Shoni Schimmel Scores 31 Points in Final College Game
LOUISVILLE— Fighting to the last seconds of play in the Elite Eight NCAA Tournament regional game, the Louisville Cardinals came up short on Tuesday night and lost to the Maryland Terrapins in a 76-73 defeat at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville.
Shoni Schimmel displaying her talents against LSU Tigers. Photo Courtesy: NDNSports.com
Louisville was down by 12 points with 30 seconds left.
Umatilla tribal citizen Shoni Schimmel, Louisville’s all-time three-point player, made three 3-pointers to bring the score closer. On her fourth attempt, the ball bounced off the rim. The missed shot would have taken the game into overtime.
“The ball just didn’t go in,” Schimmel commented, smiling and yet holding back tears in her final collegiate game. “The one that didn’t go in was the last shot. I wanted it to, but there’s nothing much you can do about that.”
The loss ended the Louisville Cardinals second trip to the NCAA women’s basketball Final Four.
Schimmel had a season-high 31 points, which included five three-pointers.
Earlier the day, she was named second team All-American by the Associated Press. Voting was completed prior to the beginning of the NCAA tournament.
This season, Schimmel led the Cardinals in scoring with 17.1 points per game. She also led the team with 3.8 assists per game.
Additionally, Schimmel was named to the USBWA All-American team and named a second team ESPNW All-American. She was also a WBCA All-Region I selection. Schimmel was named a first team All-American Athletic Conference and earned all-tournament honors. She was also named a Naismith semifinalist and named to the Wooden ballot.
With the end of her Louisville Cardinals career, sports commentators are already talking about a promising WNBA career that lies ahead for her.