Just when you thought the WNBA couldn’t lose any more credibility they released the 2014 All-Rookie Team today:
2014 WNBA ALL-ROOKIE TEAM
|Chiney Ogwumike||Connecticut Sun||Forward||11|
|Odyssey Sims||Tulsa Shock||Guard||11|
|Kayla McBride||San Antonio Stars||Guard/Forward||11|
|Bria Hartley||Washington Mystics||Guard||9|
|Alyssa Thomas||Connecticut Sun||Forward||7|
Yep, there is one glaring omission….Showtime Shoni Schimmel. (say that 3 times real fast) She set the WNBA on fire this season with her razzle dazzle passes and clutch shooting. I believe she will be on the first team all WNBA in no time if she improves and keeps up the good work. We were extremely proud of you this year Shoni! Go Cards!
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
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.
The WNBA Draft was held Monday night in Uncasville, Connecticut and three Louisville Cardinals were among the 36 players drafted. Shoni Schimmel was picked 8th overall by the Atlanta Dream, which means that she will be on the same team as Angel McCoughtry. If there was ever a WNBA team for the city of Louisville to get behind, I think we have found one in Atlanta.
Just when it looked like Shoni may be the only Card to get drafted, the last two picks were all Louisville. At pick #35, the Los Angeles Sparks drafted Antonita Slaughter. Then to finish the draft with pick #36, the Minnesota Lynx picked up Asia Taylor.
Louisville was the only school to have 3 players get drafted on Monday night.
This is the Cardinal week in review 4/14/14:
First off, this is the first week without 55 in several months but we had a ton of news. We did see our first edition of 4YourInfo by Daryl though. From TrezL to the road sweep of then #7 Houston, here is the week in review.
MontrezL HarreLL has decided to come back for his Junior year. That makes us happy. Wayne Blackshear wiLL NOT leave and both wiLL be captains for next season. I beLieve once Chris announces his intentions that he wiLL aLso be named captain. Here’s every dunk from trezL this year…P.S. I know aLL the L’s don’t need to be capitaLized but who’s gonna stop meL?
Read what Steve had to say here
Tonight at 8pm on ESPN2, then from 9-10:30 on ESPNU the 2014 WNBA Draft will be held. Shoni Schimmel was one of only 12 people to be invited to the draft meaning she should be a first rounder. All Seniors from this class are eligible for the draft.
Press release from UofL:
Louisville, Ky. - Louisville All-American Shoni Schimmel is one of 12 prospects who will attend the WNBA Draft 2014 presented by State Farm, which will be held on Monday, April 14, at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. Live coverage of the first round will begin on ESPN2 at 8 p.m. ET. Coverage of the second and third rounds will be televised on ESPNU from 9-10:30 p.m.
Joining Schimmel is Baylor’s Odyessey Sims, Stanford’s Chiney Ogwumike, Connecticut’s Stefanie Dolson and Bria Hartley, and Notre Dames’s Natalie Achonwa and guard Kayla McBride. Rounding out the list players are guards Chelsea Gray (Duke), and Meighan Simmons (Tennessee); forwards Natasha Howard (Florida State) and Alyssa Thomas (Maryland); and center Markeisha Gatling (North Carolina State).
The Connecticut Sun holds the top pick in the draft for the second time in franchise history after garnering the top selection in this year’s WNBA Draft Lottery presented by State Farm, which aired on ESPN’s SportsCenter in December. Rounding out this year’s top five picks are the Tulsa Shock (second), San Antonio Stars (third), New York Liberty (fourth), and Indiana Fever (fifth).
This week…..on 55…..
We talk Season Finale. Great season by Shoni as the Women’s Basketball run came to an end. Another era ended. We asked you what your Top 25 moments were of this season and you tweeted them to us. In a 2 week time frame that has felt like the worst time frame in our lives, was there a bright spot? Were there 2? Were there 3? (Shoni may agree) The Year Of The Cardinal may have some to an end but it’s not the end. It also wasn’t the only streak that ended this weekend. So here we go, here are the 55 most ridiculous things I have heard, had to debate, or just thought about this past week. This …..is the season finale of……55.
Here we go……….
1) On Tuesday night, the amazing career of Shoni Schimmel and the unforgettable season of the University of Louisville Women’s basketball team came to an end when they lost to Maryland 76-73 at home in the KFC YUM! Center. Shoni scored 31 points and added 5 steals and 4 assists while playing the entire 40 minutes. After a slow start to the 2nd half, Shoni erupted with back to back 3′s in the final 30 seconds and had a chance to tie it with one of the best drawn up and executed plays I have seen in my life. It didn’t go in. Asia Taylor added 12 points, 6 assists and 8 rebounds. Antonita Slaughter scored 16. Thank you Seniors for the great ride and thank you Shoni as I am sure that your jersey will hang from the rafters one day, and this next picture that I’ve used several times this season will forever remind CardNation of what you are all about.
