BY RACHEL SHULHAFER
Louisville might have a new favorite WNBA team: the Atlanta Dream. In 2009, U of L legend Angel McCoughtry was the No. 1 overall pick by Atlanta. Last night, they added another Cardinal legend to their roster when they selected Shoni Schimmel as the eighth pick in the WNBA draft.
The thought of the only two women in Cardinal history to score over 2,000 points playing on the same team should be reason enough to consider a trip to Atlanta.
Schimmel finished her Louisville career with 2,174 points, 600 assists, and 552 rebounds. She was a 2014 AP All-American, and holds the school record for career three-pointers, as well as the record for three-pointers made in a single game. Even though her career came to a disappointing end when the Cards lost to Maryland in the Elite Eight, she finished the season averaging 17.1 points, and is leaving the University with legendary status.
Fellow Cardinals Antonita Slaughter and Asia Taylor were drafted in the third round, going 35th and 36th, respectively. Louisville boasts three players who were taken in this year’s draft, which is more than any other school this year. Connecticut, Duke, Stanford, and Notre Dame all had two players get drafted.
Major congratulations to Shoni, Antonita, and Asia, who were all dynamic athletes, as well as stand-up people whose characters perfectly embodied the “Louisville First” mentality.