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The National Wheelchair Basketball Association is excited to announce the roster for Team USA for the 2016 Kitakyushu Champions’ Cup on November 18-20, 2016 in Kitakyushu, Japan. This is the 14th Kitakyushu Champions Cup, a men’s wheelchair basketball tournament which commemorates the 2002 Gold Cup World Wheelchair Basketball Championships. Team USA will be one of four international teams in attendance for this event, the other teams include: Japan, Great Britian and Australia.

Team USA will be led by head coach Doug Dixon, who is the 2016 NWBA Junior Division Coach of the Year and, as head coach, two time winner of the NWBA Junior Division Varsity National Championships. Doug has 20 years of coaching experience and currently is the head coach of the Courage Kenny Jr. Rolling Timberwolves. Team USA’s assistant coach is AJ Messmer. AJ served on the coaching staff of University of Missouri from 2012-14 and University of Wisconsin-Whitewater from 2015-16. AJ helped coach the UW-Whitewater Warhawks to winners of two NWBA Men’s Intercollegiate National Championships.

Team USA consists of some excellent young athletes of the Junior Division and a few athletes from various levels of play from the Adult Division. The player roster of Team USA includes: Zach Steger, Holden Kowalke, Grady Gordon, Carter Arey, Randy Jaramillo, Robert Doyle, Matt Bollig and Dustin Casey.                                        

The preliminary round of competition will start on Friday, November 18, with the bronze and gold medal games on Sunday, November 20. Please check the NWBA website and social media pages to receive team updates for Team USA at the 2016 Kitakyushu Champions’ Cup.

Thank you in advance to all fans and supporters that will make this opportunity possible for these athletes and coaches.

A 30-minute documentary about Dr. Timothy Nugent, our founder, will air on the Big Ten Network at 8pm Central on Thursday, Sept.22. It is called "The Game Changer."

It is important that future generations of players know about Dr. Nugent's courage, selflessness and values.

The Executive Committee for the NWBA Junior Division would like to announce that two new members of the Executive Committee have been appointed for the 2016-2017 season.

David Elbert will fill the vacancy of Secretary, while Emily Hoskins will be the first to serve the newly created "At Large" position for the Executive Committee for the NWBA Junior Division. 

The "At Large" position was created after the Treasurer position was eliminated and those responsibilities were assigned to the staff at the NWBA national office in Colorado Springs.

David Elbert is a longtime parent in the Bennett Blazers program out of Baltimore. Over the past 14 years David has worn many hats to support his daughter Ruby and the rest of the Blazers program.

Emily Hoskins  started her wheelchair basketball career as part of the St. Louis Rolling Rams junior program. Emily was a member of the team that won the Junior Division Varsity Championship in 2000. Emily went on to play for the University of Illinois and Phoenix Mercury and won several national championships in the Women's Division. This resulted on a long and successful run on the Women's National Team from 2003-2010 where the American ladies brought back several gold medals from the Paralympics and World Championships.

David is an Adjunct Faculty Member and Research Scientist for John Hopkins University. We know his attention to detail and analytical skills will be fantastic assets to division leadership.  David is also a member for science advisory board for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.

Since moving to Nashville Emily has played two seasons with the Division III Music City Lightning and is currently entering her second season as  Head Coach of the Music City Thunder Junior Division (Varsity) team. Emily also works with Able Youth Inc. to empower children with disabilities. Emily is the first former female junior player to serve on the Junior Division Executive Committee.

Please help us in welcoming aboard David and Emily, as we are excited to have them help grow the NWBA Junior Division into the future.

NWBA Junior Division Executive Committee

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The NWBA confirmed that NBC will replay the majority of the Rio Paralympic Games Men’s Wheelchair Basketball Game at 5 p.m. Eastern. This feature the U.S. Men’s Team defeating Spain, 68-52, for its first gold medal since 1988. The gold medal game was broadcast overnight on NBCSN.

The U.S. Men’s Team made history on Saturday night at Rio Olympic Arena as it marks:

  • The first time the United States make a complete sweep of gold medals in in both men’s and women’s basketball at the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games.
  • The first time since 1988 when both the U.S. men’s and women’s teams won gold medals.
  • The first time since 1996 when both teams medaled.

“I just found out that this was the first time that Team USA swept the men’s and women’s gold for the Olympics and Paralympics. So all four gold medals – that is quite the accomplishment, and I think it speaks to how popular and awesome our sport is in our country. Hopefully this medal for both our men's and women’s Paralympic teams increases the awareness for our sport and we can take the momentum from here and go on to Tokyo,” said co-captain and three-time U.S. Paralympian Steve Serio of Westbury, New York. 

