Twenty-Fourteen is over but, there’s no reason we can’t take a quick moment to reflect on what a great year it was for one of the WNBA’s brightest new stars: Shoni Schimmel.
Schimmel had a tremendous year. She was selected as the 8th overall pick to the Atlanta Dream in the 2014 WNBA Draft (the highest any Native American woman has ever been drafted); as a rookie, she was crowned MVP of the WNBA All-Star game; and was ranked one of the most popular WNBA players, wearing the league's top-selling jersey.
At the end of the year, her accolades continued to roll in. The WNBA listed it’s Top 10 Plays of 2014, and Schimmel came in at No. 4 with a one-handed layup over Brittney Griner in the All-Star Game. Schimmel scored 29 points. She earned "Assist of the Year" and "Photo of the Year" mentions from the Dream.
And,on December 25, SportsCenter announced its Top 50 plays of 2014. Schimmel earned the No. 40 spot on the network’s annual list. On Twitter, she was congratulated by her fans. Cathe Dykstra said, "No. 40 of SportsCenter's top 50 for 2014 is Shoni @schimmel23 getting her dunk on! #L1C4#AtlantaDream#UofL." Schimmel's sister, Jude, a point guard at the University of Louisville, retweeted this:
Jude, left, and Shoni Schimmel, on Shoni's WNBA draft day.
This is not the first time that Schimmel's been on the network's list. Her "And 1" reverse layup over Brittney Griner made it to #11 on Sportscenter's Top 50 Plays of 2013.
Take a look back at Schimmel’s top 10 plays of 2014, courtesy WNBA.