'One of the Biggest Upsets in History': Native Guard Shoni Schimmel Drives Louisville Past Top-Seeded Baylor
That just happened. The Louisville Cardinals women's hoops squad knocked off the top-seeded Baylor Lady Bears last night in a Sweet Sixteen matchup in the NCAA women's basketball tournament, pulling off one of the biggest upsets in the history of the competition.
It's no surprise that the Louisville women were a 24-point underdog to Baylor in Las Vegas casinos, according to gambling expert R.J. Bell of Pregame.com. Considered a lock for the Final Four -- and prohibitive favorites to win a second straight championship -- All-American Brittney Griner, the second-highest scoring player in NCAA history, and her Lady Bears got bounced 82-81, though, by fifth-seeded Louisville in the NCAA regional semifinal.
Leading the charge for the U of L was, again, All-Everything point guard Shoni Schimmel. She drained five three-pointers and hit from everywhere else closer to the hoop, finishing with a team-high 22 points. Shoni's sister and super sixth-woman, Jude Schimmel, added six points, five rebounds and three assists, tied for tops on the team. The Schimmel sisters are from the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Reservation in Oregon.
Next up for the Schimmels and the Cardinals is another tough test: They'll face the second-seeded Tennessee Lady Volunteers in the Elite Eight tomorrow night, April 2, at 9 pm/ET. The game will air on ESPN2 and online on ESPN3 (check Espn.go.com/watchespn, for listings details.).