Jude Schimmel Provides Spark in Louisville Spanking of Idaho

Jude Schimmel

Jude Schimmel

Louisville Cardinals Face the Iowa Hawkeyes  in Second Round of NCAA Tournament on Tuesday Night on ESPN2

IOWA CITY, IOWA — Jude Schimmel scored 14 points as the Louisville Cardinals women’s basketball spanked the Idaho Vandals 88-42 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Sunday. Her sister, Shoni, scored 10 points and had a career-high 11 rebounds for the No. 3 seed Cardinals.

The two Schimmel sisters became the pride of Indian country last year as their team progressed to the final game of the NCAA Division 1 women’s basketball title game.

The Schimmel sisters are the only American Indians to ever play in a NCAA Division 1 basketball title game. They are tribal members of the Confederated Tribe of Umatilla Indians, based in Pendleton, Oregon.

Schimmel Family at KFC Yum! Center on Native American Night.

Schimmel Family at KFC Yum! Center on Native American Night.

Playing its first game in 13 days, the Louisville team started the game slowly missing their first seven shots, but Junior Jude Schimmel provided a spark off the bench scoring five points which began a 23-7 run over the Vandals.

“Jude is our spark coming off the bench. I think everybody on our team knows that. At the beginning we were kind of a little flustered. We were a little too excited to get out there and play. Jude came in and set the tone on defense,” said Shoni Schimmel in a post-game interview.

With its win on Sunday, the Louisville Cardinals improved their record to 31-4 for the season.

Louisville will play the winner of the late Sunday game between the Iowa Hawkeyes on Tuesday night at 9:30 p.m. – EDT on ESPN2. Check your local television listings for channel information.

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