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Sterling Riggs shoots around with U of L's Shoni Schimmel

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LOUISVILLE, Ky (WDRB)-- The third-ranked Lady Cardinals basketball team plays the top ranked UConn Huskies Monday night at home.
 
Watching Louisville star Shoni Schimmel on the court is a thing of beauty. She’s not only a sharp shooter, she’s a musician. Shoni loves playing string music for opponents.
 
The University of Memphis got to hear her special tune when she set a school record with nine three-pointers earlier this season. 
 
"It felt like every time I shot the ball, it was going in. My teammates did a great job getting me the ball," said Schimmel.
 
Shoni’s journey to being an All-American at Louisville started many years ago while growing up on a Native American reservation in Oregon.
 
"I wanted to be the first woman in the NBA. One night, I was out playing basketball as a child at 2 o'clock in the morning. My dad wanted to know who was outside playing basketball. My parents had to tell me to come in because it was too late. I was having fun," said Schimmel.
 
Her love of basketball, standout shooting skills and sense of adventure landed her a scholarship offer from Jeff Walz.
 
Shoni gives her mother a lot of credit for moving halfway across the country to Louisville.
 
“Being from the reservation, she told me it's only four years. She told me to go see the world and it will be over before you know it. She was right, four years has gone by fast," said Schimmel. 
 
Her Native American heritage is something Shoni’s extremely proud of. She did admit that sometimes, people ask her odd questions.
 
"People always ask me, do you guys live in teepees? No we don't live in teepees! I guess people don't really understand it because living on a reservation is not really different than your everyday life," said Schimmel.
 
You can’t talk to Shoni without hearing about her teammate and little sister Jude.  The two don’t need to speak to communicate on the court.
 
“She knows what I'm going to do before I even do it. In the California game, I asked her if she knew if I was going to throw a behind the back pass. She was like yes! It's pretty neat to share this situation with her,” said Schimmel.
 
She left me with this message for young girls wanting to be just like her.
 
“Don't go out there and be Shoni Schimmel. Be better than me because you can.  You just have to work for it,” said Schimmel.
 
Louisville takes on the Connecticut Huskies at home at 7 p.m. at the KFC Yum! Center.

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