Sweet Sixteen for the Schimmel Sisters
Despite an off-shooting night by All Big-East point guard Schoni Schimmel (4-11), the fifth-seeded University of Louisville Cardinals rolled, knocking out the fourth-seeded Purdue Boilermakers 76-63 last night, March 26, in Louisville. With the win, the Cards advance to the Sweet Sixteen round.
Schimmel finished with 14 points and 4 rebounds. Her sister, sophmore super sixth-woman Jude, netted seven points, adding a team-leading six assists and eight steals. The sisters are from the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Reservation in Oregon.
Louisville never trailed in beating Purdue for the first time in six games. These teams hadn't met since 1993, and the Cardinals' program has grown to a new level in the past two decades with this -- a game that had Louisville men's coach Rick Pitino in the stands as part of a very loud crowd of 9,236. The U of L men are the overall top seed in the men's tournament.
"It was awesome to have that many people out there cheering us on," Shoni Schimmel told ESPN. "So it was great to have them behind us."
Now the Cardinals (26-8) will play either top-seeded Baylor or Florida State on Sunday in Oklahoma City in the program's fourth regional semifinal in the past six years.
Here's an oldie but a goodie: A clip from 2011 showing what the sisters can do together with the Cards hoops team.