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Schumacher enters her sixth pro season in 2005, all with the Indiana Fever…she has appeared in more games (159) than any player in Fever history, and is second among Fever career leaders in blocked shots (131)…she has become one of the Fever’s most valuable contributors, with her shot-blocking ability on defense and the ability to stretch defenses by taking opposing centers outside…she has shot 14-39 (.359) from 3-point range for her career…she made seven starts through her first three seasons, but has started at least seven games and logged more than 500 minutes in each of her past two campaigns.

PRO-WNBA
2005: Schumacher appeared in all 34 games, with an average of 4.0 points and 2.0 rebounds per game…the Fever's starting power forward through the first 14 games of the season, she averaged 5.7 ppg and 2.9 rpg while a starter…she came off the bench in the 20 games after the All-Star break…she scored in double figures in two of the first four games of the season, and in four games as a starter…in her best game off the bench, she had 11 points vs. San Antonio, 7/21…that was her only game of double figures as a reserve…against the Silver Stars, she made all five field goal attempts, the most FG without a miss by any Fever player in 2005…on the season, she shot a career-low 42.0 percent from the floor…in an early five-game span from 6/10 to 6/24, she shot 20-35 FG (.571), averaged 8.4 ppg and scored in double figures twice…in the first game of that five-game stretch, she scored a season-best 12 points on 6-8 FG vs. New York, 6/10…in that game, she scored 10 of the team's first 16 points, during the first eight minutes…she averaged 2.0 rpg for the season and collected a season-high five boards on four separate occasions…leading the team in blocked shots for the first time since her rookie season (2001), she had 24 blocked shots…she had 17 blocked shots during her 14 starts…she had multiple blocked shots six times…shooting 80+ percent from the foul line for the third time in five seasons, she was third on the team with 81.0 percent. 2004: Schumacher was perhaps the Fever’s most consistent player while appearing in 32 games and starting each of seven games during September…she established career-bests for scoring and rebounding…she averaged 10.7 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game during September…she scored in double digits in four of those seven September games…she had eight double-figure games over the season’s final two months to match her previous career total…she scored in double digits nine times overall…for the season, she averaged 7.0 ppg, 3.3 rpg and 1.0 bpg…she was second on the team with 31 blocks…she scored in 15 consecutive games to end the season, marking the longest such streak of her career…she earned a spot in the starting lineup late in July, but was injured (sprained right ankle) in practice on the same day she was named as a starter…she missed the final two games of July…her season scoring high was a 17-point effort at Washington, 7/1…she had her first start and a 16-point game at Washington, 9/1, while shooting 8-12 FG and adding four rebounds and three blocks…two nights later, she missed the first double-double of her career by one rebound, finishing with 13 points, nine rebounds and three steals in a win at Minnesota, 9/3…for the season, she shot 46.9 percent overall, and was 5-13 3-pt FG (.385)…she played a career-high 39 minutes during an overtime game played at Radio City Music Hall in New York, 9/16. 2003: Played in all 34 games, starting just one – the Fever’s season opener at Charlotte, 5/29…she averaged 5.6 ppg, 2.9 rpg and 0.7 bpg…she erupted for a career highs of 22 points and nine rebounds in an 81-57 win over San Antonio, 7/23 – narrowly missing the first double-double of her career…in the win over San Antonio, she shot 7-9 from the floor including both 3-pt FGA, and made six of seven free throws…her points, field goals, 3-pt field goals and free throws all were career highs in that game…she twice scored a pair of 3-pt FGs – at Los Angeles, 6/12 and vs. San Antonio, 7/23…she scored in double figures five times…she posted a career-high three steals in the season opener at Charlotte, 5/29…she shot 49.0 percent from the floor for the season. 2002: Played in 31 of 32 games, starting once, and posting averages of 3.5 ppg and 1.2 rpg...she saved the best game of her career for the most important game in Fever history – helping the Fever to a win at Cleveland, 8/13, that sent the team to its first playoff appearance...in her first start of the season, she recorded career-highs of 15 points (6-10 FG), nine rebounds and three assists, to go along with two blocked shots, in a career-best 33 minutes against the Rockers...her last two points of the game broke a 56-56 tie and proved to be the game-winning points...it was her second game of the season with 10+ points and the first time she ever led the Fever in scoring...she hit for 11 points at Seattle, 6/21, on 5-5 FG shooting, the most field goals made without a miss by any Fever player in 2002...she finished the season hitting 45-89 FG for a team-leading 50.6 percent...her nine boards in the finale at Cleveland marked the fourth time in her career she led the team in rebounding...her career-high 33 minutes vs. the Rockers, 8/13, was more than she had played in the previous four games combined. 2001: She averaged 4.2 ppg and 2.5 rpg during her rookie season...she led the team with 29 blocked shots (1.04 bpg)...she played a season-high 28 minutes vs. Phoenix, 7/1...she tied a career-high in blocked shots (four) and hauled in a season-high eight rebounds vs. Portland, 6/27...scoring a season-high 10 points, she grabbed seven rebounds at Detroit, 6/23...she recorded a career-high four blocked shots in her third start of the season vs. Detroit, 6/22...in her first WNBA start, she scored eight points and grabbed five rebounds in 24 minutes in Cleveland, 6/9…she wore uniform No. 20 during her WNBA rookie season.

