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UNCASVILLE, CONNECTICUT — The Schimmel sisters, Shoni and Jude, did not disappoint American Indians who watched the “sister act” to help the Louisville Cardinals women’s basketball team win in the American Athletic Conference semifinals on Sunday afternoon on ESPNU.
The Schimmel sisters are tribal citizens of the Confederated Tribe of Umatilla Indians, based in Pendleton, Oregon.
The No. 3 Cardinals squeaked by the USF with a 60-56 victory to move them to tonight’s final of the American Athletic Conference tournament against No.1 seeded Connecticut.
In Sunday’s semifinal game, with the score tied at 56, Courtney Williams missed a 3-pointer with 10 seconds left for South Florida. Shoni Schimmel then drove up the court and pulled up in the lane for the go-ahead jumper. Her sister, Jude, stole the ball at midcourtfrom Williams and hit two free throws to seal the win.
“I saw a few people behind me and just kind of went with the ball,” Shoni Schimmel said. “I saw we had numbers in transition, the pull-up was there, and nobody picked me up so I shot it.”
Trailing 51-46 with just over 8 minutes left, Louisville rallied behind consecutive 3-pointers by Tia Gibbs and Shoni Schimmel. Those were Schimmel’s first points of the second half.
Two free throws by Gibbs gave Louisville a 56-54 lead. Orekhova got fouled on the other end, and the 90 percent free throw shooter, who had made 36 straight from the line, missed the front end of a 1-and-1. Williams’ putback with1:10 left tied it at 56, setting up the frantic finish.
The Cardinals trailed 20-10 midway through the first half before they gotgoing. Louisville scored 16 of the next 20 points, including three 3-pointers by Shoni Schimmel.
Jude Schimmel made a layup to give the Cardinals their first lead ofthe game at 26-24. Shoni Schimmel’s fourth 3-pointer of the half made it 33-29 at the break.
The Schimmel sisters will be back on the court tonight for the Louisville Cardinals against Connecticut on ESPN at 7:00 p.m. – EDT.