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Shoni Schimmel talks about WNBA draft

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LOUISVILLE (WDRB) - We're finally hearing what was going through Shoni Schimmel's mind the moment she was drafted into the WNBA.

She was the eighth overall pick and is headed to the Atlanta Dream.

"I was just excited and happy, ya know. I mean, a ton of emotions hit me but at the same time, I was like, 'don't trip walking up there,'" Schimmel said. 

Monday night, U of L became the only school to have three players drafted to the WNBA.
Schimmel, Antonita Slaughter and Asia Taylor are now preparing to go pro.

"I think it shows the dedication and the work from our players," said U of L women's head coach Jeff Walz.

Schimmel's skills have helped build the Lady Cards fan base. Hundreds of Native Americans from more than 30 states traveled to the Louisville to watch the team in early March. Schimmel grew up on a Native American reservation in Oregon.

"That's one thing about the Native Americans, is that everybody loves the game of basketball, and for everybody to come out and show support at our last season game, it means a lot," Schimmel said.

She says that support has continued with her newest accomplishment. "It's an honor. Not many Native Americans make it to the WNBA draft," she said. 

While she's heading to Atlanta to play for the Dream, the Schimmel legacy at U of L will continue with her sister Jude next season.

"I think Jude's gonna do great regardless if I'm there or not. That's something her personality brings to the court, just her own kind of game," Schimmel said.

The family has been on a basketball filled journey for years. No surprise they were there for Schimmel's big night.

"For me to be able to have my family up there with me, and ya know, have them support me through the whole thing, it was a dream come true."

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