July 18th, 2013 Last Updated on: July 18th, 2013
Indian Country’s own, Shoni Schimmel, member of the Umatilla Indian Reservation and team member of the US Women’s University Basketball Team, helped to defeat Russia’s home team favorite in the gold medal game at the 2013 World University Games with a final score, 90-71. When asked about her win, Schimmel said
“It’s pretty amazing, it’s a great accomplishment just to be able to be a part of this team to go out there and win a gold, it’s pretty amazing!”
With this win, Schimmel becomes the first Native American for women’s university basketball to earn a gold medal at these university games. Former Arizona State player, Ryneldi Becenti, Navajo, earned a bronze medal when her team played the 1993 USA Women’s squad. Both women remain the only Native Americans who have participated on the USA world university team.
Way to go, Shoni!
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