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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Louisville Women's Soccer defeat Syracuse 1-0...Saturday Cardinal Couple



SATURDAY CARDINAL COUPLE

- Yenney scores early...Soccer downs the Orange


- Volleyball takes two in Rice tournament
- Field Hockey hosts #1 UNC today
- CARDINAL COUPLE RADIO IS ON THE AIR!
 
 
 
Erin Yenney wasted no time in getting the Kickin' Cards on the board last night in Lynn Stadium and her early goal against visiting Syracuse proved to be all the Cards needed in winning their first ACC game of the season.

The Cards capitalized on a penalty corner and Victoria Martins pass to Yenney resulted in the only score of the game at the 2:03 mark of the first half. It was the first score of the season for the Troy, OH senior. 

The Cardinal defense took care of business the rest of the way...allowing no Syracuse shots on goal in the first half and only three in the final 45 minutes. Louisville ended up with five shots on goal...Isabella "Bella" Habuda taking three of them.

Freshman Chatham DeProspo nearly made it 2-0 in the final half. Her long range attempt with 21 minutes left in the contest looked like it was going in the net but soared over the goal's top bar by less than an inch. 

Enough cannot be said about the defensive effort from Louisville last night. The Cards have now held opponents scoreless in three halves of soccer...and moving DeProspo back to help defend as a mid back with Inger Katrine Bjerke, Hannah Konermann, Rachel Avant and Chinyelu Asher has created an unpenetrable line of defense that stymies opponents. How it will hold up against powerhouses Florida State, Miami and Duke remains to be seen...but Coach KFD has built the Great Wall right here in Lynn Stadium.

Goalie Paige Brown picked up her second shut out of the season...Louisville (4-4) gets back to the .500 mark and now prepares for a three game road swing that will take them to Florida State Thursday night, Miami (FL) Sunday afternoon and to Duke on Oct 4th. 

BE SURE TO LISTEN TO CARDINAL COUPLE RADIO TODAY FOR POST GAME, EXCLUSIVE COMMENTS FROM COACH KAREN FERGUSON DAYES, ERIN YENNEY AND CHATHAM DEPROSPO. 

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Louisville Wide Netters sweep in Rice Invitational

Rice was on the evening menu at the Rice Invitational for Louisville Volleyball and the Cards cleaned the plate...taking down the Owls in straight sets...25-19, 25-22, 25-19.

The Cards got 14 kills each from Maya McClendon and Janelle Jenkins and strong middle play from Tess Clark, Tara Gowan and Maggie DeJong to take the match.

Early in the day, Louisville romped Stephen F. Austin in straight sets 25-17, 25-19, 25-22. McClendon had 13 kills in the matinee and the Cards got strong support from Clark, Jenkins and Laura Blab.

Louisville (7-4) has won four out of their last five and will finish off this morning against Texas Southern @ 11:30.

Be sur to tune in to CARDINAL COUPLE RADIO this morning at 11 AM to hear Jeff McAdams comments and analysis on Anne Kordes' crew.


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FIELD HOCKEY STICKS CHALLENGE #1 TODAY


The #1 ranked UNC Lady Heels invade Trager Stadium today at 1 p.m. to take on Justin Sowry's flock in ACC Field Hockey action.

It's Kids Day at Trager and the team will be holding free clinics for the young, aspring stick swingers beginning at 10 AM. There will also be refreshments, free sunglasses to the first 100 fans and....a Bouncy Castle!

(You're never too old to go in the Bouncy Castle....)

The Cards could rock the ACC and National Field Hockey world with a win today. Louisville is 5-1 on the season...and ranked 14th. in the latest Field Hockey polls. UNC has been very impressive with a 5-0 record and allowing just 4 goals all season...while scoring 20 against five top-25 opponents.

Plenty of time to take this one in before Louisville Football on TV at 3:30. Please support Louisville Field Hockey. And join Jeff and I in the Bouncy Castle.