3) If only there was something Shoni could do within those next few days to lift her spirits and the spirits of CardNation…..
4) Oh Yeah
6) Shoni beat all of the ladies to win the women’s title, then beat men’s winner Brady Heslip to win the overall championship. Great day had by all…well except Oddysey
8) As @Slaughter_4 said……You mad?
10) Moving forward
11) On Thursday I asked you guys to send me your 2013-14 moment of the year so I could include them in this season finale. I got a lot of responses and I can’t include the duplicates but here are your top moments of the year.
Press release from UofL:
Louisville, Ky. - University of Louisville’s Shoni Schimmel will compete in the State Farm College 3-Point Championship on Thursday in Moody Coliseum on Southern Methodist University’s campus in Dallas, Intersport announced today.
The 26th annual event, which begins at 9 p.m. ET, airs live on ESPN and consists of the Quicken Loans Men’s 3-Point Championship, the Buick Women’s 3-Point Championship, Echo Battle of Champions, and the Denny’s Slam Dunk Championship. The broadcast team for the event is Brad Nessler, Dan Dakich and Kaylee Hartung.
Schimmel, a 2014 All-American, holds the school record for career 3-pointers with 387 in her four seasons at Louisville. She also set the school record, knocking down 118 treys in her senior season. Schimmel also owns the school record for threes in a game, connecting on nine against Memphis this season. Schimmel finished the year leading the team in 3-point field goal percentage at 37.6. She finished her career at Louisville hitting 34.4 percent from behind the arc.
Friday wasn’t a great day for CardNation but today was a great day. Besides Shoni Schimmel being named a USBWA All-American, Russ Smith was named a consensus Ap All-American and also a Wooden watch list All-American. Russ Smith was our first 1st team All-American since Clifford Rozier in 1994. Congrats to a Hall of Fame career by Russdiculous & Shoni Schimmel. #RUSSpect #Shoni’sWorld
This week…..on 55…..
As we come down to the last few episodes of 55, it’s only fitting that the end of the basketball season is near too. I just wish there was something to talk about. Oh yeah…we get uk again! So in the spirit of revenge on those we despise more than Digger Phelps (I may have went too far) here are the 55 most ridiculous things I have heard, had to debate, or just thought about this past week. This …..is….55.
1) On Thursday night we opened up our defense of the National Championship with a tough game vs the Manhattan Jaspers, coached by former Louisville asst coach Steve Masiello. I like to believe we played the basketball version of a game called chess. Rick didn’t want to embarrass Mass so we played tit-for-tat (lol) and won the game when we needed to. Played smothering defense as well.
3) Well that had the opposite effect than I intended
4) Nevertheless, we move onto our next conquest which are the mighty Billikens of Saint Louis. Top 10 team at times this year, former conference foes…what could scare us about the Billikens?
6) Oh yeah..That was creepy….in more ways then one
7) I digress
Press release from UofL:
Senior guard Shoni Schimmel named a second team All-American by ESPNW. Schimmel was one of the 10 players named on the two teams. Eight of the 10 selections are seniors, which also includes two sophomores. Connecticut led the way with three honorees; Notre Dame was represented by two players.
This season Schimmel is leading the Cardinals in scoring with 17.0 points per game. She also leads the Cardinals in assists with 3.8 per game. She recently became just the second player in school history to score 2,000 career points along with former standout Angel McCoughtry. She currently ranks second on Louisville’s all-time scoring list with 2,088 points. Schimmel also has dished out 578 assists and pulled down 529 rebounds.
Schimmel was named a first team All-American Athletic Conference and earned all-tournament honors. She was also named a Naismith semifinalist and named to the Wooden ballot. She is also named to the Wade List.
Here is the updated Women’s AP poll updated as of 3/10/14:
|AP Top 25|
|16||North Carolina State||25-7||374|
- Others receiving votes: USC 48, Chattanooga 45, Oregon State 35, Brigham Young 15, Rutgers 11, Arizona State 9, UTEP 5, James Madison 3, Marist 3, St. John’s 2, LSU 2
- Dropped from rankings: Rutgers 24
Here is the video of the Senior Day festivities for the Men’s team for those of you that didn’t get to see it or want to see it again. Enjoy!
Here’s the Women’s:
*Video Courtesy of UofL
Press release from TheAmerican.org
UNCASVILLE, Conn. – The American Athletic Conference announced its annual women’s basketball awards to cap the 2013-14 season and kick off the American Women’s Basketball Championship in Uncasville, Conn., March 7-10.
The All-Conference First Team spans student-athletes from six schools and is highlighted by five players who were unanimous first team selections: Stefanie Dolson (UConn), Bria Hartley (UConn), Breanna Stewart (UConn), Shoni Schimmel (Louisville) and Keena Mays (SMU).