PLAYOFFS
2005: Schumacher appeared in all four Fever playoff games, averaging 5.0 ppg and 2.0 rpg in 10.5 mpg…her top scoring game was a 12-point performance, on 6-of-11 shooting, in an Eastern Conference Finals loss to Connecticut, 9/8…she had three blocks and six points in a playoff win over New York, 9/1, to help secure the first playoff series victory in Fever history…she came off the bench to pace the Fever with four blocked shots in the playoffs…her playoff rebounding high was three, in Game 1 vs. both New York, 8/30, and Connecticut, 9/8. 2002: Second on the team, she averaged 10.7 ppg in thee postseason games against the Liberty...in those three games, she shot 13-20 FG (.650)...she had 17 points in Game 2 at New York, 8/18, hitting 6-9 FG, 2-2 3-pt FG and 3-5 FTs...that was the most points scored off the bench by any Fever player in 2002, playoffs or regular season...her pair of 3-pt FG in Game 2 were the only 3-pt FG she hit all season…she posted her playoff-high four rebounds in two different games.

PRO/OVERSEAS:
2005-06: Schumacher plays in Spain for Perfumerias Avenida. 2004-05: Split her WNBA offseason between playing stints in China and Europe. 2003-04: Played for Erdemirspor in Zonguldak, Turkey, averaging 12.8 points and 8.2 rebounds in the FIBA Europe Cup. 2001-02: Played a season in the Women’s Korean Basketball League prior to the 2002 WNBA campaign.

INTERNATIONAL:
2000: Following her junior season at Connecticut, she competed with USA Basketball as a member of the gold-medal winning Jones Cup Team that compiled a 4-0 record in Taipei, Taiwan...she averaged a third-best 9.8 ppg and tied for a team-high 7.3 rpg...she recorded 24 points and nine rebounds vs. Japan, eight rebounds vs. Republic of China and 11 rebounds vs. South Korea.

COLLEGE:
She finished her career at Connecticut ranked third all-time in career blocked shots with 181 and helped the Huskies to the 2000 NCAA National Championship. 2000-01: As a senior, she played in 29 games, starting 14 and averaging 16.9 mpg...she shot 75-143 (.524) from the floor and 30-39 (.769) at the foul line...she led her team in blocks with 41, including a season-high six vs. St. John’s, 2/23...averaging 4.3 rpg, she grabbed a career-high 17 rebounds to go with 12 points as she recorded her first double-double of the season in UConn’s NCAA semifinal game vs. Notre Dame...she also played a career-high 31 minutes in the semifinal loss to the Irish...she scored in double figures in five contests...she suffered a stress fracture in her right foot at midseason, missing six games. 1999-00: As a junior at UConn, she played in all 37 games, starting 15, and averaging 5.0 ppg, 3.8 rpg and 1.76 bpg...she led team in blocks with 65...she blocked a career-high nine shots vs. Tennessee in the NCAA National Championship game, setting an NCAA Final Four record and earning Nike Player of the Game honors. 1998-99: As a sophomore, she played in 31 games, with her first collegiate start coming against Boston College, 1/23...she led the team in blocks with 37, including 25 in Big East games...she averaged 5.5 ppg and 4.2 rpg, shooting 63-113 (.558) from the field...she scored a season-high 18 points and had nine rebounds in only 20 minutes vs. Providence, 2/17...she spent the summer of 1998 touring Europe with the Big East/Nike All-Star Team, averaging 10.0 ppg and 5.8 rpg. 1997-98: In her freshman year, she emerged as one of UConn’s top reserves, seeing action in all but two of the Huskies’ 37 games...she averaged 11.6 mpg, contributing 5.1 ppg, 2.9 rpg and 1.1 bpg.


Personal

Her nickname is Schu or Schuey...she earned the WNBA’s Community Assist Award for her community service during the 2002-03 offseason…if she could play one-on-one with any NBA player it would be Michael Jordan...raised in Canada and born in Cincinnati, Ohio, she lists both Quyon, Canada and Cincinnati as her hometowns...her secondary education in Canada was split between Pontiac High School and John Abbott College...at John Abbott, she was named the Canadian College Athletic Association Player of the Year after leading her team to provincial and national championships in 1996 and 1997...she also was named All-Canada, MVP of her team and the John Abbott Women’s Athlete of the Year as a senior while averaging 20.8 ppg, 13.4 rpg, 6.1 bpg, and a .652 shooting percentage from the field...she was John Abbott’s rookie of the year while averaging 14.0 ppg, 12.0 rpg and 6.0 bpg as a junior...was voted MVP in basketball, volleyball and soccer at Pontiac High School…she was a communications science major at Connecticut who lists her favorite on-court moment as winning the 2000 NCAA National Championship...the coach who has inspired her the most is UConn Assistant Coach Jamelle Elliott...she lists her defining moment in her life as WNBA Draft Day 2001.

Career Transactions

Selected by Indiana in first round (14th overall) of the WNBA Draft, April 20, 2001. ...Traded by Indiana with the 12th overall pick in the 2006 WNBA Draft to New York for the ninth pick.

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