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CARDINAL COUPLE RADIO returns to the ethernet after a week off. We have a busy hour ahead of us....discussing women's soccer, volleyball, field hockey, softball and exclusive interviews with Justine Sowry, Karen Ferguson Dayes, Erin Yenney and Chatham DeProspo.

You should tune in. Link below

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Women's Soccer faces Syracuse in ACC opener -- Cardinal Couple Friday


WOMEN'S SOCCER ENTERS ACC PLAY WITH STIFF TEST


No one said it would be easy for the UofL women's soccer team this year. A young squad, a new conference and a new facility. The Cards will get their indoctrination to ACC soccer tonight against a dangerous Syracuse opponent. 

There are questions galore about the 2015 Kickin' Cards. What happened at Morehead? Where do the Cards need to improve the most...offense or defense? Can they maintain a high attendance rate at home games? The season is still relatively young. Freshmen grow up very fast...especially when they are playing the caliber of ACC opponents. 

Get out and support Karen Ferguson Dayes' crew. We will have our exclusive interview with KFD and her post-game comments on our Saturday morning radio show. Be sure to tune in at 11 a.m.

 UofL asst. SID Kim Pemberton breaks tonight's match down much better than I can. Her details are below. 

Show up. Go Cards! 

Louisville will host Syracuse in the ACC opener at Dr. Mark and Cindy Lynn Stadium
 on Friday, Sept. 19 at 7:30 p.m. Louisville enters the match with an overall record of
 3-4-0. The Cardinals are coming off an exciting win against Kent State last Sunday
 at Lynn Stadium. Louisville went into halftime with a two-goal deficit. Adjustments
 were made in the back line and upfront and the Cardinals came out with a 3-2 overtime win.


Freshman reserve Isabella Habuda leads Louisville in scoring with three goals
 for six points. Freshman Chatham DeProspo ranks second on the team with
one goal and one assist for three points. Sophomore keeper Paige Brown leads
 the team in goal with 12 saves and a 1.57 goals against average.


Head coach Karen Ferguson-Dayes is in her 15th season with the Cardinals.
 She has guided Louisville to four NCAA Tournament appearances and a
 Sweet 16 appearance in 2011. Ferguson-Dayes has guided Louisville to
 double-digit wins in the last four consecutive seasons.


SCOUTING SYRACUSE
Syracuse enters the match with an overall record of 3-2-3. Last Sunday,
 freshman Jessica Vigna scored her first career goal and dished out an assist
 to help Syracuse to a 2-2 tie at Drexel. Syracuse finished with 19-13 sho
t advantage while sophomore goalkeeper Mackenzie Moranz recorded five saves.


Sophomore Stephanie Skilton leads Syracuse in scoring with five goals
 and one assist for 11 points. Freshman Alex Lamontagne ranks second
 on the team in scoring with three goals and one assist for seven points
. Moranz leads the team in goal with a 1.02 goals against average so far
 this season. She has also collected 34 saves. As a team, Syracuse is
 averaging 1.88 goals per game and 17 shots per game.


Phil Weddon is in his seventh season as the head coach of Syracuse
women's soccer team. Under Weddon's tutelage, the team holds an overall
 record of 39-57-16. Weddon guided the Orange to its best start in 10 years
 in 2013, which was also the school's inaugural year in the
Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC).


THE SERIES
The Cardinals lead the series 2-0-1. Louisville and Syracuse last met on
 Sept. 21, 2012 at Cardinal Park. The match ended as a 1-1 tie.


UP NEXT
The Cardinals will hit the road as they travel to Tallahassee, Fla. to
take on No. 7 Florida State on Thursday, Sept. 25. The Seminoles and
 Cardinals will hit the pitch for a 7:00 p.m. kickoff at the Seminole Soccer Complex.


LOUISVILLE IN CONFERENCE OPENERS
Louisville will play its first ACC opener on Friday, Sept. 19 against Syracuse.
 The Cardinals are 9-8-2 in conference openers, since joining Conference USA
 during the 1995 season.


