LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) — Shoni Schimmel is still smarting from her team's loss in the Elite Eight two nights ago. But she's still finding a way to win.
The University of Louisville senior took home the not only the women's three-point shooting title at the NCAA Three-Point competition in Dallas, beating Duke's Tricia Liston in the finals, but the overall competition by beating Baylor's Brady Heslip, the men's champion. It was nothing new for a women's player who grew up playing against the boys on the Umatilla Reservation in Oregon.
Schimmel made 11 consecutive threes in the semifinal round, then hit eight in a row in the women's finals. In the overall final, she made her final eight shots, beating Heslip by a score of 22-17.
She'd have traded any of those threes for her final three at U of L to fall, a miss from the right wing that would've sent the Cards' Elite Eight loss to Maryland into overtime, but U of L's all-time leading three-point shooter was all smiles after her win.
"I knew I had some time left," she said of shooting her last rack in the overall final. "I heard ‘you need three more' behind me, and I hit all of them."
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Schimmel, a 2014 All-American, holds the school record for career three-pointers with 387 in her four seasons at Louisville. She also set the
school single-season 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.
The Cardinals, in total, have sent three other student-athletes to the event. Becky Burke and Jill Morton have also competed in the 3-point competition. Both
Burke and Morton advanced to the final round of the competition but did
not win. Schimmel becomes the first Cardinal to win.