Schimmel Shines, Toliver Scores en Route to Player of the Week Honors
NEW YORK, August 18, 2014 Shoni Schimmel of the Atlanta Dream and Kristi Toliver of the Los Angeles Sparks were named the WNBAs Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played Aug. 11 through Aug. 17.
En route to earning the first Player of the Week honor of her career, Schimmel the MVP of Boost Mobile WNBA All-Star 2014 led the Eastern Conference in assists (4.7 apg) and ranked second in scoring (15.3 ppg). The University of Louisville product tied for sixth in the East in three-point field goal percentage (.375, 6-of-16) and contributed 3.3 rebounds per contest as Atlanta posted a 2-1 record for the week and improved to 19-15 overall. The Dream enters postseason play this week as the No 1 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs.
Schimmel, the Dream's first round draft pick this April, opened her week with a career-best 24 points to go along with six rebounds and three assists against the league-leading Phoenix Mercury on Aug. 13. That outing included a 20-point second quarter, the second largest scoring barrage in one quarter in WNBA history. She then registered 13 points and nine assists in a 92-76 win over Tulsa and closed the week with nine points, two assists, two boards, and a steal at Connecticut.
The rookie concluded her regular season averaging 3.6 apg and 8.3 ppg, third and sixth among rookies, respectively.
Toliver earned her first Player of the Week honor of the season and the second of her career after guiding the Sparks to a 2-1 record for the week as Los Angeles secured the fourth seed in the Western Conference playoffs.
The sixth-year pro ranked third among Western Conference players in scoring (18.7 ppg) and tied for fourth in assists (4.0 apg). She also placed second in three-point field goal percentage (.563, 9-of-16) and third in overall field goal percentage (.667, 22-of-33).
Toliver began her week with 29 points, five assists and three boards in a 71-63 road win over the Minnesota Lynx, the No. 2 team in the league. Her 20 second-half points in that game were a key factor in the win that locked up a playoff berth for Los Angeles. She then registered 20 points and six assists in a 77-65 win over the Seattle Storm.
The University of Maryland product finished the regular season averaging 11.8 ppg and 4.1 apg.
Other candidates for the WNBA Players of the Week were Chicagos Allie Quigley, Connecticuts Alex Bentley, Indianas Tamika Catchings in the Eastern Conference, and Minnesotas Maya Moore, Phoenixs Brittney Griner, San Antonios Danielle Adams and Jia Perkins, and Tulsas Odyssey Sims in the Western Conference.