LYNN STADIUM OPENING
After 14 seasons at Cardinal Park, the Louisville soccer programs officially opens
 its new home in 2014 with the debut of Dr. Mark and Cindy Lynn Stadium.

The Cardinals played their final official match at Cardinal Park on Nov. 16, 2013
when they hosted Illinois State in a first round match in the NCAA Championship.
Playing host to some of the program's most memorable matches, Cardinal Park
 remains as the home to the Louisville track and field program. Located across
 from Papa John's Cardinal Stadium just south of Cardinal Park on Floyd Street,
 Lynn Stadium is a state-of the-art stadium featuring a capacity of more than
5,300 as well as a 15,500-square-foot training center. The Cardinals' move
 into the highly competitive ACC this season is aided by arguably the nation's
best soccer facility.


RECORD BREAKING CROWDS
Louisville shattered the previous attendance record with 5,100 at the
 Dr. Mark and Cindy Lynn Stadium debut. The record crowd witnessed
 the Cardinals defeat Ole Miss 1-0 on Aug. 29, 2014. The previous record
 was 2,643 in the Cards' win over Kentucky on Sept. 9, 2010 in Cardinal Park.
 The following weekend the second best crowd in school history
(4,166)packed Lynn Stadium to watch the Cards take on Kentucky.
 So far this season the Cardinals are averaging 3,151 fans a match.
• The Cardinals currently rank fourth in the nation in average attendance this
 season. The Cardinals are averaging 3,151 fans a match. Louisville ranks
 behind South Carolina with 3,761, North Carolina with 3, 466 and Portland
 with 3,169.
• The Cardinals record breaking crowd of 5,100 against Ole Miss ranks as
 the fifth largest crowd to see a women's soccer game this season.


FRESHMAN HEAVY
Louisville has 12 freshmen on the roster. It is the biggest freshman
class that Karen Ferguson-Dayes has signed at Louisville. In the
opening weekend five of the 12 freshmen started in both matches.
 So far this season eight freshmen have seen action on the field.

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Louisville Softball and Lacrosse announce fall schedules -- Thursday Cardinal Couple



Softball hosts seven games in fall



If you can't wait for the thrill and excitement of University of Louisville softball this spring...you don't have to! Sandy Pearsall has released the fall schedule for the Bat Cards an the next three weekends will feature action at Ulmer Stadium. 

Saturday, September 20
12:00pm - Louisville vs. Bellarmine
2:30pm - Louisville vs. Eastern Kentucky
4:30pm - Bellarmine vs. Eastern Kentucky
Sunday, September 21
11:00 am - Bellarmine vs. Wallace State
1:30pm - Louisville vs. Wallace State
4:00 pm - Louisville vs. Bellarmine
September 26
7:00pm - Louisville vs. Alumnae
October 4
12:00pm - Louisville vs. Campbellsville
2:30pm - Louisville vs. Campbellsville 



Softball at UofL is free and the newly renovated Ulmer


Stadium doesn't have a bad seat in it. The Cards return six


starters and 13 letter-winners from the 2014 AAC 


Championship team.




All AAC Kayla Soles and Whitney Arion are back...plus All-


NCAA Central Region pitcher Maryssa Becker. Hard-hitting 


Kelsi Jones and Brittany Duncan return for their senior 


seasons also. The Cards continue with the youth movement


having eight freshmen or new players on campus...so it'll be


your first chance to look at the future of the Cards as they


prepare for their first ACC season this spring.



Batter up! 





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FALL LACROSSE FEATURES





Kellie Young and the 


Louisville Lacrosse team are


taking a different approach


to their fall season...hitting


the road for


their first four matches


before returning to cozy Louisville 


Lacrosse Stadium.



2014 Fall Schedule
Sept. 27...at Boston University...Boston, Mass.
Sept. 28...at Harvard Tournament...Cambridge, Mass.
Oct. 5...at John Hopkins...Baltimore, Md.
Oct. 11...at James Madison...Harrisonburg, Va.
Oct. 17...Team Banquet...Louisville, Ky.
Oct. 18...Alumnae Game...Louisville, Ky.
Oct. 25...vs. Marquette and vs. Detroit Mercy...Louisville, Ky.