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The U.S. Men’s Wheelchair Basketball Team returned to the top of the podium at the Rio Paralympic Games claiming its eighth overall gold medal and the first since Seoul 1988 by defeating Spain in a defensive game, 68-52. It is also the first time since 1988 when both the U.S. men’s and women’s teams won gold medals, and the first time since 1996 when both teams medaled. Tonight’s gold-medal victory completes the sweep of gold medals for the United States in both men’s and women’s basketball at the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games.

Both teams started the first two quarters were played safe as both teams were exchanging baskets evenly with each other. At the 2:23 mark of the first, Aaron Gouge of Wake Forest, North Carolina, tied up the game at 8-8, and Brian Bell of Birmingham, Alabama closed the first with a second remaining for a 12-8 lead. Bell led the U.S. in scoring in the first with six points, and Gouge had four.

The second was a see-saw affair as each team would score in four-point stretches, with Spain tying the game early on and only able to inch as close as one point. With just over a minute remaining in the half, the U.S. called a timeout to regroup. With 43 seconds remaining, Jake Williams of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, provided a spark on offense with a three-pointer that hit nothing but net for a 26-20 lead. To close out the quarter, two-time Paralympian Trevon Jenifer of Huntington, Maryland, hit Bell under the basket where the first backwards layup did not fall, however he got his own rebound and spun for the basket, giving Team USA a 29-23 lead.

“A lot of it was Spain's defense. I thought they played us very well. We didn't do a good job of spacing the floor at first, so they didn't have to move as much. That made it difficult for us to get shots,” said U.S. Men’s Head Coach Ron Lykins of Columbia, Missouri. “At halftime, we really talked about spreading the floor, and we went with a different lineup. Once we spread the floor, we were able to move a little bit more, we had better ball movement, and that led to better shots."

At the half, Bell leads the team with nine points and five rebounds. Three-time Paralympian Josh Turek of Council Bluffs, Iowa, who came in during the second quarter, put back six points. And for the third consecutive game, co-captain and three-time Paralympian Steve Serio of Westbury, New York, has commanded the floor with four points, six rebounds, and six assists. The United States is shooting 67 percent at the half, to Spain’s 39 percent.

The third quarter belonged to Spain as they outscored the United States, 19-18, and was only the second team to do that during the Rio Games. The tempo of the game was controlled by Spain with moments where it appeared the U.S. men would get a momentum shift in their favor. Williams and Serio drained a couple long-range three-pointers to keep Team USA on top, 47-42.

It was not until the 7-minute mark of the fourth quarter when Team USA rolled onto victory off of two back-to-back steals by Jenifer, who hit Williams for a rolling layup and he was intentionally fouled on the next fast break attempt, essentially putting the game out of reach, 52-44. Two-time Paralympian Nate Hinze of Cedar Grove, Wisconsin, scored the last four points of the game from the foul line, and finished the night with seven points. The United States continued to pressure Spain and outscored Spain 21-10, and the gold medal.

"It was a team defensive effort. We went out there and knew that we needed to stop the ball, and we needed to get some points,” said Jenifer. “It was just the right time, right place kind of thing. The two steals are accredited to the excellent defense that was displayed by the other guys."

Williams led Team USA with 20 points and five assists, with Bell finishing the day with 15 points and seven rebounds. Serio finished with seven points, eight rebounds and dished out 10 assists.

“This is an incredible moment for our team, and to do it in this way, where it wasn’t just one guy – Jake had a great game today for sure – but it was a full team effort to get the win. I couldn’t think of a better group of guys that I’d want to share this experience with. I’m so incredibly happy right now,” said Serio. “I just found out that this was the first time that Team USA swept the men’s and women’s gold for the Olympics and Paralympics. So all four gold medals – that is quite the accomplishment, and I think it speaks to how popular and awesome our sport is in our country. Hopefully this medal for both our men's and women’s Paralympic teams increases the awareness for our sport and we can take the momentum from here and go on to Tokyo."

For Spain, Alejandro Zarzuela finished with 20 points and seven rebounds, and his twin brother Pablo had 16 points.

The United States is a perfect 4-0 against Spain at the Paralympic Games, and last playing them in 1988 Seoul, 1996 Atlanta, and 2012 London. Team USA is 78-15 in the Paralympic Games.

Team USA led 8 of the 12 stat categories: Field goals percentage at 53.2; points for at 614 (76.8/game); points against at 349 allowed points (43.6); assists with 226 (28.3); least called fouls at 79 (9.9/game); least turnovers at 63 (7.9/game); steals with 76 (9.5/game); and 145 fast break points.

