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Former Nixyaawii standout Milan Schimmel joins Florida Gulf Coast

Milan Schimmel, who started 12 games for Cincinnati last year, will have two seasons of eligibility remaining, and averaged 5.7 points, 4.6 rebounds and 3.6 assists, starting 12 of 14 games. She shot 46.2% from 3-point range. She is eligible immediately due to the NCAA giving players a one-year exemption from sitting out a season because of Division I transfer rules.

State Champion

Schimmel is a graduate of Nixyaawii Community School on the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation near Pendleton, Ore., where she helped her team to a state runner-up finish as a senior.

FGCU, which went 26-3 and won 25 games in a row last season, returns nearly 95% of its scoring, led by forward Kierstan Bell and point guard T.K. Morehouse. “Milan is a talented and versatile player,” Smesko said. “She is a great shooter, has really good court vision and rebounds very well for her position. She fits in very well with our style of play.”

Prior to Cincinnati, Schimmel spent one season apiece at Eastern Florida State College. At EFSC, she averaged 14.5 points, 7.2 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 2.5 steals per game while starting all 30 games and leading her team to a 23-7 record.

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