Shoni Schimmel Named All-Star Game MVP
ATLANTA, July 19, 2014 – Atlanta Dream rookie guard Shoni Schimmel was named the Most Valuable Player of the WNBA All-Star Game on Sunday, scoring an All-Star game record 29 points with eight assists while leading the East to a 125-124 overtime victory over the West.
Schimmel was one of three Dream players in the East’s starting lineup, as Angel McCoughtry totaled 13 points and seven rebounds, while Erika de Souza added eight points and four rebounds in limited minutes.
Schimmel scored 24 of her points during the second half and overtime to break the All-Star game record of 23 points set by Candace Parker last season. She attempted a whopping 16 three-pointers, sinking seven.
“It was awesome, just to be able to go out there and play my game, have fun,” said Schimmel, “feel free to go out there and play ‘rez ball.”
The Dream’s trio of players, who were coached by Dream head coach Michael Cooper, combined to sink 21-of-41 field goals, combining to score 40 percent (50 points) of the East’s 125 points.
Schimmel is the first Dream player ever to earn All-Star game MVP honors.
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 five seasons, including conference titles in 2013, 2011 and 2010. Season tickets and single-game tickets for the 2014 season can be purchased by calling (877) 977-7729 or visiting www.AtlantaDream.net. The next home game is scheduled for Friday, July 25, against the Chicago Sky at 7:30 p.m. The complete 2014 schedule can be found at www.wnba.com/dream/schedule.