Lykins as the head coach of four U.S. Teams has earned a total of four medals over his coaching career – 1992 women’s silver; 2004 women’s gold; 2008 women’s gold; and 2016 men’s gold. Joining Lykins on the sidelines will be assistant coaches Robb Taylor of Auburn, Alabama, and John Sikora of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Scott Meyer of Columbia, Missouri, will serve as the Team Leader, with Mary Vacala of Savannah, Georgia, filling the athletic trainer position. Also assisting in preparations are strength coach Michael Cohen of Savannah, Georgia, and team psychologist Dr. Roberta Kraus of Colorado Springs, Colorado.

The U.S. men’s team finished with a bronze medal at the London 2012 Paralympics and look to improve in Rio de Janeiro. The men’s team finished seventh in 2004 and fourth in 2008, following bronze-medal performances in 2000 and 1996.

Rio 2016 Paralympic Games

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

September 7-17, 2016

Rio 2016 Paralympic Games Wheelchair Basketball Results

Pool Play

USA def. Brazil, 75-38

USA def. Germany, 77-25

USA def. Islamic Republic of Iran, 93-44

USA def. Algeria, 92-24

USA def. Great Britain, 65-48

Quarterfinals

Spain def. Germany, 70-66

Great Britain vs. Australia, 74-51

Turkey vs. Brazil, 65-49

United States def. Netherlands, 70-37

Semi-Finals

Spain def. Great Britain, 69-63

United States def. Turkey, 74-54

Gold Medal Game – United States def. Spain, 68-52

Bronze Medal Game – Great Britain def. Turkey, 82-76 OT

Placement Games

5th/6th Place – Brazil def. Australia, 70-69

7th/8th Place – Netherlands def. Germany, 61-50

9th/10th Place – Japan def. Islamic Republic of Iran, 65-52

11th/12th Place – Canada def. Algeria, 70-51

Paralympic Games All-Time Medal Count

Country (Gold / Silver / Bronze) total medals

1. USA (8 / 1 / 4) 13 total

2. Great Britain (0 / 3 / 5) 8 total

3. Islamic Republic of Iran (2 / 2 / 3) 7 total 

Rio 2016 Paralympic Games U.S. Wheelchair Basketball Record – 8-0

 

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The U.S. Women’s Wheelchair Basketball Team reclaimed its position on top of the podium for its third gold medal in the last four Paralympic Games by defeating Germany, 62-45, the London 2012 Paralympic Games gold medalists. The United States won is fourth overall gold medal in women’s wheelchair basketball, and leads the overall medal count with eight medals, next to Germany’s seven.

In a very strategic game for both teams, the United States and Germany played almost even, with Team USA edging ahead, 14-12. The second half witnessed another strong defensive output from Team USA pushing the German shooters outside and swarming their key players. Each team took a timeout after the first several minutes to regroup.

Three-time U.S. Paralympian Becca Murray of Germantown, Wisconsin, propelled the United States on a 15-5 run, and scoring 13 points in the first half. Two-time Paralympian Rose Hollermann of Elysian, Minnesota, is having a strong complete game snagging scoring six points, snagging nine rebounds and dishing out five assists in the first half.

“This is an amazing feeling. All of the hard work that we’ve put in for the last three or four years to get to this point, makes it just amazing to be here and to celebrate with such a great group of women,” said Murray. “I was part of the team in 2008 that took gold, and part of the team in 2012 that fell short, so I know how each side of it feels, and I wanted to be back on top of the podium so bad. We have a lot more experience working together as a team, and our chemistry has brought us close both on and off the court. We’ve spent so much time training together and I think that was the factor that brought us together.

After two quarters, Team USA built a 29-17 lead. Mareike Miller was the leading scorer at half for Germany with six points.

The U.S. fortress continued its domination to open the second half by coming out with a 13-0 run in the first four minutes, building a 42-17 lead. Germany returned with a small 8-2 run, before a vital U.S. timeout was called for the U.S. to finish the quarter up 49-31. The U.S. defense held Mareike Miller to only four points in the third. She finished the night with 10 points.

“Their defense was incredible. Germany is a great team and they have some great scorers. Our goal was to keep their scorers from getting in the paint and keep them from carrying their team to victory,” said U.S. Women’s Head Coach Stephanie Wheeler of Champaign, Illinois. “My heart is with our defense. I’m just so proud of the way they came out and they took the challenge to go out and stop some really great scorers. I’d say that my second proudest moment is that they played with so much composure on offense.”

