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Rookie Phenom Shoni Schimmel Will Start in WNBA All-Star Game


What are you doing on July 19?

If you’re not busy, you might want to drive, fly, walk or crawl (kidding) to Phoenix, Arizona to catch Shoni Schimmel play in her first WNBA All-Star Game.

According to the Courier-Journal, Schimmel, who was the only rookie chosen to start, received the most votes of any Eastern conference guard and the third-most of any player in the league with 25,601 votes. Maya Moore of the Minnesota Lynx received 28,389 votes and Elena Delle Donne of the Chicago Sky received 26,129 votes.

Schimmel also got more votes than some of the biggest names in the WNBA, including Candace Parker, Brittney Griner, Skylar Diggins and Diana Taurasi, and she'll start the All-Star game even though she's started only two of 18 games for the Dream, the paper reported.

"For the fans to go out and vote, I definitely have to give it to them. For them to have my back and sit there and vote for me every day is just something they took pride in," Schimmel told the Associated Press. "They obviously want to see me in the game, so for them to do that means a lot to me." 

The WNBA All-Star Game will take place at US Airways Center in Phoenix on Saturday, July 19, and will be televised on ESPN, with tip-off at 3:30 p.m. ET (12:30 p.m. PT).

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Submitted by bullbear on
Come to Phoenix and experience the U.S. Airways Center (where the Phx Suns play) which gives you the feeling that you are right on top of all the action. It is a great facility! And by coming to the Valley of the Sun on July 19th when the temperature will be working its way to 108 degrees, you will show that you are a true Shoni fan. Remember, its a dry heat. Speaking of heat, the Phoenix Mercury has won eight straight games and sends its center Brittney Griner to the All Star game having set a new single game 11-block shot record on June 29th. Don't miss the NCAA rematch of these WNBA All Star starters, Louisville's Shoni Schimmel vs Baylor's Brittney Griner. "Somebody bring me a HOTdog !!"

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Submitted by boujoie on
Yo! My dad's middle name was "Shimmel". We don't have any validation, but we're guessing Shoni and he were cousins. Dad was a point guard on the Michigan All-State basketball team. When he lost his leg in WWII, he put his athleticism to good use and founded the National Amputee Golf Assn. His efforts gave many a place to go to compete -- in golf and wild stories