Shoni and Jude Schimmel: Why they kick ass

  • Shoni and Jude Schimmel are are indispensable members for The Louisville Cardinal women’s basketball team, and are also tribal members of the Confederated Tribe of Umatilla Indians. They are also the only American Indians to ever play in a NCAA Division 1 basketball title game.
  • When she was a junior in high school, Shoni was the subject of a documentary entitled Off the Rez, as she attempted to become the first from her reservation to gain an athletic scholarship. she succeeded, and her sister followed in her footsteps, even winning the Elite 89 award earlier in the tournament, a distinction given to the top student-athlete participating at each NCAA championship site. 
  • They’ve become inspirations to thousands around the country, while only  three years ago Shoni and Jude were budding superstars at Franklin High School in Southeast Portland; two teenagers with flash and flair who left the reservation and talked about setting a positive example for young Natives.
  • Shoni and Jude commanded attention throughout the tournament, leading Louisville to a shocking win over No. 1 Baylor, considered the biggest upset in tournament history. ESPN showed pictures of a young Shoni and Jude in full tribal wear, as fans across the country became familiar with their backstory.
  • The fifth-seeded Cardinals were the lowest seed in history to play in a title game and with most of their players back, they will be a Top 5 team next season. “Without a doubt, this is going down as one of the greatest runs in women’s basketball,”

check out how gorgeous Umatilla sisters Shoni & Jude Schimmel look with their Louisville Cardinals teammates at the ESPYs! for those that are woefully behind, the Schimmel sisters are two of Indian Country’s rising basketball stars—their team is the runner-up NCAA women’s champion.

OMG. Shoni and Jude stayed until about 1000 people lined up for autographs. Each got one! CONGRATULATIONS LOUISVILLE CARDINALS!!! 2013 Preseason WNIT Champions! Umatilla thrillas took down the Oklahoma Sooners in overtime. Shoni and Jude are our champions and we will continue to follow them all the way to the 2014 NCAA Women’s Championship. #5 National Rating. 5-0 and on a roll. GO LADY CARDS!!! (Shoni & the Elk Soldier drum group pictured)

Off The Rez.

It’s about the Schimmels. They’re cool.

Keep an eye out for me- I played with them soph and senior year.  I was also very bad at basketball, but Ceci absolutely made me better. Anyway, it’s a really cool story and I really respect them as a family and Ceci as a coach. She’s fabulous. Shoni is obviously an incredible basketball player, considering she starts for Louisville as a freshman. But yeah, watch it.

NPR Article

Mission, Oregon–April 9, 2013– Basketball has long been the most popular sport on Native American reservations, but Oregon sisters Shoni and Jude Schimmel, who belong to Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla in Eastern Oregon, may take the sport to a new level after they led Louisville to the national title game. About two hours before the tip off, kids on the reservation were playing ball and talking about the sisters’ accomplishments on what is known as Shaydin’s Hoop on Walla Walla Court. Photo by Jamie Francis/The Oregonian