Murray scored 11 more points in the quarter, with Hollerman having a double-double with 10 points, 11 rebounds and 8 assists. Co-captain Gail Gaeng of Frederick, Maryland, has tallied nine of her 11 points after three quarters, her most of the Paralympics.

In the fourth, Germany led the attack and narrowly outscored Team USA, 16-13, not enough to defend its 2012 gold medal. Germany jumped out quick in the fourth by going on a 11-2 run over the course of the first seven minutes. This run was stymied when Murray hit a three-pointer at the top of key, giving Team USA a 54-40 lead, but Germany’s Marina Mohnen returned with a three-pointer, 54-43. But this did not disturb Murray, who was hit in stride from three-time Paralympian Natalie Schneider of Crete, Nebraska, for another basket, essentially extinguishing Germany’s threat, 56-43.

Team USA closed out the quarter with Gaeng and Murray adding four more points from the charity stripe. Two-time Paralympian Desiree Miller of Monroe, Washington, closed the game with mid-range jumper and the Rio Paralympics, 62-45.

Murray paced the United States and led the squad with 33 points, eight rebounds and six assists. Hollermann closed out her first golden moment with 10 points, 12 rebounds and 8 assists. As a team, they shot 25 for of 55, while Germany finished 19 of 59. The United States narrowly won the rebound category, 36-35, and forced 12 turnovers in the 40 minutes.

“I think it is hard for this to sink in, because it is such a big moment, it’s going to take a bit to really hit me,” said Hollermann. “I think offensively we did a great job of moving the ball. Becca Murray was the hot hand today obviously, so we just kept finding her and she kept hitting shots, so that was huge for us. And defensively we did a great job of hitting chairs and keeping them out wide and we’re able to get the rebounds. All of the hard work has paid off, all of the sacrifice paid off, and it is just awesome to be there at the top of the podium."

The two countries have seen each other a total of 11 times in the Paralympics, and The United States now holds a 6-5 record against Germany. The United States is now 43-22 overall in the Paralympic Games.

Team USA six categories over the seven-game stretch. It is the third time that the United States has gone undefeated at the Paralympics, en route to the gold medal. Team USA led shooting percentage at 53.8 percent; points for at 505 points (72.1/game); assists with 178 (25.4/game); fouls with 55; and the least turnovers at 61 (8.7/game). The United States was second in points against with 42.3 per game, with Germany leading with 41.6 points per game against.

“I hope that this helps us recruit more athletes. I hope that they see that they have the opportunity to do something special in sport,” said Wheeler. “I hope that it helps the Paralympic sport movement in general. I know that there are people with disabilities who are out there who don’t know about sport. I didn’t know about it until six years after my accident. I hope that it spreads the word that you can be a part of this.”

The last time that both the U.S. Women’s and Men’s Teams won medals was at the Atlanta 1996 Paralympic Games. Each team earned bronze medals.

The U.S. Women’s Head Coach is Stephanie Wheeler of Champaign, Illinois, who won two Paralympic gold medals at the 2004 and 2008 Games, and will be assisted by NWBA Hall of Famer Trooper Johnson of San Lorenzo, California, and Amy Spangler of Madison, Wisconsin, with Kearstin Gehlhausen of Whitewater, Wisconsin, serving as the team leader, and Karla Wessels of Lexington, Kentucky, is the athletic trainer. Dr. Roberta Kraus of Colorado Springs, Colorado, serves as both the men’s and women’s Team Psychologist.

Rio 2016 Paralympic Games

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

September 7-18, 2016

Rio 2016 Paralympic Games Wheelchair Basketball Results

Pool Play (4-0)

USA def. France, 93-37

USA def. China, 70-36

USA def. Netherlands, 60-50

USA def. Algeria, 65-15

Quaterfinals

Germany def. France, 76-28

Netherlands def. Canada, 78-60

Great Britain def. China, 57-38

USA def. Brazil, 66-35

Semi-finals

Germany def. Netherlands, 55-45

United States def. Great Britain, 89-78

Placement Games

Gold Medal Game – United States def. Germany, 62-45

Bronze Medal Game – Netherlands def. Great Britain, 76-34

5th/6th Place Game – Canada def. China, 63-52

7th/8th Place Game –Brazil def. France, 57-39

9th/10th Place Game – Argentina def. Algeria, 53-38

Rio 2016 Paralympic Games U.S. Women’s Wheelchair Basketball Record – 7-0

All-Time Women’s Wheelchair Basketball Medal Table

1. USA (4 gold, 1 silver, 3 bronze) Total 8

2. Germany (3 gold, 4 silver, 0 bronze) Total 7

3. Islamic Republic of Iran (2 gold, 2 silver, 1 bronze) Total 5

U.S. Records

Most points in a game – 93 points vs. France on Sept. 8 (Old record – 75 points in 2008 vs. China)

Largest margin of victory – 56 points vs. France on Sept. 8 (Old record – 50 points in 2004 vs. Great Britain)

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The U.S. Men’s Wheelchair Basketball Team is returning to the gold-medal final at the Rio Paralympic Games for the first time in 28 years, after knocking over a strong Turkish team, 74-54. Team USA was challenge to start the game, and then went on a roll outscoring Turkey 52-35 over the last three quarters.

