Shoni scores 13 points and leads team with 6 assists
UNCASVILLE, CONNECTICUT— Atlanta Dream guard Shoni Schimmel donned an Eastern Conference jersey and brought her “Rez Ball” style of play Saturday afternoon in the 2015 WNBA Boost All-Star Game played at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. The Western Conference won 117-112 over the Eastern Conference.
A 5’9” guard, Schimmel scored 13 points and had a team-high six assists. Schimmel shot 5-of-14 from the field, including 3-of-10 from 3-point range. She played 25:39 of game time in her second consecutive start in an all-star game.
Schimmel, who is a tribal citizen of the Confederated Tribes of Umatilla, is a “rock star” among American Indians. The former Louisville Cardinal is in her second year of her professional basketball career.
She is also popular among non-Natives for her skills. Schimmel, who was the most valuable player of the 2014 WNBA All-Star Game, was second among all Eastern Conference guards with 8,881 votes in online voting among fans, which ranked sixth amongst WNBA players overall.
“I just play my own game, and for me to do that, it’s fun,” Schimmel told the media after the game. “To go out there and play with the best of the best, they might catch (unique passes), they might not. But everybody else sees it. It’s fun.”
“Just going out there and having fun – that’s what it’s all about,” Schimmel said. “Honestly, everything just comes to me and I’m not even thinking about it.”
Schimmel’s single-game scoring record of 29 points from last year’s WNBA All-Star Game was bested by Maya Moore of the Minnesota Lynx who scored 30 points and was named this year’s Most Valuable Player.