So far, this season has been an exciting one for Natives on the court.
From Riley Holsinger averaging 20.5 points a game, to Jude Schimmel having 39 steals so far in the season, several Native ballers have consistently put up good numbers this season.
Here’s a roundup of 10 ballers who have consistently scored well this season and made a big impression on the court.
Riley Holsinger is a junior guard at Vanguard University in Costa Mesa, Calif. Holsinger, Nez Perce, from Spokane, Wash. has averaged 20.6 point this season with a high of 35 points on December 18 against Montana Western. On January 5, Holsinger was named Golden State Athletic Conference Player of the Week. Her averages for the week were 24.7 points, 8.3 rebounds and 41.2 percent shooting.
Ruben Silvas Jr. is a junior psychology major at University of Alaska Fairbanks. He is from Tucson, Ariz., and is the first member of the Pascua Yaqui Tribe to earn a collegiate basketball scholarship. Silvas’ highest scoring record is 34 against Simon Fraser on January 3. Silvas is averaging 12.2 point a game, and was named a Great Northwest Athletic Conference men’s basketball player of the week.
Ruben Silvas Jr.
Chelsey Biegler is a senior guard at Black Hills State University in Spearfish, South Dakota. She is Cheyenne River Sioux, and from Rapid City. Her high game this season was 25 against Chadron State on January 10. She averages 12.5 points a game and has 31 steals.
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Ashley Mitchell is a senior guard for the Western New Mexico University Mustangs. Mitchell, Navajo, is averaging 12.8 points a game.
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Natahnee Spencer, Nez Perce, is a sophomore guard at Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, Idaho. The most points she has scored this season is 23 against Vancouver Island on January 2. Spencer has 23 steals and 30 assists this season.
Chenise Peone is a senior guard at Hawai’i Pacific University. She is from Inchelium, Wash., and is a member of the Colville Tribe. She is averaging 13.9 points a game.
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Kyler Ashley, Navajo, is a sophomore guard at Tohono O’odham Community College in Southern Arizona. He is averaging 6 points per game.
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Eric Green is a junior guard at College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass. He scored his season high of 16 points on November 19, 2014 against Brown University. His hometown is Mountain House, Calif., and he comes from a family of college basketball players. His mother, Yvette Cook played for Delaware State College, and his uncle Randall Cook played at California State University, East Bay. Green is Hualapai, Cherokee, Chemehuevi and Havasupai.
Courtesy Holy Cross athletics
Jude Schimmel, a senior guard at the University of Louisville is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in sociology. She is ranked in the top 5 for steals in the ACC, and has 39 steals so far this season. Schimmel is a member of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla in eastern Oregon and younger sister to Shoni Schimmel who plays for the WNBA’s Atlanta Dream.
Shanae Gilham is a sophomore guard at University of Montana. She is is from the Blackfeet Tribe. She was redshirted during the 2013-2014 season because of a knee injury, but his season she had a season high of 14 points against Utah Valley on December 19, 2014.
Courtesy Montana Grizzlies athletics
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