BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA – Team Canada closed out the U.S. Women’s International Friendly Wheelchair Basketball event at the Lakeshore Foundation with a 3-0 record by going on a scoring spree in the final minutes of Friday’s game to win, 63-48, over Team USA. Up next for both teams is the 2017 IWBF America’s Cup Qualifier in Cali, Colombia, August 21-31.
Team USA kept the game within five points through the third and most of the fourth quarter on the hot handed Desi Miller of Monroe, Washington, who scored 18 points. The two-time Paralympian and Rio gold medalist was credited with 6 rebounds and 6 assists.
The Canadians were led by four athletes with double figures. Arinn Young led Canada with 19 points, followed by Cindy Oullet, who had 15 points. Dandeneau and Lalonde scored 12 and 11 points, respectively, for the closing game of the week.
U.S. Women’s Head Coach, Trooper Johnson, San Lorenzo, California, and was a 15-time U.S. Men’s National Team member and two-time Paralympic medalist. The NWBA Hall of Fame head coach is joined by assistant coaches Amy Spangler of Madison, Wisconsin, and Adam Kramer of Northport, Alabama. Athletic Trainer Karla Wessels of Lexington, Kentucky, and Team Leader Kearstin Gehlhausen of Denver, Colorado, also return for a second term.
U.S. Women’s International Friendly
Lakeshore Foundation, Birmingham, Alabama
August 2-4, 2017
August 2 – Canada def. USA, 58-46
August 3 – Canada def. USA, 48-41
August 4 – Canada def. USA, 63-48