As Shoni Schimmel goes, so go the Louisville Cardinals.
Shoni dropped 20 points yesterday, guiding the fifth-seeded U of L to a 74-49 rout of 12-seeded Middle Tennessee State in a first round matchup of the NCAA women's basketball tournament. The game was played in Louisville.
"She was just knocking down big shots," Louisville senior forward Monique Reid told ESPN. "If she'll continue to do that, we'll go a long way in the tournament."
Schoni went just 1 of 5 beyond the arc, but the junior guard finished 9 for 15 overall. She also grabbed four rebounds with three steals in 36 minutes. "Being in the NCAA tournament, it's great to play a big game not only by myself but with my teammates," Schimmel said. "And that's the main thing that's great about it is that our whole team played great."
Shoni's super sister Jude added 11 points, a team-high five assists and had five steals. The Schimmel sisters are from the Confederated Tribes of Umatilla Reservation in Oregon.
Catch a post-game interview with Shoni here.
Next up for the Cardinals is the tough fourth-seeded Purdue Boilermakers. Having the huge homecourt advantage, as Louisville does again, will be a bonus: The Cardinals are now 15-2 at home this season. The game will tip off at approximately 7:10 p.m./ET on Tuesday, March 26.
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Despite the Schimmels success, Ole Miss and bombastic Choctaw guard Marshall Henderson fell yesterday to fellow Cinderella squad, La Salle, in a second-round matchup in the NCAA men's tourney.
After knocking off fifth-seeded Wisconsin in an upset, the Rebels were toppled by the Explorers last night, 76-74. La Salle, a 13-seed, had gotten by fourth-seeded Kansas State in their opening round game.
Tyrone Garland banked home a scooping layup with 2 seconds left to give the Explorers the win–and the ticket to the Sweet Sixteen.
The Rebels' star, Henderson, had 21 points in the game, which had 11 lead changes.
According to ESPN Research, Marshall Henderson had 32 offensive touches in each of his two games in the 2013 Men's Basketball Championship and passed only nine times each game. Henderson was 14-of-42 shooting (33.3 percent) in the tournament and had three more turnovers than assists.
ESPN reports that In the frantic final seconds, Mississippi's LaDarius White missed from the top of the key and the ball scooted out of bounds while everybody went for the rebound.The Rebels were given possession and an off-balance shot by Henderson failed to draw iron. Before he could launch another try, the buzzer sounded, giving La Salle possession with 33.2 seconds left even though Henderson pleaded with an official, saying, "He took my hand off."
"I know I was fouled and the ref knows I was fouled but he said he's not calling a foul with 1 second left [on the shot clock," Henderson said later. "I drove in, got the rebound and when I went up, he took my whole left hand out and I was like, 'That's a foul.' "
"We didn't finish on a strong note, we finished on a low note," Henderson added. "We're going home and it stinks because I know a lot of people that are around are going to pat us on the back and tell us we did a great job but the way I played there at the end I feel that I was totally a disgrace to my teammates and let them down."
Henderson, a junior and the Southeastern Conference's leading scorer this year, is expected to retun to Ole Miss for his senior season.