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Hoops Happening: Today in women’s basketball — Monday April 30, 2018

Shoni Schimmel is back with the New York Liberty! Plus, Allisha Gray gets college degree, Dawn Staley’s “offspring” are Aces, have Wings, and Breen Weeks burns butts in training camp.

WNBA All-Star Game 2014
Shoni Schimmel showed off her WNBA MVP All-Star Game trophy center court at US Airways Center on July 19, 2014 in Phoenix, AZ.
Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Shoni Schimmel, the sharp-shooting phenom with the New York Liberty, dropped a social-media teaser over the weekend announcing her return to basketball after a year away.

The Washington Post’s Doug Feinberg reports Schimmel needed the break to get herself “right mentally.”

“I needed a break, going from high school to college to the pros,” Schimmel said, who went on to explain that she basically suspended herself.

Although it was likely a very tough choice to make, it seems the time away allowed Schimmel to fully recover from a concussion and properly grieve the passing of her grandmother — enabling a freer return to basketball.

“I’m definitely ready to compete and am in shape,” Schimmel said. “I’m more excited to play then [sic] I’ve been in a while.”

Other happenings in women’s hoops

Oh, the humility

Dawn Staley’s “basketball offspring” include reigning co-Rookies of the Year, Kaela Davis and Allisha Gray, both of whom play for the Dallas Wings. She also heated and hatched incoming rookie A’ja Wilson, who will play for the Las Vegas Aces.

Speaking of Gray ...

Allisha Gray (Ms. Graytness, if you’re nasty) is a college graduate!

Congrats, Allisha!

Skillz & Drillz

WNBA/NBA Skills Trainer Breen Weeks tweeted a photo with women’s basketball players under his tutelage during his 2018 WNBA training camp.

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