The first was a nail biter for the U.S. fans as Team USA saw the game tied twice and Turkey hold an advantage, as large as five points, until the remaining 28 seconds remained. The duo of three-time U.S. Paralympians Steve Serio of Westbury, New York, and Mike Paye of Warren, Michigan, connected with Paye driving down the paint for a 20-19 lead. Serio and Paye each scored six points, with first-time U.S. Paralympians Aaron Gouge of Wake Forest, North Carolina, and Brian Bell of Birmingham, Alabama, each scoring four points. Once again, Serio is the floor general adding five assists.

"We knew that Turkey is a really talented team. They were ready to play us tough, and I'm just happy to get the win today,” said Serio. “I feel very confident going into the gold-medal game against Spain. We're going to go back and watch the game tape from tonight and watch Spain's game against Great Britain in the other semifinal game. Hopefully, there are some things we can take away and improve on, and just get ready for the gold-medal game."

Team USA opened the second quarter with a 12-0 run that was energized by four-time U.S. Paralympian Matt Scott of Detroit, Michigan, who scored seven points in five minutes. Scott only played five minutes of the quarter as he picked up two questionable calls. Team USA maintained the rest of the half, only allowing Turkey to score eight points in the second for a 37-27 lead.

The third was almost identical to the second as Team USA outscored Turkey 34-15 in the last 20 minutes. Serio is having another stellar game with 15 points, five rebounds, and nine assists after three quarters. Gouge scored a Games personal best with 10 points after three.

"Defense helped solidify our 34-15 run. We pride ourselves on that. Our goal is to be the top defensive team in the tournament, and I feel we are,” said U.S. Men’s Head Coach Ron Lykins of Columbia, Missouri. “Turkey started out well in the first quarter, and then we just mixed it up and went with a different lineup, which really gave them trouble. It's been our MO the whole tournament."

The U.S. defense started the fourth quarter as the prior two by shutting down Turkey with an 8-second back court violation. Team USA maintained its advantage and ran back and forth with Turkey, who outscored the United States for the first time, 20-18. Serio closed out the night with 17 points, seven rebounds and nine assists. Joining Serio in scoring was Gouge, who scored six more in the fourth, for 16 points total, his best of the 2016 Paralympics. Jake Williams of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, came through in the fourth and finished with 10 points on the night.

"The shot clock violations were definitely part of the game plan. Turkey is so big and they shoot well. If they get anywhere near the basket, then we're in trouble,” said Lykins. “If we let them near the basket, then they are going to score. If we keep them away, then that helps us. Our whole plan was trying to keep their bigs away, and then we'd jump Oscar anywhere he went.

"We were not expecting a 20-point win. They are a good team, they're well-coached, they play well together, and they are talented. We knew it was going to be a struggle. Even though it said 20 on the scoreboard, it wasn't easy. It was a hard-fought win."

Team USA was 32 of 56 from the floor for 57 percent, while Turkey finished 24 for 54 and 44 percent on the night. Team USA forced 18 turnovers in the semifinals.

Turkey defeated the United States in 2012, and that was the only time these two countries have played prior. The United States is now 1-1 against Turkey at the Paralympics. The United States Men’s team finished pool play competition undefeated, 5-0. Overall, Team USA is 77-15 in the Paralympic Games.

Also joining Lykins on the sidelines will be assistant coaches Robb Taylor of Auburn, Alabama, and John Sikora of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Scott Meyer of Columbia, Missouri, will serve as the Team Leader, with Mary Vacala of Savannah, Georgia, filling the athletic trainer position. Also assisting in preparations are strength coach Michael Cohen of Savannah, Georgia, and team psychologist Dr. Roberta Kraus of Colorado Springs, Colorado.

The U.S. men’s team finished with a bronze medal at the London 2012 Paralympics and look to improve in Rio de Janeiro. The men’s team finished seventh in 2004 and fourth in 2008, following bronze-medal performances in 2000 and 1996.

