To add to the NCAA March Madness excitement, this is the Native Sports Columnist list of the Top 10 NCAA performers that have graced the playoffs. This is the second half of the article - so make sure to check out the first five.
This said, Here are the second round of Five of the Top 10 Native March Madness NCAA Performances:
Marshall Henderson’s big turnaround
Sometimes you need to shoot yourself out of a funk to find greatness. The flamboyant Marshall Henderson (Choctaw) did just that in No. 12 Ole Miss’ 57-46 upset of No. 5 Wisconsin in 2013. The 6-foot-2 guard missed 12 of his first 13 shots, including 0 for 6 from three-point range. He would finish with 19 points—17 of which, in the final 11 ½ minutes—helping the Rebels to their first NCAA Tournament win in 12 years.
Number 7 - Jude Schimmel scores 8 in three-minute span
Louisville guard Jude Schimmel (22) shoots over South Florida guard Shalethia Stringfield (23) during the second half of a women’s NCAA tournament second round basketball game Monday March 23, 2015, in Tampa, Fla. Louisville won the game 60-52. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara).
Jude Schimmel (Umatilla) averaged about 5 points per game in her career at Louisville. The Cardinals were a year removed from an NCAA championship appearance and without her older sister Shoni. Louisville earned a No. 3-seed with a 27-6 record, and Schimmel went out with three straight double-digit scoring performances in leading the Cardinals to the Sweet 16 in 2015. The most notable one was a 13-point effort against South Florida, where she scored eight points in three minutes to help solidify the advancement with a 60-52 win.
Number 8 - Sun Devil setback
No. 6-seeded Arizona State, featuring All-American Ryneldi Becenti (Navajo), got upset by 11-seeded Depaul in the first round. It was the first time the Sun Devils had been to the dance in nine years, and they held a 7-point lead with just over 12 minutes remaining. The Blue Demons rallied to take a 4-point lead with seconds remaining. Becenti hit two free-throws to close the gap, and immediately fouled a Depaul player to force a 1-and-1. The player missed, and the Sun Devils couldn’t connect on a last-second shot.
Number 9 - Hanging with a juggernaut
AP Photo/Patrick Semansky
Princeton forward Alex Wheatley, right, tries to block a shot attempt by Green Bay guard Tesha Buck in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the first round of the NCAA tournament, Saturday, March 21, 2015, in College Park, Md.
It’s no easy task to walk into a gym with an opponent boasting a perfect 30-0 record. Tesha Buck (Mdewakanton Sioux) and Wisconsin-Green Bay were challenged with that scenario in College Park, Maryland last year. Even President Barack Obama, whose niece was on the Tigers, was rooting against them. Buck, just a sophomore, went 6 for 21, finishing with 14 points in what was a winnable game for the Phoenix that ended 80-70.
And... Number 10 - Grizzlies fight hard against top team
J.R. Camel (Flathead) and Montana hung neck-and-neck with No. 1 Kentucky, headed by Rick Pitino, for 10 minutes. The Wildcats—with future NBA talents Ron Mercer, Jamaal Magloire, Nazr Mohammed, Derek Anderson and Scott Padgett—woke up and dominated Montana down the stretch, 92-54, en route to a national championship appearance. Camel, a junior point guard who averaged 11.3 points, 3.8 rebounds and 4.3 assists and held a Big Sky Conference record for steals in a season, had 7 points in the game. A No. 16-seed had never defeated a No. 1, but for 10 minutes Camel helped keep that hope alive.
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