The Las Vegas President of Basketball Operations and Head Coach Bill Laimbeer announced Tuesday that the Aces have signed three-year WNBA veteran Shoni Schimmel.
In response, Schimmel tweeted on Tuesday, "Viva Las Vegas!!!"
Schimmel is a three-year WNBA veteran and two-time WNBA All-Star who has played for the New York Liberty and Atlanta Dream. The Aces WNBA team calls Schimmel a jack-of-all-trades, as Schimmel brings “career averages of 6.7 points, 2.0 rebounds and 2.8 assists to the Aces, while connecting on 37.1 percent of her shots from beyond the arc.”
As described by Sam Gordon in the Las Vegas Review-Journal “The Aces signed Schimmel over the weekend, hoping she can alleviate some of their 3-point woes.”
Schimmel last played for the New York Liberty under the direction of now Aces coach Bill Laimbeer in 2016.
“It feels great just to get back into the WNBA to be around fellow faces and fellow coaches,” Schimmel said to the Review-Journal. “I played for Bill before, and it’s been great just to come back and get familiar with him again and relearn everything.”
Schimmel has said publicly she needed to take some time off for herself to recover from a concussion and to spend time with her grandmother who was ill. Her grandmother died in November.
As a rookie, Schimmel was named MVP of the 2014 All-Star Game after scoring 29 points and giving eight assists.
Schimmel was a three-time, First-Team All-Conference college player at Louisville. Schimmel led the Cardinals in scoring and assists in each of her final three seasons. She finished her college career ranked sixth in NCAA history with 387 three-pointers.
When Schimmel played for the Atlanta Dream during her 2014 season, her No. 23 Atlanta Dream jersey became a viral sensation due to her popularity in the Native American community and was the top seller among all the WNBA players.
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