Hey Jude: Schimmel Sis Steals W from Aggies

While it may not have been the most stunning aspect of watching Jeff Walz’s distaff Cards in their opener against recent NCAA champ Texas A&M, there’s not doubt it was the play of the game.

Jude Schimmel, previously unheralded younger sister of Shoni, stole the show.

The Cardinals had blown a 14 point second half lead. They had been up 37-23 with 15:34 on the clock after a Bria Smith layup. But now with the game knotted at 45, the visitors had the ball midcourt coming out of a timeout. Schimmel the Younger cleverly anticipated the inbounds pass, stealing it cleanly and zipping to the hoop for the winning layup. 

Not that the game was really over. Sara Hammond, who lived up to her high school hype with far and away her best game as a Card, missed a FT. Fortunately, the Aggies missed two FG attempts that would have tied the game.

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Hammond’s performance might have been considered dominating, but for the play underneath by a couple of A&M big uns.

The frontcourter from Rockcastle County scored 20, with 13 boards to go along with them.

It’s obvious that Hammond has slimmed down and powered up since the end of last season. She is a force to be reckoned with. As somebody said last night, “Now we see why Auriemma wanted her.”

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The flip side is Shoni Schimmel. This is the stunning aspect of this year’s Cards I alluded to in the lede.

Schimmel is — frankly, there’s no more delicate a way to say it — fat. The Cardinal star is playing 25 pounds overweight.

She has trouble getting her shot off. She is not as elusive with the ball as she is capable of. She obviously wears down as the game progresses. She certainly did last night.

She tallied 8 points with two turnovers in the first half. She failed to score in the second half, while committing four more turnovers for a game high 6.

Plus, despite her incredible ball handling skills and game sense, she still makes a lot of bad passes.

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Monique Reed, recovering from her leg injury — she started the tilt riding an exercise bike behind the bench — gave U of L a steady 13 minutes of play. She was 5/7 from the field and grabbed two boards. More important perhaps, she survived a twisting tumble to the hardwood without any further apparent injury.

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The Cards led by 10 at the half. They had generated a 14 point lead with 4:12 to go in the opening stanza, thanks to a smothering half court trap defense.

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Spotted in the stands: Chane, Gorgui, Mango, Silent L and the aptly nicknamed but nonetheless joyfully irrepressible Russdiculous.

– Seedy K

One Comment

  1. Birdie King
    Posted November 12, 2012 at 12:40 am | Permalink

    Monique Reid is a game changer ! I hope her minutes increase as the seasn moves along. Wow! Your are right – Shoni has regressed.

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