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NCAA Native American Night, the Schimmel Sister Act.


Native American Night Mar.3, 2014For sports fans, especially NCAA women’s basketball fans, tonight is Native American Night. The #3 Louisville Cardinals take on the #1 ranked UConn Huskies in Louisville’s Senior Game night.

The Schimmel Sisters, Shoni ’14 and Jude ’15 are the Native stars of the Louisville Cardinals and the Native sports community. The Schimmels are from the Umatilla Tribe of Oregon.

In these recent years the sister act has been an inspiration to indigenous people all over for their athletic abilities and their show of Native pride on and off the court.

In 2010, Shoni was one of the select freshmen to start in their very first game. While the game was not the Cardinals’ best it was a huge opener to a new era in Cardinal history. Four years later not only Shoni, but also her sister Jude has lead the Cardinals to new heights.

Jude Schimmel #22 and Shoni Schimmel #23
Jude Schimmel #22 and Shoni Schimmel #23

The two, last year with quick moves and some awesome three pointers gave their team to a huge upset against Baylor and brought their team to the Championships with there amazing talent.

Tonight the Native community will be in unison watching Shoni, who has made history this year with her 2,027 career points, making her second in the program for career points, and the leader in Louisville stats with 366 three pointers and 569 assists.

For Shoni, this is her last regular season home game and she will be passing the torch to her younger sister, Jude, to continue the Schimmel legacy for the University of Louisville and for the Native sports community.

Many will be watching and live tweeting with the hashtag #SchimmelShow to show their support for these inspirational two. The Schimmels have given Indian country and especially youth a set of modern role models who have both pursued and prospered in higher education and athletics with great dedication and the support of one another.

I wish I could be there to watch this showdown in person tonight, but my TV will be tuned in on ESPN2 at 7pm to watch these incredible ladies make even more history.

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