Umatilla Shoni Schimmel Makes WNBA All-Star Roster in Rookie Season

Shoni Schimmel (Photo by        Patti Tanewasha).

Shoni Schimmel (Photo by Patti Tanewasha).

The WNBA All-Star game will be nationally broadcast on ESPN, Saturday, July 19, at 3:30 p.m. ET from Phoenix, Arizona.

ATLANTA –  Atlanta Dream guard Shoni Schimmel (Umatilla) was named to the 2014 Boost Mobile WNBA All-Star game as a starter for the East squad.

The WNBA All-Star game will be nationally broadcast on ESPN, Saturday, July 19, at 3:30 p.m. ET from Phoenix, Arizona. Schimmel will be joined as a starter with her former Louisville Cardinals and current Atlanta Dream teammate Angel McCoughtry.

The starting lineups were determined by fan voting, with Schimmel leading all East guards with 25, 601 votes, which third among all WNBA players overall.

Schimmel burst into the season, setting a WNBA record for most assists in her first four games in the league with 37. She entered Tuesday night’s game ranked 15th in the WNBA in assists (3.9) and eighth among rookies in scoring (8.1). She has posted seven double-figure scoring games this season, and leads the Dream with 25 three-point baskets.

Joining McCoughtry and Schimmel in the East starting lineup will be Delle Donne, Indiana Fever forward Tamika Catchings (13,939 votes) and New York Liberty guard Cappie Pondexter (10,104).

The East squad will also feature the Dream coaching staff by virtue of the Dream posting the East’s best record through games played June 29. Head coach Michael Cooper will be joined by Assistant Coaches Karleen Thompson and Teresa Edwards, as well as Head Athletic Trainer Michael Douglas. Minnesota’s Cheryl Reeve will head the West coaching staff after leading her team to the WNBA Championship last season.

The Western Conference starters will include Minnesota Lynx forward Maya Moore, who topped all players with 28,389 votes, Los Angeles Sparks center Candace Parker (23,555) and Phoenix Mercury center Brittney Griner (18,432) in the frontcourt, while Mercury guard Diana Taurasi (19,404) and Tulsa Shock guard Skylar Diggins (17,937) while comprise the backcourt.

The 12 WNBA head coaches will select the reserves, while will be announced Tuesday, July 15, during ESPN2’s nationally-televised game between the Sparks and Fever. Replacement players for injured players will be named by WNBA President Laurel Richie.

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