Shoni Schimmel is the 3-Point Champ!
The Treys Just Kept Coming on National Television
DALLAS — With all her skills demonstrated over the past four years as member of the Louisville Cardinals women’s basketball team, Shoni Schimmel gained the utmost respect of Indian country. Thursday night, she made Indian country even prouder as she became the 3-point champ!
Even though the Louisville Cardinals lost the Elite Eight game of the NCAA tournament on Tuesday night, the senior guard was not quite ready to turn in her Cardinals’ No. 23 jersey.
She accepted the invitation to compete in the State Farm College 3-Point Championship on Thursday in Moody Coliseum on Southern Methodist University’s campus in Dallas.
Shoni Schimmel preparing to practice last month.
The talented Schimmel put on quite a show on ESPN. Schimmel defeated Tricia Liston of Duke to win the Buick Women’s 3-Point Championship then defeated the men’s champion Brady Heslip of Baylor to take the overall title.
Schimmel advanced to the semifinals after hitting 14 treys in the preliminary round. She finished with 22 3-pointers in the semifinals to advance to the finals against Liston. Schimmel hit another 22 treys to win the women’s overall title. Then against Heslip, she made another 22 threes to for the win.
Schimmel, a 2014 All-American, holds the University of Louisville for career 3-pointers with 387 in her four seasons at Louisville. She also set the school record, knocking down 118 treys in her senior season. Schimmel also owns the school record for threes in a game, connecting on nine against Memphis this season. Schimmel finished the year leading the team in 3-point field goal percentage at 37.6. She finished her career at Louisville hitting 34.4 percent from behind the arc.
Schimmel becomes the first Cardinal to win. Schimmel, a tribal citizen of the Confederated Tribes of Umatilla, becomes the first American Indian to win the 3-point title.