The Sisters Schimmel – HBO Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel

Posted By Toyacoyah Brown March 25th, 2014 Last Updated on: March 25th, 2014

The Schimmel sisters will be featured in a segment tonight on HBO's Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel!

Straight from the HBO press release:

The Sisters Schimmel. A force in women's basketball, the University of Louisville hopes to return to the Final Four for the second straight year after earning a three-seed in this year's tournament. The Cardinals are led in part by two sisters who hail from a little-known basketball hotbed in the United States: Native American reservations. The older sibling, All-American senior guard Shoni Schimmel, is widely expected to be a top pick in the WNBA draft next month. Junior guard Jude Schimmel is the team's reliable sixth woman.

The Schimmels grew up on the Umatilla reservation in Pendleton, Ore., where basketball is considered their national pastime. But while basketball talent, tradition and passion are abundant on reservations, success stories are not. Native players have been stereotyped as undisciplined on and off the court, while some refuse to leave the reservation's insular world, both factors that have discouraged big-time recruiting. In this REAL SPORTS/Sports Illustrated segment, correspondent Jon Frankel sits down with the Schimmel sisters to learn about their journey from the reservation to the spotlight of high-profile college basketball.

Producer: Jason Samuels.

Watch a clip from the segment below:

REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL, TV's most honored sports journalism series, continues its 20th season with more enterprising features and reporting when the show's 204th edition debuts TONIGHT, MARCH 25 (10:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO.

Other HBO playdates: March 25 (3:45 a.m.), 28 (9:30 a.m., 5:00 p.m.) and 29 (10:45 a.m., 12:45 a.m.), and April 3 (1:30 p.m., 8:00 p.m.), 6 (9:30 a.m.) and 9 (7:00 p.m., 1:30 a.m.)

HBO2 playdates: March 27 (5:15 p.m., 8:30 p.m.) and 31 (3:15 p.m., 1:00 a.m.), and April 2 (7:00 a.m.) and 13 (3:15 p.m., 11:00 p.m.)

HBO On Demand® availability: March 26-April 14

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About Toyacoyah Brown

Toyacoyah Brown is an enrolled member of the Comanche Nation, currently living in Chicago. She received her B.A. in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma and an M.A. in Media Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. When she's not scouring the Internet for fun things to share with PowWows.com readers you can find her digging for vinyl in her local record store or curling up with a good book.

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