UConn senior Stefanie Dolson earned American Defensive Player of the Year honors while Louisville senior Asia Taylor was chosen as the American Most Improved Player of the Year. Dolson and Louisville redshirt senior Tia Gibbs shared American Sportsmanship Award accolades and Temple junior Rateska Brown was tabbed the American Sixth Player of the Year.
Press release from UofL:
The third ranked Cardinals will host top ranked Connecticut in the KFC Yum! Center on Monday night at 7:00 p.m. The game is part of ESPN’s Big Monday and will air on ESPN2. It can also be heard live on the Cards Radio with Matt Andrews and Adrienne Johnson, carried locally on WKRD 790 AM.
The Cardinals enter the game with an overall record of 28-2 and a league record of 16-1. Tia Gibbs scored 17 points as the Cardinals beat the Bearcats 75-51 Saturday in Fifth Third Arena. Antonita Slaughter added 14 points, Asia Taylor finished with 12 and Shoni Schimmel scored 10, helping keep alive Louisville’s bid for a share of the American Athletic Conference championship.
Louisville is led in scoring by Schimmel, who averages 17.2 points per game. Taylor ranks second on the team in scoring with 11.4 points per game. Sara Hammond rounds out the top scorers with 11.2 points per game. Taylor leads the team in rebounding, grabbing 7.2 boards per game. Hammond is second on the team in rebounding with 6.5 boards per game.
Press release from UofL:
Louisville, Ky. - A limited number of tickets are remaining for the final University of Louisville women’s basketball home game against top-ranked UConn. The only tickets that remain are upper level seats for $5.
The UConn game is Senior Night for seniors Tia Gibbs, Shoni Schimmel, Antonita Slaughter and Asia Taylor. Head Coach Jeff Walz and the Cardinals will hold a pregame ceremony for all four seniors in their final regular season home game at the KFC Yum! Center.
The game is also Native American Appreciation Night, to honor some of Louisville’s most dedicated fans. The first 500 fans will receive a free turquoise shirt. The t-shirt symbolizes the support and friendship of the Native American community for the University of Louisville women’s basketball team and Shoni andJude Schimmel. So far over 1,000 tickets have been sold to Native Americans from 38 different states for the game.
Tickets are on sale at the UofL Ticket Office, located near Gate 2 of Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium at 2800 South Floyd Street. The ticket office is open weekdays from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Cardinal fans may also purchase tickets at ticket counters at statewide Kroger locations.
Official Press Release from UofL:
Feb. 13, 2014
Louisville, Ky. - Senior guard Shoni Schimmel was named one of the Top 30 midseason candidates for the Women’s Naismith Trophy presented by AT&T. Schimmel joins four UConn players, giving the American Athletic Conference five players on the list. Schimmel was also named to the Wooden Midseason list in January.
The Naismith Trophy presented by AT&T is awarded annually to the men’s and women’s college basketball players of the year. The voting academy bases its criteria on player performance throughout the season. The Atlanta Tipoff Club’s Board of Selectors narrowed the 50 pre-season watch list down to a midseason team comprised of 30 candidates. From there, four finalists will be selected to the final ballot in March. The Naismith Award winner will be announced on April 7, 2014.
This week…..on 55…..
Additions, Subtractions, Super Bowl & JC Penneys? Yeah I try to cover it all. From people going crazy on me to signing day to the omission of a certain someone, it’s here. A powerful and swift campaign swept twitter last Tuesday and you know what? It worked. Well here we go. Once again, I share with you the 55 most ridiculous things I have heard, had to debate, or just thought about this past week. This …..is….55
That is a pic of my Doss Jersey in case you were wondering, if you weren’t then I challenge your existence
2) Louisville First, Cards FOREVER….never forget
3) Hopefully some of the recruits out there who are still deciding pay attention to this
4) Speaking of recruits
5) Trumaine Washington
6) That’s how you show love guys! Click here for more on Trumaine
7) LuKayus Mcneil (click here for more)
8) Charles Standberry (click here for more) No tweets from today
9) Quincy McKinney
10) So for all of you guys that doubted coach P, we just jumped up into the top 35-40 when some of ya’ll said we would be 70th
12) I tried to tell them Shaq
The Louisville women’s basketball team beat Memphis on Sunday 88-61. That improved their record to an amazing 20-1 and 8-0 in conference play. And that wasn’t even the main story of the day. Shoni Schimmel made a school record nine 3-pointers on her way to 29 points in only 27 minutes. The old record of 8 belonged to…Shoni Schimmel.
She made 8 of the 3-pointers in the first half, and with the game in hand, sat for the final 8:55 of the game. She made the 9 3-pointers on only 12 attempts, which is even more impressive.
Coach Jeff Walz praised Schimmel’s shot selection.
“What excites me for her is she’s scored this much before in the past, but it’s normally taken here 20, 25 shots,” he said. “She took 16 shots tonight … there weren’t many that were forced. That was the same way at Houston and SMU. She’s starting to let the game come to her.”
Here are the highlights from the game.