Dallas Wings cut Jude Schimmel from WNBA squad

Jude Schimmel’s many fans from the University of Louisville knew it was a long shot, but that doesn’t lessen the pain.

On Monday, the Dallas Wings announced that Jude has been released from the team, along with teammate and fellow rookie Tori Jarosz (from Marist College).

Schimmel made her professional debut last week with the Wings in a 108-90 exhibition loss to the Indiana Fever. Pursuing her vision of a career in the Women’s National Basketball Association.

She played 25 minutes, scored five points, made five assists and five steals in that game. Not bad for a first game in the WNBA. Impressive by any standard.

Jude Schimmel
Jude Schimmel

On Sunday, she played 14 minutes, scoring six points, making one assist, and three turnovers in an 82-74 exhibition loss to the Connecticut Sun.

The next day she was gone.

Schimmel remained upbeat Monday evening, tweeting, “Just want to thank @DWingsHoops for the opportunity to be apart of training camp & preseason! Despite the outcome, still an amazing experience.”

Jude’s team was scheduled to meet up with the New York Liberty at Madison Square Garden. A chance for her to play on the same floor with her sister Shoni Schimmel again. She came close to seeing that happen.

“Thank you to everyone for the love & support! I know my time will come,” she said in a second tweet.

Jude Schimmel gets her shot in WNBA camp

Jude Schimmel is back in the game. For how long is anybody’s guess.

She has been invited to participate in pre-season training camp by the Dallas Wings, a Women’s National Basketball Association franchise.

Schimmel, who played at the University of Louisville from 2011 through 2014, should know pretty soon whether she makes the squad. The Wings are scheduled to open the 2016 WNBA season on May 14th against the Indiana Fever in Indianapolis.Jude-Schimmel2

She faces a major challenge. The Wings are already loaded at guard with Skylar Diggins (Notre Dame) and Odyssey Sims (Baylor) returning from the Tulsa Shock. The franchise, which finished third in the Western Division last season, was renamed and moved to Dallas during the off season.

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Jude Schimmel continues to attract crowds

Jude Schimmel was kept busy signing books Sunday at the Cardinal Hall of Fame Cafe.
Jude Schimmel was kept busy signing books Sunday at the Cardinal Hall of Fame Cafe.

University of Louisville women’s basketball fans aren’t quite ready to let Jude Schimmel go, wanting to hang on to her as long as possible. They were scrunched together, between 200 and 300 people deep, in the Cardinal Hall of Fame Cafe Sunday for two hours to see her.

The crowd wanted autographed copies of Dreamcatcher, her new book, and they were also eager to thank for her contributions during her four seasons at UofL. One of them, Paula Radmacher, brought two attractively bound scrapbooks and memorablia she had compiled to present to Jude. More than a few had purchased two or more books.

Jude plans to play  basketball overseas next fall.
Jude plans to play basketball overseas next fall.

Also in the crowd was the family of Justin Amlung, a former UofL pitching great. Justin’s dad revealed that his son had been picked by the Washington Nationals after being waived by the Chicago Cubs organization.

The book chronicles memories of her time with the UofL basketball team and of growing up on a Native American reservation. Especially interesting are her memories of her team’s upset of No. 1 Baylor during the 2013.  She has some great things to say about Coach Jeff Walz, too.

Jude published the book herself, hoping it will serve as an inspiration to other Native American children to pursue their dreams. Judging by the number of people buying two or three copies of the $20 book, she may have earned enough to pay for the printing already.

Paula Radmacher presents scrapbooks to Jude Schimmel.
Paula Radmacher presents scrapbooks to Jude Schimmel of her UofL career.

Choosing to stand during the entire event, Jude was in no hurry, taking time to chat with each fan, thanking them for supporting her and the UofL basketball team, clearly enjoying her time in a different format.

Jude says she wants to finish her Master’s degree at UofL so she will be around through August. Then she plans to play basketball overseas.

The book can be purchased for $20 here. Caution, some fans may be tempted to acquire numerous copies of the book. Dreamcatch


Jude Schimmel takes command, Louisville to Sweet 16 again

Jude Schimmel is treasuring every moment she has left with the University of Louisville women’s basketball team, knowing the next game could be her last, not wanting it to end. Every trip down court to be treasured, adding to the legacy of the Schimmel sisters.

The younger sister of Shoni, Jude has emerged from a support role to a consistent leader in her senior season. One who doesn’t hesitate to take the big shots when those of her teammates are falling short, getting tentative or just going astray.Screenshot 2015-03-24 00.24.24

Things were going south in the second half in the NCAA quarterfinal game against South Florida. USF’s Courtney Williams was getting warmed up, going around UofL defenders with ease, scoring 10 of her team’s 13 points during UofL’s scoring drought. South Florida finally overtook the Cardinals, grabbing a 47-46 with 3:06 remaining.

Schimmel had missed one of those shots herself. But she would need to assume command, assessing the situation, Sara Hammond and Bria Smith each with four fouls, Myisha Hines-Allen with three. Her team embedded in a shooting slump, missing seven of their last eight shots. Not good with Courtney Williams using them as scrimmage material.

And Jude would take over, easing through the congestion, taking her defender one-on-one, getting the ball to fall through the basket. Not a pretty shot, but a good one, and Louisville was back on top to stay. Jude would score eight of her team’s final 12 points, including those graceful four-of-four attempts from the free throw line.

Schimmel would wind up as the team’s leading scorer with 13 points on a night when her team was making only 33 percent of their shots in still another defensive struggle. Also grabbing six rebounds, handing out five assists and making three steals.

When the game was over, UofL had defeated South Florida 62-50 on the Bulls’ home court, finally silencing the largest crowd to ever see a USF women’s game in Tampa. And UofL would advance to the Sweet 16 for the third consecutive season.

Jude’s not ready for it to be over. She clearly has some dreams of her own.

Louisville women on fire, crisping Brigham Young

So much fun watching Jude Schimmel on those breakaway lay ups.

The last thing any fan of University of Louisville women’s basketball expected in the NCAA’s first round was a 33-point win over Brigham Young, 86-53, dominating in all phases of the game.

Jude Schimmel breaking away again.
Jude Schimmel breaking away again.

In many games this season, the Cardinals started slowly, assessing their opponents, needing to warm up to the task before getting their collective act together. The tendency was becoming a characteristic, more than a little worrisome.

Not on Saturday, however. The UofL women displayed new levels of intensity from the start, dismantling a shocked and unprepared BYU. The Cougars would turn the ball over 11 times in the first 11 minutes, with Louisville racing to a 24-12 edge.

UofL’s chaotic defense credited with 24 steals while forcing BYU into 30 turnovers, turning them into 38 points. Meanwhile, the Cardinals were getting 19 assists and connecting on 45.9 percent of their shots on the offensive end.

Myisha Hines-Allen having her way around the basket, collecting 19 points to lead all scorers while pulling down eight rebounds. Jude adding a total of 13 points, including one 3-pointer and five breakaways.

The UofL bench a major factor, contributing 37 points, with Bria Smith and Shawnta Dyer each adding 11 points apiece.

Emonnie Henderson pretty good at those breakaways, too. Get out of her way.

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The Cougars, more than a little frustrated, the game getting chippy in the second half, with bodies landing on the court. Mariya Moore apparently a target, instinctively retaliating at one point. Some of the BYU tactics becoming more evident as the game goes on, with the ESPN commentators paying closer attention to the physicality.

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Next up: South Florida on South Florida’s home court Monday