TV tonight: NCAA Bball final spotlights two Native American sisters

The Schimmel sisters lead Louisville in tonight’s national championship.

Photo: Facebook/ NCAA Women's Basketball Finals

WASHINGTON, April 9, 2013 ― In case you need a reason to watch the NCAA women’s basketball championship between UConn and Louisville tonight, consider this back story; Louisville is led by two Native American sisters who were raised on an Indian reservation in Oregon.

The Schimmels, two of seven siblings, grew up in Mission on the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation before finishing their prep careers at Portland’s Franklin High School.

The dynamic duo are part of the documentary “Off the Rez,” a film that explores how Shoni and her siblings moved with their mother, Ceci Moses, off the Umatilla Indian Reservation in Oregon to Portland. Leaving behind the despair of poverty, alcoholism, teenage pregnancy and drug addiction often found on reservations, the fearless mother led her family by example.

As a result, Shoni and Jude Schimmel were brave enough to leave the familiarity and comfort of the reservation and bring their own version of basketball to Louisville. “Rez ball” is what they’re calling it and this flashy and spontaneous style of playing has lead the Louisville Cardinals women’s team to the national championship game tonight at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN.

Louisville’s path to the final tonight is just as improbable as the Shimmel sisters’ journey from the reservation. Although they were seeded fifth, so far the Lady Cardinals have beaten last year’s national champion Baylor and powerhouse Tennessee in their quest for a national championship.

Tonight when the two sisters step on the court, they carry the pride and support of a grateful Native American population. But beyond that, the two have proven that the American dream isn’t dead; it just takes a lot of hard work, no matter where a person calls home.

Tonight’s viewing:

All times are EDT:                                                                          

8 p.m. 

ABC: Splash: (New) The remaining celebrities compete; the celebrity with the lowest score is eliminated.

CBS: NCIS: (New) When a Navy reservist returns home to find her husband missing and her living room covered in blood, she turns to the NCIS team to bring him home. Meanwhile, Tony suspects that Ziva is planning a risky move to avenge her father’s death.

FOX: Hell’s Kitchen: (New) In the continuation of a heated elimination, Chef Ramsay makes an unexpected decision that changes the competition for good.

NBC: The Voice: (New) The coaches battle each other as they fill their final team slots.

CW: Hart of Dixie: (New) Lavon’s (Cress Williams) big plans of making BlueBell a Spring Break destination hits a roadblock when the competing town tries to lure the partiers away.

8:30 p.m.

ESPN: Women’s NCAA Basketball Final: (Live) UConn vs. Louisville

9 p.m.

ABC: Dancing With The Stars: (Live) The couples face elimination; Brad Paisley performs; Andrea Bocelli and Jennifer Lopez perform.

CBS: NCIS: Los Angeles: (New) When cyanide in a communal water jug lethally poisons a lieutenant and leaves a Navy pilot in serious condition, the NCIS: LA team investigates whether this is an isolated incident or an early test for large-scale water contamination on a mission.

FOX: New Girl: (New) To celebrate Cece’s upcoming nuptials, Jess throws a bachelorette party while Nick and Winston take her fiancé out for a guys’ night. Meanwhile, Schmidt needs to find a date to bring to the wedding, so he seeks out his old college girlfriend.

NBC: Ready For Love: (New) Three handsome men meet the 12 women handpicked by their matchmakers in their quest for true love.

CW: America’s Next Top Model: College Edition: (Repeat) The 19th season begins with 13 college girls being cast to compete for the “Top Model” title.

9:30 p.m.

FOX: The Mindy Project: (New) While in Santa Fe Mindy receives a message from her ex, who is now living there and wants to talk.

PBS: Pioneers of Television: (New) Carol Burnett’s TV comedy career is highlighted. Also: other funny ladies of yesteryear who helped open the door for today’s TV comedy queens.

10 p.m.

ABC: Body of Proof: (New) Megan arrives at the scene of a young girl’s murder and finds Tommy covered in blood; as evidence piles up against Tommy, Megan tries to ignore her doubts and prove his innocence.

CBS: Golden Boy: (New) Both Owen and Arroyo race to make a key arrest after learning they are competing against one another for a promotion.

Basic cable:

New episodes of:

Deadliest Catch: The Beginning at 8 p.m. on DSC

Deadliest Catch: An Epic Season at 9 p.m. on DSC

The Millionaire Matchmaker at 9 p.m. on BRAVO

Income Property at 9 p.m. on HGTV

Dance Moms at 9 p.m. on LIFE

Inside Cocaine Wars at 9 p.m. on NGC

Face Off at 9 p.m. on Syfy

Hardcore Pawn at 9 p.m. on truTV

19 Kids and Counting at 9 and 9:30 p.m. on TLC

Counting Cars at 9 and 9:30 p.m. on History Channel

Storage Hunters at 9:30 p.m. on truTV

Chopped at 10 p.m. on Food Channel

House Hunters at 10 p.m. on HGTV

Secrets of Secret Societies at 10 p.m. on SCI

Robot Combat League at 10 p.m. on Syfy

Cougar Town at 10 and 10:30 p.m. on TNT

American Restoration at 10 and 10:30 p.m. on History Channel

For movie lovers:

8 p.m.

A Few Good Men on AMC

The Bourne Supremacy on ENC

Melvin and Howard on FLIX

Game Change on HBO

Pale Rider on REELZ

My Gal Sal on TCM

Autumn in New York on TMC

9 p.m.

Total Recall on STARZ

New Year’s Eve on MOMAX

Later tonight:

The Big Lebowski at 9:35 p.m. on FLIX

The Jackal at 9:50 p.m. on FLIX

The Sitter at 10 p.m. on CINEMAX

Man on a Ledge at 10 p.m. on SHO

Orchestra Wives at 0 p.m. on TCM

Autumn Hearts: A New Beginning at 10:30 p.m. on REELZ

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