Shoni Schimmel settles in quickly at Atlanta

Shoni Schimmel couldn’t have gotten off to any better start in her debut in the Women’s National Basketball Association, scoring 26 points and making 21 assists in her first two games.

Meanwhile, Angel McCoughtry, another former University of Louisville All American, is leading the league in scoring with 24 points per game.  Their team is undefeated after two games.

The Dream will celebrate Native American Night on Friday, May 30 when it hosts Seattle in honor of Shoni who grew up on the Umatilla Indian Reservation in Oregon.

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Asia Taylor has averaged just under nine minutes in two games with the Minnesota Lynx, averaging two points per game.

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The Los Angeles Sparks cut former U of L standout Antonita Slaughter and the Connecticut Sun waived former University of Kentucky center DeNesha Stallworth.

McCoughtry Makes Her Mark

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Give it up for Angel McCoughtry.

The University of Louisville All America was named to the WNBA All-Rookie team. She was, in fact, tied as the leading vote getter with DeWanna Bonner,  from Auburn, with 12 votes.

McCoughtry topped all WNBA rookies in points (12.8) and steals (2.2) and ranked fifth in assists (2.1). She helped propel a team that finished with only four wins in 2008 to second place in the Eastern Conference this season.

A few weeks after leading the Louisville women to the national champion game, McCoughtry was the No. 1 draft, packing her stuff and heading to Atlanta.

Take a break, girl. You’ve earned it.

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Golf With Wiley Brown, Scooter McCray

Dust off the clubs, and play with two University of Louisville basketball greats.

Wiley Brown and Scooter McCray invite U of L fans to join them for golf in a fundraising effort for Indiana University-Southeast athletics. Wiley and Scooter are coach and assistant coach, respectively, of the IUS basketball team.

You can challenge them in two events: Monday, Aug. 31st at the Jefferson Elks Lodge and/or Monday, Sept. 14th at the Glen Oaks Country Club. A $125 entry fee includes includes golf, lunch,range balls, door prizes and a hole-in-one prize of a new car from Sam Swope. Registration is at 11:30 a.m., followed by lunch, with golf starting at 1 p.m.

Go ahead. Call Wiley at (812) 941-2515 or e-mail him at brown434@ius.edu.

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Angel At Work — The Atlanta Dream has evened its record in the WNBA at 10-10 with three wins in a row, with a lot of help from Angel McCoughtry. After averaging 8.8 points through her first 17 games, Angel has managed 17.7 points on 54.2 percent shooting in her past three appearances.

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Last Fab Melo Item — Fab Melo’s coach discusses the recruitment of his star pupil in this audio link. Did his visit during Vice President Joe Biden’s appearance at the Carrier Dome play a role? A reminder of the impressionability and unpredictability of teenagers in making decisions. Biden is a Syracuse grad.

San Antonio Cuts Candyce Bingham

By Sonja Sykes

The San Antonio Silver Stars waived former University of Louisville forward Candyce Bingham from the roster Monday. Bingham, a third round draft pick, played in one exhibition game with the Silver Stars. San Antonio returned several veteran forwards and also acquired front line depth through trades during the off season.

WNBA teams carry 11 players on each roster and final cut day is  Friday. Although Bingham could be picked up by other teams, most teams are  paring down and Candyce’s chances of being picked up appear to be pretty slim.

Still, options are available. Overseas leagues offer former college stars a chance to continue playing at a livable wage. Also, several exhibition teams tour the country annually playing college women’s basketball teams in preseason games. As of Wednesday, however, Bingham’s future was open …but here’s hoping she gets a chance to continue the game in a venue somewhere if that’s what she really wants to do.

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