Shoni Schimmel Drafted to the WNBA

On Monday, April 14, 2014 history was made as Shoni Schimmel became the highest drafted Native woman ever in the 2014 Woman’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) Draft. Shoni, picked up in the eight spot of the first round by the Atlanta Dream, is also now the third Native woman to enter the WNBA, following Tahnee Robinson and Angel Goodrich.

Shoni and her younger sister Jude have gained a huge following as star players on the University of Louisville women’s basketball team. The sisters hail from the Confederated Tribes of Umatilla Reservation in Oregon and helped the lead Louisville Cardinals to an impressive 35-5 record in the 2013-2014 season. Their 2014 NCAA tournament run was cut short, losing to the University of Maryland Terrapins in the Elite Eight. In her last year as a Cardinal, Shoni had great season statistics including scoring an average of 17.1 points per game and leading the team with 3.8 assists per game. She has also made school history, currently ranking second in all time points scored and first in 3-pointers.

Shoni joins the ranks of the most talented female basketball players in the country. When asked about how she felt about being drafted she said, “It’s definitely a blessing to be able to be in the WNBA…I definitely think I can bring a little flavor to the league.” Be sure to check out Shoni on the court this fall in Atlanta. Congratulations, Shoni!

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