Shoni Schimmel became team’s fourth highest scorer on Sunday afternoon.
LOUISVILLE — Shoni and Jude Schimmel – the pride of Indian country – did not disappoint those in Indian country who watched them as the two Umatilla sisters helped their Louisville Cardinals women’s basketball team win on Sunday afternoon, December 29. The game was televised to a national audience on ESPNU.
The Louisville Cardinals beat the Southern Methodist University Mustangs 71 – 51 in a game that opened American Athletic Conference play.
The two sisters are tribal citizens of the Confederated Tribe of Umatilla Indians.
Senior Shoni Schimmel led the No. 7 Louisville Cardinals with 18 points and minutes played when she contributed 29. Schimmel hit three-pointers late in the first half.
Junior Jude Schimmel started the game and contributed two points and seven assists while playing 22 minutes during the victory.
Signs could be seen in the KFC Yum! Center that read: “You’ve been Schimmeled” and one that read “Sister Act!” with photos of Shoni and Jude on it.
The team took a 15 point lead into half-time. Using good defense, the Cardinals went on a 16-3 run to open the second half.
During the game, Shoni Schimmel pushed her career total as a Cardinal to 1,738 points, which moves her into fourth place on the career points list passing Monique Red and Kristin Mottox. She needs 68 points to surpass Jazz Covington for third on the list.
Schimmel’s 18 points against SMU continues her double figure scoring streak to 12 straight games this season. The 12 games is the longest streak of double-digit points for her since her 21-game streak during her freshman season.
The next game for the Sister Act is against Temple on New Year’s Day in Philadelphia.