percent, 96 of 217, as of March 27) and ranks 13th in three-point field goals made (2.8). She made at least four triples in 12 games this season, including a collegiate-best six against Cincinnati in the second round of the WNIT March 19. Ingersoll’s 96 treys tied a MAC single-season record, and her 44.2 three-point field-goal percentage stands second best in UT annals.
Ingersoll wrapped up her career first in school history in games played (133), sixth in three-point field goals made (176), seventh in three-point field-goal percentage (36.6 percent, 176 of 481) and minutes played (3,469), tied for seventh in three-point field goals attempted (481) and tied for eighth in steals (173).