The Iroquois National Lacrosse Team and WNBA rookie Shoni Schimmel both had a really good day on July 19.
The Iroquois National Team beat the Australian National Team 16-5, to win its first-ever medal at a senior world championship, at the World Lacrosse Championship in Denver, according to LaxMagazine.com.
Ahead by only two goals at halftime, the Iroquois National team went on a big run in the second half, scoring 10 of the final 12 goals to win the bronze medal.
“Basically we just opened it up [in the second half] and started hammering down the alleys with our middles and that seemed to really wear them down,” Iroquois head coach Steve Beville said, according to LaxMagazine.com. “Obviously, we’ve got a lot of skilled guys, so we knew we would be able to score.”
“All credit to the Iroquois,” Australian head coach Glenn Meredith said.
During championship play, the Iroquois National team was defeated only by Canada, which won the gold medal, and the United States team, which won the silver.
Schimmel received the Most Valuable Player trophy for the WNBA All-Star game on July 19.
Schimmel scored 29 points in the game, to lead her team to a one-point win in overtime, according to Indian Country Today (ICT). The total was the highest ever by a player in the All-Star game, breaking the previous record of 24.
Schimmel plays for the Atlanta Dream but doesn’t start, and was selected to the first team of the Eastern Conference All-Star squad after receiving many votes from Indian Country, ICT said.
“It was awesome, just to be able to out there and play my game, have fun, feel free to go out there and play rez ball,” she said, according to ESPN.com. ”To have the fans look up to me and to a role model not only for my siblings but also the Native American fans, the Native American people. It’s huge. I take on my shoulders because I enjoy it.”