Shoni Schimmel: Sharing and Daring

MAY 19, 2014 -- If there's one thing Shoni Schimmel isn't feeling right now, it's fear.

The rookie guard has found herself far from her home, friends, and family on the Umatilla reservation in Eastern Oregon, where Schimmel grew up, and the University of Louisville, where she starred in college. And although Schimmel hasn't been in Atlanta for long, the electrifying guard has already made a mark.

The former Louisville star made her WNBA debut this past weekend with seven points and 11 assists, followed by a road performance in Indiana with 17 points and 10 assists, tying the record for most assists (21) in her first two WNBA games. (Suzie McConnell Serio set the record in 1998.)

But that wasn't all Schimmel was up to. During her first week in Atlanta, Shoni met up with NBA TV's Kristen Ledlow to talk about the adjustment to her new city, what it's like to be away from her very tight-knit family, and her legions of fans and followers on NBA Inside Stuff.

Ledlow wasn't the only one to hop on the "Showtime Shoni" train. ESPN personality and Atlanta Dream analyst LaChina Robinson took notice:

But we can't say that Shoni doesn't still have a lot to learn in her professional career. Dream coach Michael Cooper told The Indianapolis Star of her game-tying (while probably not advised) 3-pointer: "Im giving her a little leeway... You dont stop a great player like that because you just let her make it happen. Now, had we lost, Id probably be saying something different.

But there's no doubt that fearless Shoni Schimmel is a huge asset to this Dream team, upping their chances of a title this year by just that much more.

More

Video

Postgame: Griner and Taurasi

Brittney Griner and Diana Taurasi speak postgame after the Mercury beat the Lynx in Game 3 to advance to the WNBA Finals.

Postgame: Whalen and Augustus

Lindsay Whalen and Seimone Augustus talk postgame after the Lynx lose to the Mercury in Game 3 of the Western Conference finals.

Postgame: Cheryl Reeve

Lynx head coach Cheryl Reeve talks postgame after Minnesota falls to the Mercury in Game 3.

Postgame: Sandy Brondello

Mercury head coach Sandy Brondello speaks postgame as Phoenix advances to the WNBA Finals after defeating the Lynx in Game 3.

Western Champs Trophy Presentation

The Phoenix Mercury are presented with the 2014 Western Conference champion trophy after defeating the Lynx to advance to the WNBA Finals.