Schimmel’s Signing Adds To Loaded Women’s Basketball Roster – FGCU Athletics - Techy Hunters


Friday, July 30, 2021

Schimmel’s Signing Adds To Loaded Women’s Basketball Roster – FGCU Athletics

FORT MYERS, Fla. — FGCU women’s basketball head coach Karl Smesko has announced the addition of Milan Schimmel to the 2021-22 roster. The 5-8 guard played at the University of Cincinnati last year and will have two seasons of eligibility remaining.
Schimmel started 12 of 14 games played last year, averaging 5.7 points, 4.6 rebounds and 3.6 assists per contest. She saved her best for the postseason, posting 15 points, seven rebounds and seven assists against Memphis in the first round of the American Athletic Conference (AAC) tournament. Overall, she shot .462 from 3-point range for the season.
“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.”
Schimmel tallied a season-high 11 rebounds against Houston on March 2 and finished the season with seven games of at least five rebounds, including each of the final five games. Among her 14 contests, she tallied nine games with at least four assists, including every one during a six-game stretch to close the season where she averaged 6.2 per contest.
Prior to Cincinnati, Schimmel spent one season apiece at Eastern Florida State College and Hutchinson Community 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. She posted five double-doubles, scoring in double-figures 25 times and notching four 20-point outings. She recorded a season-high 25 points against Northwest Florida State and pulled down 18 rebounds against Hillsborough.
In the 2018-19 campaign, Schimmel led Hutchinson to the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division I Final Four. Along the way, the Oregon native started eight of 37 games played, averaging 6.7 points, 3.8 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.4 steals per game.
Schimmel is a graduate of Nixyaawii (pronounced nick-OW-wee) 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.
While returning nearly 95 percent of the team’s scoring from last year, FGCU’s addition of Schimmel adds to a very talented recruiting class that already includes a trio of Division I transfers – Kaela Webb (Detroit Mercy), Kendall Spray (Clemson) and Karli Seay (LSU). On top of that, Kerstie Phills is returning to the lineup after sitting out last year due to Covid-19.
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FGCU head coach Karl Smesko maintains a record of 580-125 (.823) overall in his career, which is the third-highest winning percentage among active Division I coaches behind only UConn’s Geno Auriemma and Baylor’s Kim Mulkey. He has also led the Eagles to a 217-17 (.927) mark in ASUN regular season play and a 27-2 (.931) record in ASUN tournament play. Over the past 10 seasons, he has guided FGCU to a 153-5 (.968) record in conference play with six undefeated seasons. The 11-time ASUN Coach of the Year has led the program to 11-straight 25-win seasons and 17-consecutive 20-win campaigns, including 30-plus wins in four of the past seven years. On top of all that, the Eagles are 519-98 all-time since Smesko started the program in the 2002-03 season, and the Green and Blue’s .841 all-time winning percentage is the best in NCAA Division I women’s basketball history.
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FGCU teams have combined to win an incredible 85 conference regular season and tournament titles in just 13+ seasons at the Division I level. Additionally, in just nine seasons of D-I postseason eligibility, the Eagles have had a combined 42 teams or individuals compete in NCAA championships. Eight FGCU programs have earned a top-25 national ranking in their respective sport – including women’s basketball (No. 21, 2020-21), beach volleyball (No. 20, 2021) and both men’s soccer (2018, 2019) and women’s soccer (2018) as three of the most recent. In 2016-17, the Green and Blue posted a department-best sixth-place finish in the DI-AAA Learfield Directors’ Cup and top-100 showing nationally, ahead of several Power-5 and FBS institutions. In 2018-19, the Eagles had an ASUN and state of Florida best seven teams earn the NCAA’s Public Recognition Award for their Academic Progress Rate in their sport. FGCU also collectively earned a record 3.50 GPA in the classroom in the fall 2020 semester and has outperformed the general University undergraduate population for 23 consecutive semesters. The 2019 Fall, 2020 Spring, and 2020 Fall semesters each saw another milestone reached as all 15 programs achieved a 3.0-or-higher team GPA. The Eagles also served an all-time high 7,200 volunteer hours in 2017 – being recognized as one of two runners-up for the inaugural NACDA Community Service Award presented by the Fiesta Bowl.


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