Rio 2016 Paralympic Games

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

September 7-17, 2016

Rio 2016 Paralympic Games Wheelchair Basketball Results

Pool Play

USA def. Brazil, 75-38

USA def. Germany, 77-25

USA def. Islamic Republic of Iran, 93-44

USA def. Algeria, 92-24

USA def. Great Britain, 65-48

Quarterfinals

Spain def. Germany, 70-66

Great Britain vs. Australia, 74-51

Turkey vs. Brazil, 65-49

United States def. Netherlands, 70-37

Semi-Finals

Spain def. Great Britain, 69-63

United States def. Turkey, 74-54

Gold Medal Game – United States vs. Spain on Sept. 17

Bronze Medal Game – Great Britain vs. Turkey on Sept. 17

 

Placement Games

5th/6th Place – Australia vs. Brazil on Sept. 17

7th/8th Place – Germany vs. Netherlands on Sept. 17

9th/10th Place – Japan def. Islamic Republic of Iran, 65-52

11th/12th Place – Canada def. Algeria, 70-51

 Rio 2016 Paralympic Games U.S. Wheelchair Basketball Record – 6-0

Photo courtesy: Joe Kusumoto, U.S. Paralympics

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – It started as a gritty Paralympic Games women’s semifinal matchup between the United States and Great Britain in the first half as the teams had nine ties and the crowd witnessed five lead changes. The second half belonged to the United States as they pulled away from the Brits, 89-78, for a return to the gold-medal game on Friday, September 16 in the Rio Olympic Arena at 4:30 p.m. Eastern.

Team USA and Great Britain opened with a back and forth first quarter. Team GB started an 8-2 run at the 6:28 mark of the first, then USA returned with a 12-4 run from the 4:29 mark to knot the score at 18-18 after the first 10 minutes. Leading the pace for Team USA is two-time Paralympic Desiree Miller of Monroe, Washington, with 14 points. Three-time Paralympian Becca Murray of Germantown, Wisconsin, has dished out eight assists in the first.

Two-time Paralympian Rose Hollerman of Elysian, Minnesota, tied the game at the 8:54-minute mark of the second, 22-22, that started another momentum changing run, 8-4. Great Britain came back in the course of the next two minutes and pulled ahead with 3:37 in the half with a basket from Robyn Love, 32-30, finishing a 6-0 run. Murray hit a nice two-point shot from 15 feet and was fouled for a three-point play at 2:11 of the second, giving the United States a 35-32 lead. Gail Gaeng of Frederick, Maryland, closed out a 9-0 run with a driving lay-up giving the United States a 41-36 half-time lead.

Three U.S. players had with double digits after two quarters of play: Miller with 16 points and seven assists; Murray with 11 points and 10 assists; and Hollermann putting up 10 points. Team USA shoot a tournament best 71 percent going 20 for 28 at the half. Great Britain has a slight edge in rebounds, snagging 14 to the United States’ 11.

Great Britain’s leading scorers were Helen Freeman, who played at the University of Illinois for U.S. Women’s Head Coach Stephanie Wheeler, with 12 points, and Amy Conroy with 11 points.

Team USA came out and stymied Great Britain’s attack going on a shooting extravaganza with 26 points, and held Great Britain to only 13 in the quarter. Miller has her best shooting day in the Paralympics with 26 points, followed by Murray’s 21 points and Hollermann’s 14 points. Team USA kept Great Britain from the basket for the first 4:39 of the third. At the end of the third, Team USA had built a comfortable 67-49 lead, which was maintained in the fourth and Team USA advances to the gold-medal game for the first time since 2008.

“They (Great Britain) are a force to reckon with,” said Miller. “This is a huge deal. The one word that keeps coming to me is humbling. The women in the past had built a dynasty and to honor them by getting back to the gold-medal game just shows our respect. It’s humbling to reach the final game. This shows our respect for all of us who have sacrificed so much, and shows our respect before us. It’s powerful to be there tomorrow. I felt this within myself today. Things worked out today for us.”

Closing out the day, Murray finished with 31 points and 13 assists, and was responsible for the last eight points down the stretch for the 89-78 victory. Miller finished the day with a double-double – 26 points and 14 assists. Hollerman was contained for 22 points, and Gaeng contributed her Paralympic best with 10 points.

“I feel wonderfully proud of the team as they accepted the challenge to play their best when it matters. We had potential to be back in the gold-medal game and we did it,” said Wheeler. “Our game plan coming in was to shut off the inside today, but they were hitting everything from the outside. I give credit to Great Britain. We had to change a little and protect the outside and shut down Helen Freeman who had a tremendous game. We went out in the third with a strong defense stance and remained true to our plan as we know our offense can take off from there. We were extremely efficient on offense in the third.”

