84th Annual AAU Sullivan Award nominee, Shoni Schimmel is having no problem adjusting to the WNBA. Last night, she led the Atlanta Dream to a win over the league-best Phoenix Mercury, clinching the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference for the first time in franchise history.
Schimmel collected a total of 24 points in the game, the highest out of her teammates. She didn’t start the game but after being brought in from the bench and dominating the floor, she stayed in and played a total of 27 minutes. She captured six rebounds on the night and 3 assists, along with making six of her seven free throws.
After the first quarter, the Dream were facing an eight point deficit but a season-high 37 point second quarter, gave the Dream a 55-41 halftime lead.
Earlier in the year, she earned the 2014 WNBA All-Star Game Most Valuable Player honors after racking up 29 points in the game. She was selected in the first round of the 2014 WNBA Draft as the eighth pick overall by the Atlanta Dream. In the fourth quarter, the Dream’s lead was never less than 12 points.
Before she started her professional career, she played in college for Louisville, alongside her younger sister, Jude. She was a four year starter for the Cardinals and led the team to a championship in her junior year. Schimmel was named and All-American by the USBWA and Associated Press.
Schimmel was nominated for the AAU Sullivan Award last year for her outstanding athletic and academic accomplishment, along with her community service within the Native American community, where she frequently speaks at conferences and reservations around the nation with her sister.
The 2014 WNBA Playoffs will begin August 21st. The specific Playoff schedule will be released at a later date.
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