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Shoni and Jude Schimmel grew up playing basketball on the Umatilla Indian Reservation, before moving to Portland to play at Franklin High School. On Tuesday, they’ll play for the Louisville Cardinals in the NCAA Women’s Championship. The Cardinals have been buoyed by Shoni’s talent, memorably captured in what the New York Times dubbed a “sublime and maddening” face-off against 6‘8” Brittney Griner, winner of the 2012 NCAA Most Outstanding Player award:
So far, they’ve helped the No. 5 seeded Cardinals upset expectations in the NCAA tournament with victories over the higher-ranked Baylor and California teams. ESPN called the victory over Baylor “one of the biggest upsets in the history of the tournament.” They’ll again have to defy expectations in order to come away with a win against the University of Connecticut on Tuesday.
What will you be watching for in Tuesday’s championship game?