Schimmel brings show back to US Airways Center

By Quentin Jodie
Navajo Times

PHOENIX, Aug. 7, 2014

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(Times photo – Ravonelle Yazzie)

TOP: The Huskon and Yellowhair family of Tolani Lake, Ariz., and Kayenta, Ariz., hold their sign to show their support for Native American professional basketball player Shoni Schimmel during the Phoenix Mercury vs. Atlanta Dream basketball game in Phoenix on August 5.

BOTTOM: Shoni Schimmel (23) looks for an opening on Tuesday at the US Airways Center in Phoenix. Schimmel finished the game with 13 points and five assists.

The Schimmel Effect is the latest craze to hit the Women's National Basketball Association.

Since joining the league as the eighth overall pick in the 2014 WNBA draft, Atlanta rookie guard Shoni Schimmel has brought in a new fan base from New York to LA.

That phenomenon was on full display at the US Airways Center as thousands of fans waited for Schimmel, who won the WNBA All-Star game MVP award on July 19, to make a cameo appearance at the end Tuesday night's regular season game between the Phoenix Mercury and the Atlanta Dream.

"It's awesome and I'm grateful," Schimmel said while addressing the crowd. "You guys traveled across the country to make this game. Thanks for coming, it means the world to me."

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