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After a year in Florida, Milan Schimmel settles into Division I action with Cincinnati

Milan Schimmel has moved up to NCAA Division I this season with the University of Cincinnati. (University of Cincinnati photo)

After averaging nearly 15 points per game last season for Eastern Florida State College in Melbourne, Milan Schimmel has moved up to NCAA Division I this season with the University of Cincinnati.

As of Dec. 22, Schimmel (Umatilla) has started five of the Bearcats’ six games. She’s averaging nearly 30 minutes per game, which is third highest on the squad.

She’s averaging 4.8 points and 3.2 rebounds on a squad that relies on Llmar’l Thomas for much of its scoring. Thomas is averaging 28 points; the next closest player is averaging 8 points.

Schimmel scored eight points in her debut, a 73-67 win against Northern Kentucky. Since then, the Bearcats have dropped five in a row.
Schimmel, a guard, had seven points against Marquette and a team-high four assists against East Carolina.

Cincinnati plays in the American Conference. The team will be in Florida twice in January. First, the Bearcats will face the University of Central Florida on Jan. 17 in Orlando. On Jan. 30, the Bearcats will be in Tampa to square off against the University of South Florida.

Schimmel, from Oregon, is with her third team in as many years. She began her collegiate career at Hutchinson Community College in Kansas before transferring to Eastern Florida. She has two years of eligibility remaining.
She is the younger sister of former University of Louisville standouts Shoni and Jude Schimmel, who drew a huge following in Indian Country during their careers.

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Kevin Johnson is senior editor. He has worked for The Seminole Tribune since 2014. He was previously an editor, photographer and reporter for newspapers in Southwest Florida and Connecticut. He also worked for more than a decade in management and public relations for a hockey program in New England that produced several college and NHL players. Contact Kevin at kevinjohnson@semtribe.com.
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