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KFC Yum! Center in Louisville to host a doubleheader of WNBA preseason contests

Published on January 18, 2015

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 2015 Atlanta Dream Classic at KFC Yum! Center on May 23 in Louisville, Ky.

2015 Atlanta Dream Classic at KFC Yum! Center on May 23 in Louisville.


From the Dream:

The Atlanta Dream announced today that it will host the 2015 Atlanta Dream Classic at KFC Yum! Center on May 23 in Louisville, Ky., to open its preseason schedule. The event, which will feature a doubleheader of WNBA preseason contests, will be highlighted by the return to Louisville of current Dream stars Angel McCoughtry and Shoni Schimmel. Both players earned All-American honors while leading the Cardinals to appearances in the National Championship Game.

The doubleheader, which will match the Indiana Fever vs. the Connecticut Sun at 5 p.m. ET before the Dream and Washington Mystics play at 7 p.m., will be the culmination of a three-day event that will include a coaches clinic and a pre-game party on the Yum! Center plaza prior to the doubleheader, and community appearances by all four teams. There will also be closed scrimmages between the teams on May 21 and May 22, giving all four teams an opportunity to play each of the other teams in attendance over the three-day period.

“It’s an honor to announce our partnership with AEG Louisville on bringing the 2015 Atlanta Dream Classic at KFC Yum! Center to the city of Louisville,” said Dream President and General Manager Angela Taylor. “We are also thrilled to give Angel and Shoni a chance to return to the school that they guided to national prominence, as they both speak very fondly of their time at the University of Louisville. We look forward to spending time in the community while sharing WNBA basketball with the Louisville community and fans in the surrounding areas as we start our quest to bring a WNBA Championship to Atlanta in 2015.”

“We are thrilled to host the four WNBA teams at the KFC Yum! Center for the first time ever,” said KFC Yum! Center General Manager Dennis Petrullo. “It’s great to bring former University of Louisville players, Shoni Schimmel and Angel McCoughtry, back into the community that embraced them so dearly when they played here. We look forward to a successful event in May and hope we can build upon it in the future.”

“I cannot wait to get back to my roots and return to Louisville,” said McCoughtry. “It has been six years since I played in Louisville, and it will be great to return. No one is more excited than I am.”

The doubleheader will be highlighted by the return of Louisville’s two most heralded players, as McCoughtry and Schimmel are the two top scorers in UL women’s basketball history and the only Cardinals to accumulate more than 2,000 career points. They are also the school’s only two first-round WNBA draft picks, with McCoughtry being chosen No. 1 overall by the Dream in 2009, and Schimmel going eighth overall to Atlanta in 2014.


 

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