For the fourth time this season, a Dream player has been named WNBA Eastern Conference Player of the Week.
Rookie guard Shoni Schimmel was given the honor Monday, marking the first such award of her career as she helped the Dream go 2-1 last week and clinch the No. 1 seed in the East, averaging 15.3 points, 4.7 assists and 3.3 rebounds per game.
Schimmel had 24 points and six rebounds in a 96-82 win over the Western Conference-leading Mercury on Aug. 13, a win that helped Atlanta clinch the East’s top seed. During the game, she recorded just the sixth 20-point quarter in WNBA history, pouring in 20 second-quarter points and outscoring the Mercury all by herself as the Dream outscored Phoenix 37-15 during the period.
Schimmel followed that performance with 15 points and nine assists against Tulsa on Aug. 15 in the regular-season home finale.
Schimmel concluded the regular season at sixth in the WNBA in three-point field goals made (53), 15th in assists (3.6) and seventh in assists per 40 minutes (6.8). Her average of 8.3 points per game ranked sixth among rookies.
Los Angeles guard Kristi Toliver was named the Western Conference Player of the Week.
Schimmel joined Angel McCoughtry, who twice won the award this season, Sancho Lyttle and Erika de Souza as Dream players to be named Eastern Conference Player of the Week, making the Dream the only team in the league with four different players to be honored.