Official press release from WNBA.com
ATLANTA, Jan. 18, 2015 — The Atlanta Dream announced today that it will host the 2015 Atlanta Dream Classic at KFC Yum! Center on May 23 in Louisville, Ky., to open its preseason schedule. The event, which will feature a doubleheader of WNBA preseason contests, will be highlighted by the return to Louisville of current Dream stars Angel McCoughtry and Shoni Schimmel. Both players earned All-American honors while leading the Cardinals to appearances in the National Championship Game.
Not only is Shoni Schimmel a starter for the East in the WNBA All-Star game (along with Angel McCoughtry), but her jersey is also the top-selling jersey so far in the entire league. Pretty impressive for a rookie who just got to the league! Not only that, but the Atlanta Dream are at the top of the list with the most popular team merchandise.
TOP 10 MOST POPULAR PLAYER JERSEYS:
1. Shoni Schimmel, Atlanta Dream
2. Skylar Diggins, Tulsa Shock
3. Elena Delle Donne, Chicago Sky
4. Maya Moore, Minnesota Lynx
5. Candace Parker, Los Angeles Sparks
6. Brittney Griner, Phoenix Mercury
7. Diana Taurasi, Phoenix Mercury
8. Stefanie Dolson, Washington Mystics
9. Kayla McBride, San Antonio Stars
10. Bria Hartley, Washington Mystics
TOP 5 MOST POPULAR TEAM MERCHANDISE:
1. Atlanta Dream
2. Tulsa Shock
3. Minnesota Lynx
4. Phoenix Mercury
5. Chicago Sky
Former Louisville Cardinal Angel McCoughtry is nominated for an ESPY once again, and you have the chance to vote and help her win. She is nominated for “Best WNBA Player” along with Elena Delle Donne, Maya Moore, and Candace Parker.
The ESPY’s will take place on Wednesday July 16 at 9 pm ET on ESPN.
If there is one WNBA team that the city of Louisville can follow and root for, it’s definitely the Atlanta Dream. After all, they do have two of the best UofL women’s basketball players of all time on their team: Angel McCoughtry and now Shoni Schimmel. In the season opener Friday night, they led the Dream to a 79-75 win over the San Antonio Stars.
In her WNBA debut, Schimmel had a very good game with 7 points, 11 assists, 3 rebounds, and 2 steals in 30 minutes played. She was in for crunch time too. Very big night for the future Rookie of the Year (why not?).
McCoughtry was her usual self as she scored 21 points and also had 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Just par for the course for the two-time WNBA scoring champion.
For a full recap of the game, check out this post from WNBA.com.