Schimmel “Sister Act” Begin NCAA Tournament Play on ESPN this Afternoon

Shoni Schimmel prepares to practice for tournament play on Saturday.

Shoni Schimmel prepares to practice for tournament play on Saturday.

 The Schimmel Sisters Became Pride of Indian Country During Last Year’s Tournament Play

IOWA CITY, IOWA —The No.3 seed Louisville Cardinals women’s basketball team—with Shoni and Jude Schimmel—begin their NCAA Tournament this afternoon, March 23, 2014, against the No.14 Idaho Vandals in Iowa City, Iowa.

Idaho earned their third NCAA Tournament bid, the second consecutive under headcoach Jon Newlee. The Vandals are 0-2 all-time in the NCAA Tournament. Louisville and Idaho have never met before.

The game will be televised on ESPN at 5:30 p.m. – EDT. Check local television listings.

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.

Schimmel Sisters After Final

Jude (l) and Shoni (r) Schimmel

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.

Here are some quick facts about the basketball skills of the Schimmel sisters:

Shoni Schimmel, No. 23, is a 5-9 senior.

• Senior Shoni Schimmel ranks tied for eighth on the NCAA Women’s Divison I career 3-point field goals made list with 377. The career record is held by Laurie Koehn (Kansas St., 2002-05) with 392. Below is the list:

Laurie Koehn (Kansas St., 2002-05): 392

Erin Thorn (BYU, 2000-03): 391

Shrieka Evans (Grambling, 2000-03): 391

Heather Butler (UT Martin 2010-pres.): 389

Jaleesa Ross (Fresno St., 2008-11): 389

Dawn Evans (James Madison, 2008-11): 387

Kim MacMillan (LIU Brooklyn/St. John’s, 2000-02, 04): 379

Shoni Schimmel (Louisville, 2010-pres.): 377

Chynna Bozeman (Morehead St., 2008-11): 377

• Schimmel scored a season-high 30 points against Colorado, themost by any Louisville player this season. It is the third 30+ point game in Schimmel’s career.

• Schimmel knocked down 13 of 16 free throws against Colorado, both career-highs for her. The 13 free throws made and the 16 free throws attempted are both tied for the third most in school history.

• Schimmel set a new school record in 3-point field goals made in a game knocking down nine against Memphis. The previous record was eight, which Schimmel tied last season against USF.

• With her two assists against Austin Peay, Schimmel eclipsed the 500 career assists mark, making her just the fourth player in Louisville history to score 1,000+ points and dish out 500+ assists in a career. She isthe only player in school history with 2,000+ points and 500+ assists.

• Schimmel grabbed a season-high three steals against WesternKentucky, Kentucky and SMU.

• Schimmel’s 24 points at Rutgers moved her into second place on the career scoring list passing Nell Knox.

• Schimmel has knocked down a 3-point field goal in 19 straight gamesand in 32 of 34 games this season.

• This season Schimmel had scored double figures in 22 straightgames. The 22 straight games sets a new personal record in doublefigure scoring streak. Her previous streak was 21 games set during herfreshman season. She has scored 20+ points in 11 games this season.

• Schimmel currently sits only three 3-point field goals made fromtying for the 20th most 3-point field goals made in a season in NCAA Women’s Division I history. Schimmel has made 108 3-point field goals this season needing three to tie both Gwen Davis (Bethune-Cookman, 1988) and Shrieka Evans (Grambling, 2001), who both made 111 3-point field goals in a season.

• Schimmel has a current total of 1,100 3-point field goals attempted twice in her career.

• Smith earned second team All-American Athletic Conference honors.

Jude Schimmel, No. 22, is a 5-6 junior.

• Junior Jude Schimmel set a new scoring career-high with 16 points against Quinnipiac. She also set new career-highs in field goals made and attempted in a game, finishing 6 of 14 from the field. Her previous career-high was 15 points twice last season.

• Schimmel knocked down a career-high three 3-point field goals against Loyola Chicago.

• Schimmel set a new career-high in assists dishing out nine against Wright State. Her previous high was eight against Providence on Jan. 12, 2013.

• Schimmel also set a season-high in steals against Wright State, grabbing four.

• Schimmel set a new career-high in rebounds pulling down seven against Austin Peay, having previously grabbed six rebounds in four games during her career. Schimmel also put up seven points along with dishing out seven assists.

• Schimmel also made her first start of her career against Austin Peay.

• Schimmel knocked down a career-high seven field goals, scoring 14 points against Ball State in her second career start.

This year the Cardinals are ranked No.4 and are expected to go far into the tournament.

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