LAX Louisville returns some of our favorites and past 


Cardinal Couple Radio guests in Faye (Fabian) Brust, Kaylin 


Morissette, Steph McNamara, Cortnee Daley and Kayla 


Sleece. They'll help 12 freshmen get acclimated to the 


Louisville Lacrosse Program. 



The Cards went 16-4 last season and won the BIG EAST 


regular season and tournament titles. They also advanced 


to the second round of the NCAA Tournament before falling


to Northwestern.



Time to break out " Joker and the Thief"...Lacrosse is 


back, baby ! 


JOKER AND THE THIEF - WOLFMOTHER


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Finally today, we bring you further on Fuehring. This from the
Observer's website CARD GAME. Thanks to Charlie Springer for the permission. You can access Charlie every day at:

CARD GAME



Fuehring had great feeling about Louisville before making the trip

 • September 17, 2014 • 0 Comments
Samantha Fuehring says knew before she got to the University of Louisville on her official visit that UofL was where she wanted to play her college basketball.
“Before visiting, I always had a gut feeling. And I just woke up one day and said I need to go here,” Fuehring told NJ.com. “And just visiting there made everything much better. I felt like I fit in. The coaching staff was great, the girls were funny, and everything was just amazing there.”
Samantha Fuehring
Samantha Fuehring
Fuehring, a 6-foot-3 forward, averaged 20.9 points and 7.8 rebounds per game for a Lodi, N.J. Immaculate Conception team that went 22-6 last season. She is ranked 26th by ProspectNations.com and she picked UofL over California, Dayton, Rutgers, Seton Hall, South Carolina and Tennessee.
Tri-State Media.com describes Fuehring as “an edgy, hard-nosed forward with perimeter skills and a college-ready body. Sam prefers to bang inside than score outside but does both with a high level of efficiency. She plays with intensity and is a fierce competitor.”

U of L’s 2015 class, which is ranked No. 2 nationally by All-Star Girls Report behind only UConn, also includes No. 2 Asia Durr (guard), No. 15 Taja Cole (guard), No. 27 Erin DeGrate (center) and No. 33 Brianna Jones (guard).


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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Sam Fuehring joins 2015 WBB Class -- Wednesday Cardinal Couple



WEDNESDAY CARDINAL COUPLE

- SAM FUEHRING JOINS 2015 WBB CLASS



Louisville's women's basketball recruiting class just keeps getting better. UofL coach Jeff Walz landed a commitment from 6-foot-3 post player Sam Fuehring Tuesday.


The four-star recruit from Immaculate Conception High in Lodi, N.J., is ranked No. 26 overall by ProspectsNation.com and No. 65 overall by ESPN.com.


This is a great "get" for the Cards for 2015. As we mentioned in an article about her a couple of days back, she is a true "4" or power forward and will compliment classmate Erin De Grate in the paint for this class. Fuehring is one of those hard working, blue collar, paint dwellers that will remind many of Sara Hammond. 


In watching her vids, another strong paint player comes to mind as well...and that is former DePaul star Katherine Harry. Harry knew her fundamentals and always had big efforts in the paint against the Cards and is doing quite well making a living playing Euroball in Greece and Italy. 

Fuehring's strength is that she is a true player for the postition she plays and will give the Cards an undeniable rebounding and inside scoring threat. In past years, the Cards have had very few true power forwards...Monique Reid, Shawnta Dyer, Asia Taylor and Candyce Bingham come to mind...that have had the dual ability to be a boards monster, an effective part of the transition game Walz uses to blow past teams and play strong defense.

We have a lot of fun basketball ahead of us. Myisha Hines-Allen will give the Cards a boost on a front line that gets back Hammond, Sherrone Vails, Shawnta Dyer, "E" Henderson and Cortnee Walton.