For Great Britain, Freeman finished with 29 points, followed by Amy Conroy putting back 22 points, and Love finishing with 11 points. The United States finished the day shooting 69 percent from the floor and won the rebound game, 28-25. Great Britain finished the game shooting 55 percent. Team USA is a perfect 5-0 against Great Britain at the Paralympic Games.

The United States will face Germany in the gold-medal game on Friday, September 16 at 4:30 p.m. Eastern. The two countries have seen each other a total of 10 times in the Paralympics, and have a 5-5 record. Germany is the defending Paralympic Games champion in women’s wheelchair basketball. The Netherlands will play for the bronze against Great Britain also on Friday. 

The United States is now 42-22 overall in the Paralympic Games. The United States finished the pool play tournament as the only undefeated team, 4-0, scoring the second most points in the pool with 288 (72 pts./game), and allowing the least against, 138 points (34.5 pts./game).

The U.S. Women’s Head Coach is Stephanie Wheeler of Champaign, Illinois, who won two Paralympic gold medals at the 2004 and 2008 Games, and will be assisted by NWBA Hall of Famer Trooper Johnson of San Lorenzo, California, and Amy Spangler of Madison, Wisconsin, with Kearstin Gehlhausen of Whitewater, Wisconsin, serving as the team leader, and Karla Wessels of Lexington, Kentucky, is the athletic trainer. Dr. Roberta Kraus of Colorado Springs, Colorado, serves as both the men’s and women’s Team Psychologist. 

The U.S. Women’s team finished fourth at the London 2012 Paralympics, after claiming the gold medal at the Beijing 2008 and Athens 2004 Paralympic Games.

 

Rio 2016 Paralympic Games

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

September 7-18, 2016

Rio 2016 Paralympic Games Wheelchair Basketball Results

Pool Play (4-0)

USA def. France, 93-37

USA def. China, 70-36

USA def. Netherlands, 60-50

USA def. Algeria, 65-15

Quaterfinals

Germany def. France, 76-28

Netherlands def. Canada, 78-60

Great Britain def. China, 57-38

USA def. Brazil, 66-35

Semi-finals

Germany vs. Netherlands on Sept. 15

United States def. Great Britain, 89-78

Placement Games

Gold Medal Game – United States vs. winner of Germany vs. Netherlands on Sept. 16

Bronze Medal Game – Great Britain vs. loser of Germany vs. Netherlands on Sept. 16

5th/6th Place Game – Canada vs. China on Sept. 16

7th/8th Place Game – France vs. Brazil on Sept. 16

9th/10th Place Game – Argentina def. Algeria, 53-38

Rio 2016 Paralympic Games U.S. Women’s Wheelchair Basketball Record – 6-0

U.S. Records

Most points in a game – 93 points vs. France on Sept. 8 (Old record – 75 points in 2008 vs. China)

Largest margin of victory – 56 points vs. France on Sept. 8 (Old record – 50 points in 2004 vs. Great Britain)

2016 NWBA Women’s Developmental Camp

October 20-23, 2016

Lakeshore Foundation

Birmingham, AL

Application deadline: Thursday, October 6th

The High Performance Program works to advance women’s wheelchair basketball talent and build a broader and stronger pipeline of athletes and coaches for our USA National Teams. The High Performance Program bridges the gap between our USA National Team and member programs across the country.

The High Performance Program of the National Wheelchair Basketball Association (NWBA) is the “Pipeline” for athletes who aspire to reach the elite level of their sport and is intended to grow the pool of talented young players within the NWBA membership who may someday compete for a spot on the USA National and Paralympic Teams.

The purpose of this camp is to identify and begin the development process for emerging athletes for the High Performance Pool. The aim is to develop a standardized and consistent style of play throughout the National Team Programs.

This camp will concentrate on the following areas:

1. Identify talent for the USA Senior Women’s Team for the 2017-2020 quadrennial.

2. Identify talent for the 2019 U25 Women’s Team.

3. Introduce prospective athletes to the sport services utilized by the USA Women’s National Team.

a. (i.e. strength & conditioning, nutrition, sport psychology, medical, classification & skill development)

4. Expose prospective players to the international game and style of play of the USA Women’s National Team.

This camp will be conducted and staffed by the current US Senior Women's National Team Coaching Staff. Additional Staff may be utilized based on participant numbers.

Please click on the link below for more information on the camp.

