YUMA, Ariz. – The journey continues for Stephanie Schmid. An outstanding guard for the Arizona Western women’s basketball team for two seasons and a knockdown shooter while at the University of Nevada for two more, Schmid signed her first professional contract earlier this week. She will travel to Ireland to play for the Portlaoise Panthers in the Superleague, Ireland’s top league for women.
“I could not be more grateful and excited to continue my basketball journey in Ireland,” she said in a press release issued by MK Sports and Entertainment. “I want to thank everyone who assisted me along the way and allowed me to truly live out a dream. I’m excited to start working out with the team and do everything I can to help Portlaoise achieve success!”
Schmid was the leading scorer at Nevada last season and averaged 12.4 points per game while knocking down 41% of her three-pointers. She was named All Mountain West Conference Honorable Mention and was in the top 30 of the NCAA Division I in three-point percentage. In two seasons at Nevada, she drained 126 three’s, good for eighth most in school history.
At AWC, Schmid expanded her game from her freshman to sophomore year, and it paid off. She was named an NJCAA All-American, the ACCAC Player of the Year, and was an ACCAC First Team All-Conference and NJCAA Region I, Division I First Team selection as a sophomore. Schmid led the NJCAA with 126 made three’s that season while still shooting 40.9 percent on almost 10 three’s per game. She also shot 90.4 percent from the free throw line and averaged 20.7 points per game.
During her Arizona Western career, Schmid scored 1,000 points and helped lead the team to the Region I Playoffs in both seasons.
Schmid graduated with a degree in community health services from Nevada this spring.
Arizona Western College is one of the top community colleges in Arizona. The college boasts partnerships with all three state universities that include face-to-face classes in Yuma. AWC leads the state in enrollment growth over the past 10 years and handed out more than 2,300 certificates and degrees in 2016-17.