I got a chance to speak very briefly with Vails on Tuesday when I was on campus. As I was taking the escalator down from the SAC 2nd floor, this tall, beautiful woman went bounding down the steps past me. "3" was moving gracefully with no apparant signs of pain from her surgery and told me she felt great. Choking back the tears, I told her I looked up to her and she got a huge smile on her face. I told her it was because she's 6'4" and I'm 6'3". The smile got even wider. Here's hoping she can come of the year off and resume the shot-swatting and inside scoring that the Odenton, MD center has shown in the past.

I really want 11/14/14 to get here fast.

                                                                                                                                                                                                         What makes Sam Fuehring one of the most coveted recruits in the Class of 2015 is her undeniable
versatility. The 6-3 forward from Lodi Immaculate can confidently put the ball on the floor and drive through the lane, make you pay when you don’t respect her perimeter range, incorporate teams with sharp recognition and own the glass with a vice-like grip

MHA will be a very popular Cardinal
 She consistently delivered in all the aforementioned areas with a prideful polish indicative of how serious she takes her role. Fuehring, who eclipsed the 1,000-point plateau as a sophomore and is just over 400 points shy of 2,000 for her career, has been a catalyst in the rise of the BlueWolves, who boast a 66-17 mark during her stint. As a junior, she clicked for 20.9 points, including a career-high 35 in a 58-45 victory over Piscataway, scored no less than 11 points in any game, grabbed 7.8 rebounds and dished out 1.5 assists as Lodi Immaculate fashioned a 22-6 record.


Yes...the classes of 2014 and 2015 give UofL womens' basketball fans plenty to look forward to. Let's not forget about the girls who got the Cards this far, though. Sara, Jude, Bria, Cortnee, Megan and "E" have earned their respect. Shawnta and Sherrone are coming back to strengthen the front line.

Any thoughts of this being a rebuilding or reloading year for Louisville women's basketball can be left in the hallway with the umbrella. The sun continues to shine on this program and 2014-15 is forecast to have bright and sunny skies for the Mad Scientest and his crew.

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LOUISVILLE WOMEN'S GOLF WINS


The Louisville women's golf squad took the title at the Cardinal Club with an impressive win in Simpsonville in Cardinal Cup competition that ended Tuesday.

Louisville's black team, winners of both tournaments this season, shot a 7-over-par 295 for the final day and finished with a six-shot advantage over Memphis. The Cardinals utilized nine birdies in the final round to overtake Middle Tennessee State, which held a nine-shot lead, but finished fifth in the standings after a 32-over-par 320.

TEAM STANDINGS (top five)
1. Louisville Black - 303-290-295; 2. Memphis - 301-293-300; 3. Kennesaw State - 298-302-297; 4. James Madison - 303-298-300; 5. Middle Tennessee State - 289-295-320
INDIVIDUAL RESULTS
Louisville Black
4. Emily Haas - 78-71-71; t-5. Katie Mitchell - 74-74-73; t-11. Katie Petrino - 75-73-76; t-14. Louise Oxner - 79-72-75; t-39. Laura Restrepo - 76-76-80
Louisville Red
t-14. Sara Karlsson - 79-72-75; t-18. Shannon Gramley - 75-75-77; t-26. Molly Skapik - 78-74-77; t-42. Emily Kurey - 76-77-80; t-71. Haley Andreas - 85-80-77


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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Tuesday Cardinal Couple -- Shoni selected.


            =======BREAKING NEWS======

Jeff Walz has added another to the Class of 2015. 6'3" power forward Sam Fuehring verballed to the Cards today. We'll have much more on this in the Wednesday edition of Cardinal Couple


It was announced today by the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (NCAIED) that Shoni Schimmel is one of forty recipients named to the 2014 “Native American 40 Under 40″ award. This prestigious award recognizes 40 emerging American Indian leaders from across Indian Country who have demonstrated leadership, initiative, and dedication and made significant contributions in business and/or in their community.

