Associated Press/Alonzo Adams - Louisville's bench, including Bria Smith (21) and Shoni Schimmel (23), celebrates the winning free throws against Baylor during the second half of a regional semifinal in the women's NCAA college basketball tournament in Oklahoma City, Sunday, March 31, 2013. Louisville won 82-81. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adam

'One of the Biggest Upsets in History': Native Guard Shoni Schimmel Drives Louisville Past Top-Seeded Baylor

April 01, 2013

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 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, for listings details.).



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Awesome young ladies! It was great watching them play. Go Louisville! Didn't much like the calls that weren't made when Baylor was over the back but they won anyway.

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Proud as a parent for the talented Schimmel sisters of the Umatilla Tribe.

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Here this picture is so much more about gloating but it represents a Native woman being able to shine on a national level and say "we are here too". Beyond that Shoni literally stood up and said, "our people have so many unseen and unknown talented athletes and the African American is not the only minority group that counts or that can be competitive." I thought of it when I saw this picture and how moving it is. Shoni Schimmel had had enough of being discounted and she went to work. Will she ever know the ferocity and impact it had for Native women and all Native athletes? That is meant to be seen but I expect great things from this lady.

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Not a surprise here in Oklahoma. Anadarko High School is a perennial basketball power in the state for both boys and girls. Native Americans can hoop!

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I watched this game and mad props to Shoni, Jude, and the rest of the Louisville Basketball team, they were shooting hot from the get, I hope they go all the way!

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Not happy with ESPN's choice to cover Baylor when the story was Shoni taking it to this year's greatest player in the history of women's basketball: lay-ups, 3 point shots, and so much Native-style smart, wily basketball! I mean what about when she shot the 3, missed the shot, but got the foul and made all 3 free-throws! And then ESPN replaying the offensive foul, hinting that it was a questionable call! What about the very questionable offensive foul against Louisville just a couple plays before that? It was not street ball that brought down Baylor-it was Native ball! I love it!

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As a Louisville fan I am embarrassed how this team played VS Baylor. We will forever be known as bush league thugs and for all you so called "Native" Americans that take pride in such thug like behavior you should be ashamed of yourself at least the Baylor players especially the Griner girl stayed composed and did not resort to what she was being dealt.

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you and jude are doing great, can not wait for the next game/ i told grandma jane to head to new\ orl for the game wish i could go but work and someone needs to take care of molly keep it up

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you and jude are doing great, can not wait for the next game/ i told grandma jane to head to new\ orl for the game wish i could go but work and someone needs to take care of molly keep it up

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Go Cardinals, watching with great joy, the sister Schimmel act!

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I had the opportunity to watch the "L" team play Baylor and Tennessee and I am so proud of the team, especially the Schimmel sisters ... WOW!! Am looking forward to the next game.


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