Atlanta Dream’s Shoni Schimmel Scores 24 Points as Team Clinches No. 1 Seed in Eastern Conference

Shoni drives for success!

Shoni drives for success!

Dream wraps up East’s top spot with win against Western Conference leader Phoenix

PHOENIX —Atlanta Dream rookie Shoni Schimmel, the pride of Indian Country, scored a season high 24 points on Wednesday evening against the Phoenix Mercury in a 96-82 victory as her team clinched the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference for the 2014 WNBA Playoffs.

It marks the first time in team history that the Dream has earned the East’s top seed for the playoffs.

Atlanta improved its record to 18-14 with the win against Phoenix, which entered the contest with a WNBA-best record of 27-4 and has clinched home-court advantage throughout the playoffs. The Dream is now 12-4 in home games this season, one win shy of the franchise record for home victories in a season.

“It is a blur, thinking about it,” said Schimmel, a citizen of the Confederated Tribe of Umatilla, “I looked up and saw I had 20 and I was like, ‘what?’ I don’t even remember it all. I was just out there having fun. It happened to work out that way.”

Schimmel plays well at the US Airways Center in Phoenix.

While Wednesday’s game marked a season high for Schimmel during the regular season, on July 19, 2014, she scored 29 points in the WBNA All-Star Game, which won her the MVP honor.

The Dream will open the playoffs at Philips Arena on either Thursday, Aug. 21, or Friday, Aug. 22. Atlanta Dream playoff tickets are available for purchase by calling 877-977-7729 or visitingwww.AtlantaDream.net.

For more information and updates on pep rallies, ticket offers, the team’s playoff schedule and more, visit www.AtlantaDream.net.

The 2014 WNBA playoffs presented by Boost Mobile tip off Thursday, August 21. The Conference Semifinals and the Conference Finals are each best-of-three series. Series are played in a 1-1-1 format, with the team with home-court advantage (better record) hosting games 1 and 3, and their opponents hosting Game 2.

The WNBA Finals is a best-of-five series played in a 2-2-1 format, with the team with home-court advantage hosting Games 1, 2 and 5, while its opponent hosts Games 3 and 4.

The three-time Eastern Conference Champion Atlanta Dream is in its seventh season in the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA). The Dream has qualified for the playoffs in each of the past six seasons, including conference titles in 2013, 2011 and 2010.

Playoff packages and single-game tickets for the 2014 season, as well as 2015 season tickets, can be purchased by calling (877) 977-7729 or visiting www.AtlantaDream.net. The next home game is scheduled for Friday, Aug. 15, against the Tulsa Shock at 7:30 p.m. ET. The complete 2014 schedule can be found at www.wnba.com/dream/schedule.

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