Schimmel Sisters Play in Elite Eight Game Tonight on ESPN

Jude Schimmel on Sunday against LSU Tigers in NCAA Women's Basketball Sweet Sixteen game.

Jude Schimmel on Sunday against LSU Tigers in NCAA Women’s Basketball Sweet Sixteen game. Photo Courtesy: NDNSports.com

Next Up:  Elite Eight Game against Maryland – Tonight, Tuesday, April 1, 2014, at 7:00 p.m. – EDT on ESPN.

LOUISVILLE — After their Sunday afternoon 73-47 victory over the Louisiana State University Tigers in the NCAA women’s basketball tournament’s Sweet Sixteen, the Schimmel sisters—Shoni and Jude— and the Louisville Cardinals (33-4) face the Maryland Terps (27-6) in an Elite Eight game tonight.

The Schimmel sisters, tribal citizens of the Confederated Tribes of Umatilla, based in Pendleton, Oregon, are favorites among American Indians across the country.

With a win tonight, the Cardinals can advance to the Final Four for the second year in a roll. Last year, the Cardinals were beat in the national championship game against powerhouse Connecticut.

The national game represented the first time an American Indian appeared in a NCAA national basketball championship game. The two sisters provided a bonus: There were two American Indians who played in the game.

Shoni Schimmel displaying her talents against LSU Tigers. Photo Courtesy: NDNSports.com

Shoni Schimmel displaying her talents against LSU Tigers. Photo Courtesy: NDNSports.com

In Sunday’s Sweet Sixteen rout over the LSU Tigers, Louisville’s head coach Jeff Walz gave some of his regular players rests late in the game and were replaced by reserves.

The Cardinal’s all-time three-point shooter Shoni Schimmel saw 30 minutes of play time, but still led the team in scoring with 19 points. Late last month,  Schimmel was named to the WBCA All-Region 1 team.

Jude Schimmel played only 26 minutes and added five points for her Cardinals. She opened up the 2014 NCAA Tournament with 14 points and four assists against Idaho.

Tip-off time is 7:00 p.m. – EDT, tonight, Tuesday, April 1, 2014, at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville. The game will be televised nationally on ESPN2. Check your local television listings for channel information.

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