Reclaiming Fitspo: Shoni Schimmel
Schimmel is an American basketball player.
As a member of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation in Mission, Oregon, Schimmel was the subject of the 2011 documentary “Off the Rez, by Jonathan Hock. This film chronicled her efforts to earn an NCAA scholarship. Playing as point guard for her high school teams, she was successful: Not only was she able to attend the University of Louisville, her work got her named a first team All-American by Parade magazine, selected for the 2010 Women’s Basketball Coaches Association High School Coaches’ All-America Team, and named as a WBCA All-American (which made her eligible to play in the all-star game).
As a four-year starter for the Louisville Cardinals, Schimmel has carved out a place of honor on the team. As a senior in the 2013-2014 season, she averaged 17.1 points per game, leading the team in scoring. For her career, she finished second on the Louisville scoring list with 2,174 total points. Her skill rightfully got her named an All-American by the USBWA and Associated Press.
In April 2014, Schimmel was selected during the first round of the WNBA draft and will be playing for the Atlanta Dream.
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