The 2014 Native American 40 Under 40 Awards will be presented at NCAIED’s 39th Annual Indian Progress In Business Awards Gala (INPRO) being held at RES Wisconsin October 8th at the Potawatomi Hotel & Casino.

Schimmel, a member of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, was the highest drafted Native American in the WNBA draft this year and was also named the MVP of the 2014 WNBA All-Star basketball game where she set an All-Star game record of 29 points and became the first ever rookie to receive the MVP Award of the game. Shoni also broke the record for most 3-point shots in the all-star game with (7) made

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Atlanta Dream guard Shoni Schimmel drives through the lane to make a running layup against the Seattle Storm
Atlanta Dream guard Shoni Schimmel drives through the lane to make a running layup against the Seattle Storm
Cary Rosenbaum
• Fri, Sep 12, 2014
Sisters buoy Indian Country's first celebrity family
The Schimmel family stands tallest in the view of the Native American eye because of the success surrounding two of its 10 members.
One, Shoni, age 22, is the successful WNBA player who just capped off her rookie campaign with an All-Star most valuable player award.

The other, Jude, a 20-year-old senior guard at Louisville starting her master’s degree with a goal of helping the family with the legal side of sports in the event she doesn’t follow in her sister’s shoes.

The Umatilla tribal duo highlighted events in the Pacific Northwest in August, with Shoni and the Atlanta Dream playing at the Seattle Storm and Jude speaking in Worley, Idaho for the United National Indian Tribal Youth Conference.

They were both given microphones to preach their universal message: American Indians should look at them and say, “If they can do it, I can do it.”

“I tell people don’t be like Shoni Schimmel,” Shoni said, “be better than Shoni Schimmel.”

“We’re doing it for all Native Americans,” Jude said.

These sisters elevate their family into the spotlight as well, which could be seen at the Worley Longhouse with the family, sans Shea and Shoni, in attendance. A young girl wanted to know what goals teenage brothers Mick and Jobe have.

The media loves them, too. In April of 2013, the Associated Press wrote a story titled, “Schimmel parents get married after win over Baylor.”

But mother Ceci Schimmel suggested their family’s journey — which shot them into the spotlight after Jonathan Hock’s “Off The Rez,” documentary — was never about fame.

“In setting our goals as a family and as individuals, it was never ever about fame,” she said, noting her philosophy is to do good for others so it will return back. “That’s the mentality that I always try to instill in my kids that you always be helpful: You be that shepherd where you’re helping your people.

“Believe me, with that probably follows fame, only because people love you and want to support you because you’re being loving.”

The head of the household and the spokesman for the family is known as ‘Ricky Schim.’ It was a name the man from Pendleton, Ore. earned through more than 25 years of assimilation into tribal culture. He is the disciplinarian who preaches positive habit building.

“We only have two bad habits in this family,” he said, “and that’s cussing and drinking pop.”

‘Loud and Proud’
Although they have a non-Indian father in Rick, Shoni and Jude have not had problems coping with their identity.

Their mother made it easy. They were given a choice: Be white or American Indian.

“I said, ‘I don’t care what you are. If you want to go white, go loud and proud. I’m cool with that. If you want to go Native, I’m even prouder,’” she said.

It’s not hard to guess what they chose.

“I’m loud and proud Native,” Shoni said.

Jude said she embraces her light skin, light hair and green eyes.

“It’s not necessarily how you look but how you act and your culture and background. I don’t let (my features) bother me. I’m still Native … it’s where you come from and how you present yourself.”

And Shoni found out first-hand that presenting yourself as Native comes with discrimination. She recalled playing in a tournament in Warm Springs, Ore. as a child where a referee picked on her because of her heritage.

“Growing up, you come up with a lot of adversity,” she said.

Ceci said that the adversity is tough to overcome for Indians of the Umatilla Reservation, by nearby Pendleton, Ore.

