Template:Infobox WNBA biography Shoni Schimmel (born May 4, 1992) is an American basketball player. She was an All-American college player at the University of Louisville and a first round draft pick of the WNBA's Atlanta Dream.
Early life and high school
Schimmel, a 5'9" point guard, first received notoriety as a high school player in Oregon. Raised on the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation in Mission, Oregon, she was the subject of a documentary by filmmaker Jonathan Hock called Off the Rez, which chronicled her journey to earn an NCAA scholarship with her basketball ability. She transferred from Hermiston High School in eastern Oregon to the larger Franklin High School in Portland, Oregon to increase her chances of being recruited to a Division I school. After her senior year at Franklin, Schimmel was named a first team All-American by Parade magazine.
Schimmel was selected to the 2010 Women's Basketball Coaches Association High School Coaches' All-America Team. The top twenty high school players in the country are named as WBCA All-Americans, and eligible to play in the all-star game. She participated in the 2010 WBCA High School All-America Game, scoring six points.
Schimmel chose Louisville for college and became a four-year starter for the Cardinals. As a junior in 2012–13, Schimmel led the team to the championship game of the 2013 Tournament. In her senior season, Schimmel averaged 17.1 points per game to lead the team in scoring and was named an All-American by the USBWA and Associated Press.
For her career, she finished second on the Louisville career scoring list, finishing with 2,174 points.
Schimmel was selected to be a member of the team representing the USA at the 2013 World University Games held in Kazan, Russia. The team, coached by Sherri Coale, won the opening four games easily, scoring in triple digits in each game, and winning by 30 or more points in each case. After winning the quarterfinal game against Sweden, they faced Australia in the semifinal. The USA team opened up as much as a 17 point in the fourth quarter of the game but the Australian team fought back and took a one point lead in the final minute. Crystal Bradford scored a basket with 14 seconds left in the game to secure a 79–78 victory. The gold medal opponent was Russia, but the USA team never trailed, and won 90–71 to win the gold medal and the World University games Championship. Schimmel averaged 4.6 points per game.
On April 14, 2014, Schimmel was selected in the first round of the 2014 WNBA draft (eighth pick overall) by the Atlanta Dream. She also earned recognition as the 2014 WNBA All-Star Game Most Valuable Player on July 20,2014 in Phoenix, Arizona.
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- Linter, Jonathan (March 31, 2014). "Shoni Schimmel makes USBWA's All-America team". The Courier-Journal. Retrieved April 17, 2014.
- "Shoni Schimmel Selected Eighth in the 2014 WNBA Draft". Louisville Cardinals. April 14, 2014. Retrieved April 17, 2014.
- "TWENTY-SEVENTH WORLD UNIVERSITY GAMES -- 2013". USA Basketball. Retrieved 27 Apr 2014.
- Louisville bio
- WNBA draft video
- Longman, Jeré (April 6, 2013). "Far From Reservation, Sisters Lead Louisville". The New York Times.