Click here to view and complete the camp registration packet


This camp is an open camp and any interested participants may apply to attend. If camp capacity is reached assigned coaching staff will select attendees from pool of applicants.

The deadline for applications is Thursday, October 6th. Completed registration packets and questions should be directed to Brandon McBeain, brandonmcbeain@nwba.org or (719) 266-4082 ext. 108. 

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Team USA had to come from behind for the first time in Rio Paralympics in order to keep its medal chances alive. Co-captain and three-time U.S. Paralympian Steve Serio of Westbury, New York, orchestrated a complete game on both ends of the court for the victory over the Netherlands, 70-37, and advance the United States into the semifinals.

The Netherlands built an 18-12 lead in the first quarter shooting an astounding 63 percent from the floor, as Team USA struggled only hitting 33 percent of its attempts. Serio was the statistical leader across the board with six points, three rebounds and three assists. Mustafa Korkmaz scored 8 points for the Dutch’s lead.

“Our offense was pretty stagnant to start the game, and we were not moving,” said U.S. Men’s Head Coach Ron Lykins of Columbia, Missouri. “They dug themselves out of hole and moved well in the second and started to spread the floor well. I trust these guys on this team. It’s a great chemistry.”

The tide reversed in the second as Team USA held the Netherlands scoreless for nine minutes and Team USA scored 15 points from three players. Three-time U.S. Paralympian Josh Turek of Council Bluffs, Iowa, paced the team with six of his 14 points in the second quarter. Four-time Paralympian Matt Scott of Detroit, Michigan, put up five of his nine points in the second quarter, and Serio closed out with four more points. At the half, Team USA led Netherlands, 27-20.

“It was the quarterfinals of the tournament and we laid down to start the game,” said Serio. “We had a good game plan coming in and we did not need to change it. We just had to execute to the plan. Our defense is the signature of this team. We put a line-up in there in the second that is pure energy.

Team USA continued its pressure to open the second half with a 24-4 run for a 51-24 lead over the Netherlands. Team USA’s defense was relentless for two minutes only allowing the Dutch to score six points. The trio of Serio, Turek, and Scott moved the ball extremely efficient, and improved Team USA accuracy from the floor to 60 percent. The Netherlands shot 32 percent over three quarters.

In the fourth, the United States played a variety of players continuing its dominance by adding 19 more points in the final stanza. Once again, the U.S. had 10 of its 12 athletes score.

Serio, who scored his most points tonight, led the squad with 18 points, eight rebounds and 11 assists. Turek was the second leading scorer with 14 points and nine rebounds. For the game, Team USA was 30 of 58 from the floor, and forced a total of 20 turnovers.

Overall, Team USA is 76-15 in Paralympic Games competition. Up next for Team USA is the winner of the Turkey vs. Brazil quarterfinal, that is scheduled for 8 p.m. Eastern.

The United States and the Netherlands have played each other a total of seven times in the Paralympics. Prior to this afternoon, the last time they met was in 2004. The United States now has a 3-4 record against the Netherlands.

The United States Men’s team finished pool play competition undefeated, 5-0.

Also joining Lykins on the sidelines will be assistant coaches Robb Taylor of Auburn, Alabama, and John Sikora of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Scott Meyer of Columbia, Missouri, will serve as the Team Leader, with Mary Vacala of Savannah, Georgia, filling the athletic trainer position. Also assisting in preparations are strength coach Michael Cohen of Savannah, Georgia, and team psychologist Dr. Roberta Kraus of Colorado Springs, Colorado.

The U.S. men’s team finished with a bronze medal at the London 2012 Paralympics and look to improve in Rio de Janeiro. The men’s team finished seventh in 2004 and fourth in 2008, following bronze-medal performances in 2000 and 1996.

Rio 2016 Paralympic Games

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

September 7-17, 2016

Rio 2016 Paralympic Games Wheelchair Basketball Results

Pool Play

USA def. Brazil, 75-38

USA def. Germany, 77-25

USA def. Islamic Republic of Iran, 93-44

USA def. Algeria, 92-24

USA def. Great Britain, 65-48

Quarterfinals

Spain def. Germany, 70-66

Great Britain vs. Australia, 74-51

Turkey vs. Brazil

United States def. Netherlands, 70-37

Semi-Finals

Spain vs. Great Britain

United States vs. winner of Turkey vs. Brazil

9th/10th Place – Japan vs. Islamic Republic of Iran on September 15

11th/12th Place – Canada def. Algeria, 70-51

 Rio 2016 Paralympic Games U.S. Wheelchair Basketball Record – 6-0

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