“Where I come from, Pendleton is very racist to Native Americans,” she said. “The things they have said and done to me since I was 10 years old, seriously I could probably write a trail of tears documentary on the stuff I’ve gone through.

“A normal person wouldn’t go through what I’ve gone through and survive it. It’s sickening actually.” A generation later, the prejudice has continued, Ceci said.

“They’ve done stuff to Shea, my oldest son, and Shoni,” she said. “It’s traumatizing.”

To help bring awareness, Shoni and Jude brought their Louisville teammates back to their reservation to expose them to their culture.

“They thought, ‘This is really cool, maybe the whole world should see this,” Jude recalled.
The family has since relocated to Lapwai, Idaho.

Against all odds
It seemed like just yesterday, Jude said, she and Shoni were playing ball outdoors on the Umatilla Indian Reservation, pretending to be NBA and WNBA players. Cynthia Cooper, Sue Bird and Michael Jordan were just a few of them.

Growing up, they attended open gym religiously, playing with and against the boys, which Shoni called fun “because they’re a lot faster, bigger and stronger than you. It gives you motivation.”

When it came to making the leap to Franklin High School in Portland, the family received criticism, Shoni said.

“It was a big thing,” she said. “Everybody’s like, ‘You can’t move off the reservation. You’re not supposed to.’ It was a bigger thing for my family.”

Shoni recalled being looked down upon by some from home, but acknowledged the move would only help develop her as a person.

And develop it did.

The Schimmels would go on to lead Franklin to back-to-back playoff appearances, with Shoni gaining the attention of dozens of Division I schools.

Then came the time to make a decision, where she chose to attend Louisville to play for Jeff Walz.

The reservation again beckoned. But her mother had instilled in her the power to persist.
“One thing my mom always told me when I was younger, it’s only four years of your life,” Shoni said. “You can always come back to the reservation if you want to. The rez is always home, it’s always gonna be there.

Jude wasn’t far behind.

“It was for my own benefit to go off and try to be successful and make the most of my life,” Jude said.

They teamed up to lead the No. 5-seeded Cardinals to the national championship in 2013, where the underdogs fell 93-60 to the heavily favored University of Connecticut. Last year, they lost a close one to Maryland, 76-73, in the Elite 8.

After earning All-American recognition, Shoni was selected by the Atlanta Dream with the eighth overall pick.

Continuing to grow

About a month from the culmination of her collegiate career, Shoni was back on the basketball court as the Dream opened up the regular season on May 16 against San Antonio.
She debuted with team-record 11 assists. Despite starting just two games all season, she was selected by her fans to the WNBA All-Star team, where she earned MVP after scoring 29 points and dishing out eight assists.

Atlanta, 18-13 at the end of the season, earned the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference before being stunned by Elena Delle Donne and the Chicago Sky in the opening round.
Her coach, Michael Cooper, believes Schimmel — who averaged 8.3 points and 3.6 assists per game in 21 minutes — will progress“into a very special player in this league.”

“She’s got some things to clean up,” he said. “Going overseas and playing in the summer season will help her a lot.”

Schimmel was undecided of her next move as of Aug. 7. The Dream fell 2-1 to the Chicago Sky in the Eastern Conference semifinals. She is slated to be a guest speaker at Cooper’s basketball camp in Pablo, Mont. on Oct. 4.

Jude’s senior season begins in mid-November, where she hopes to showcase her talent on a team with about as many freshmen as seniors and juniors combined. She said the team, which last year boasted a 33-5 record and No. 3 ranking in the NCAA Tournament, has unfinished business.

“The ultimate goal is to win a championship,” she said. “This year, we’re young, inexperienced, but that could be really good for us. I’m looking forward to a brand new beginning.

“Honestly, we have the talent, it’s just a matter of us coming together and putting it all together and playing great games throughout the season.”

With Shoni gone, it feels like a repeat from high school, Jude said, “but this year I feel more prepared for it.”

