Shoni Schimmel of the Atlanta Dream, surprised the WNBA sports world, by standing out most among all the All-Stars of Saturday's WNBA All-Star game. She was named MVP in what was probably the greatest game in WNBA history.
It was the first WNBA all-star game to go to overtime, but it was more than just a close game. This game saw the some of the most popular lady athletes in the world, playing for the East and West, push each other hard from the get-go through every whistle until the buzzer sounded on every quarter. Each team wanted to win badly.
In some respects, it was a who's who for women's basketball of all-time. And, the one who walked away with the trophy for Most Valuable Player was a player raised on a Reservation in the state of Oregon.
Shoni Schimmel wouldn't have been the pick to be the difference maker in this game just as Patty Mills wouldn't have been thought of as the catalyst for an NBA championship.
Patty Mills is the first Aboriginal player to play in the NBA Finals-for the San Antonio Spurs this year (the second Aboriginal player to ever play in the NBA).