“I’m still sad I don’t get to play with her right now. I’m hoping to play with her again in the future, but we’ll see,” she continued. “I just feel like it’s my opportunity for everyone else to see the other aspects of my game that they haven’t seen the last three years.”

For the first time in her collegiate career, she started a game last season — five of them, averaging 5.5 points and 3.5 assists while finishing second on the team with 54 steals. Her highlight was scoring double-digit points in consecutive games in the NCAA Tournament.
The competitive drive of the Schimmel sisters continues to fuel their evolution.

“We’re not doing it for ourselves, we’re doing it for all Native Americans,” Jude said
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“All the odds are against you,” Shoni said, “so why not beat them?”

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Monday Cardinal Couple -- Field Hockey, Soccer gain wins on Sunday



Nicole Woods scores winner for UofL against William & Mary



Louisville Field Hockey improved to 5-1 and gave Justine Sowry her 100th. win as a head coach with a 4-3 overtime win at William and Mary on Sunday. 

The Cards had trouble getting out of the gate in this one, falling behind 1-0 at the 18:00 mark of the game. The Tribe (1-5) would hold that lead into halftime.

Louisville finally scored seven minutes into the second half when senior Alyssa Voelmle connected on a penalty corner. W&M was not going down without a fight, though...and regained the advantage six minutes later.

The Cards evened it up at the 51 minute mark when Mallory Mason corralled  a Louisville missed shot on goal and pushed the orb in. UofL took their first lead of the contest when Voelmle recorded her second goal of the half on a penalty corner.

The Tribe knotted it at 3-3 with seven minutes left in regulation and it stay that way...forcing the extra session. Louisville was the sudden death session when Elisa "Chilly" Garcia found Nicole Woods with a pass and the Beverly, MA freshman slammed home the game winner. 



Louisville outshot the Tribe 15-9 and finished the four game road trip going 3-1. The Cards will host UNC in Trager on Sat. Sept 20th. @ 1 p.m.

Coach Sowry commented on the win: 

"Today was not pretty in the slightest. William & Mary was relentless in its work ethic, hustle and support for each other and we were not," said UofL head coach Justine Sowry who earned her 100th career victory. "Our first half was very disappointing where our ball carrier was isolated almost every time. We were sluggish and lazy in our effort and discipline all over the field. The good news is our second half was much improved and we started to play to our strengths. Again we have learned a ton this weekend from both an individual and team perspective. It was important to get the win today and we must continue to grow and improve. "



On a side note...it was great to see the Field Hockey squad

supporting the Louisville football team Saturday at Scott Stadium. Despite the heartbreaking loss to Virginia the night before, the girls seemed ready to go take the fight to The Tribe and we were able to talk a bit with Coach Sowry and a couple of players before we entered the stadium and start a preliminary investigation on why there was no limousine waiting to take me from the Waynesboro Best Western to the Field Hockey game in Charlottesville when I arrived on Friday afternoon.   


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Alison Price delivers game-winner for Women's Soccer



Meanwhile...back home in Louisville at Lynn Stadium, the Louisville women's soccer team overcame a 2-0 Kent State lead to beat the Golden Flashes in overtime 3-2. 

Down 2-0 at the half, Louisville used excellent defense some timely shots on goal to get back into this one. Kaela Dickermann scored her first goal just eight minutes into the second half. Isabella Habudu tied the contest with five minutes remaining. 


In the overtime session, Chinyelu Asher fed Alison Price for the game winner just two minutes into the extra session. Louisville outshot the Golden Flashes 22-4 in the contest.


The kickin' Cards return to action Friday night @ 7:30 to open the ACC schedule against Syracuse in Lynn. 


KFD talks about the win: 


"We had to get adjusted to a lot of new kids in our lineup," said head coach Karen Ferguson-Dayes. "When we worked in practice on the defensive side of the ball, we were great defensively in games. Then when we worked on the attacking side of the ball, we were great offensively. I think the second half today was indicative of layering the both defending pieces with the attacking pieces. I think that's why we saw I think 17-0 (shots) in the second half."


paulie

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