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    HAMBURG, GERMANY - Defenses keyed-in on Rose Hollermann of Elysian, Minnesota all week at the 2018 IWBF World Championships. Double-teams, traps, hard fouls, anything to keep the gold-medal U.S. Paralympian from getting into her rhythm.

    Tuesday morning, she showed everyone why.

    Hollermann erupted for a robust 25 points, 14 rebounds and seven assists as the U.S. women defeated France, 57-25, improving to 2-2, at the 2018 IWBF World Championships. Lindsey Zurburgg of Portland, Oregon has emerged as a consistent secondary scoring option for the U.S. throughout this tournament, scoring 15 points in this one.

    Coming off back-to-back losses, the United States used strong second and fourth quarters to outscore the French 34-10. The Americans used their superior athleticism to limit the French to 18 percent shooting and owned the interior with a 46-33 rebounding advantage.

    Zurbrugg was the lone bright spot for the U.S. early on, scoring seven of the team’s 9 points in the first quarter. Most of her looks came off dimes from Morgan Wood of Gordonsville, Tennessee, who recorded a team-high nine assists. The Americans led 9-4 at the end of one.

    Hollermann made her impact felt in second quarter. She carved her way through the French defense, patiently getting into the paint and picking her spots as she logged 10 points, five rebounds and two assists. The U.S. went into a zone defense, and that stymied the French’s inside game. France did not score until there was 1:43 left in the quarter, and went into halftime down 23-9.

    The third quarter saw more Hollermann brilliance, as she put up nine more points against the reeling French defense. Fellow U.S. Paralympic gold medalist Abby Dunkin of New Braunfels,Texas pitched in with a couple of baskets to help stretch the lead to 57-25 by the end of the quarter.

    By the start of the final period, the game was out of reach. Every player for the U.S. saw quality playing time and the bench did not let up, growing the final margin of victory to 32 points. Even with Hollermann dominating the scoring, the team passed the ball efficiently with 22 assists on 25 made shots.

    The U.S. women sit at 2-2 in pool play with their final preliminary game coming Wednesday against Argentina at 4 a.m. Eastern. Team USA has never faced Argentina in the World Championships.

    NWBA Hall of Famer Trooper Johnson of San Lorenzo, California is head coach of the U.S. Women’s Team, and his assistant coaches are Amy Spangler of Madison Wisconsin, and Adam Kramer of Northport, Alabama. Kearstin Gehlhausen of Denver, Colorado serves as the Team Leader, with Karla Franconi of Lexington, Kentucky, filling the athletic trainer position.

    The U.S. has returned home with a medal from every World Championships, except for the 2014 World Championships, since its inception in 1990, accumulating two gold medals and four silver medals. USA has played for the gold medal in six of the last seven IWBF World Championships.

     

    2018 IWBF World Championships

    Hamburg, Germany

    August 16 - 26, 2018

    2018 IWBF World Championships Results

    USA def. Algeria, 75-38 (1-0)

    Germany def. USA, 70-54 (1-1)

    China def. USA, 74 - 43 (1-2)

    USA def. France, 57-25 (2-2)

    U.S. Women’s Schedule for 2018 IWBF World Championships

    8/17 vs Algeria 11:30 AM (Eastern/New York)

    8/19 vs Germany 6:45 AM

    8/20 vs China 12:00 PM

    8/21 vs France 10:15 AM

    8/22 vs Argentina 4:00 AM

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    The U.S. women play their fourth game of pool play in the IWBF Championships against France today at 8:00 AM, EST. Stay here to watch the game, get live stats and post-game recaps!

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    HAMBURG, GERMANY - Another wire-to-wire victory for the U.S. men in the IWBF World Championships, and its most convincing win to date.

    Six U.S. players scored in double-figures during their 82-31 rout over Morocco. The 51-point margin of victory shatters the team's previous IWBF World Championship record of 49 point set in 2010 against Poland. Jared Arambula of Valparaiso, Indiana led all scorers with 14 points.

    “We just tried to come out focused,” said Arambula. “It’s crossover [games] now; it’s win-or-go-home time.”

    The win showcased just how deep Team USA’s roster goes. The U.S. set this record without arguably its best all-around player and team captain, Steve Serio of Westbury, New York, attempting a single shot.

    It took both teams a couple of minutes to find their groove in the first quarter, until Brian Bell of Birmingham, Alabama drained a three-pointer at the end of the shot clock for the U.S. That bucket got him and team going, opening the game on a 12-0 run. Bell and Jake Williams of Milwaukee, Wisconsin paced the U.S. in the first quarter. Bell scored all of his 11 points in the period while Williams added 7 of his own. Morocco had no answer for the U.S. high-pressure defense. They were unable to get any looks close to the basket, shooting 2-for-11 (18 percent) and found themselves down 24-4 at the end of the first.

    The U.S. defense locked into its full court press in the first half. Aaron Gouge of Wake Forest, North Carolina, Matt Scott of Detroit, Michigan, and Serio made it nearly impossible for the Moroccans to even get the ball past half court. Morocco went scoreless for a six-minute stretch from the end of the first quarter to the middle of the second. The American defense looked one step ahead of their counterparts, tipping and intercepting passes to rack up 12 steals in the contest.

    “We’re looking to get stops,” said Arambula. “I’m looking to get chair position. We’re all looking to play help defense, in constant communication all the time. If we work together, then we think we can be one of the better teams here.”

    On offense, Team USA got whatever shot they wanted: easy looks in transition, layups out of the pick and roll, open jumpshots out of set plays. Arambula opened the second quarter with a personal 8-0 run. Gouge scored seven of his 11 points in the quarter, with a  few coming off slick feeds from Scott (team-high seven assists). The U.S. held a commanding 51-17 lead at the half.

    Jorge Sanchez of Oakland California and veteran Mike Paye of Gross Pointe, Michigan carried the offensive load for Team USA in the second half. Paye showed off his textbook shooting stroke on a few mid-range jumpers, scoring six points in the period. Sanchez played his role as instant offense, scoring nine of his 11 points in the third quarter going a perfect 4-of-4 shooting.

    “I know when I come into the game it’s to bring energy and produce right off the bench, and that’s what I did,” said Sanchez. “Just gave my teammates energy, played great defense, then came out and scored.”

    Paye finished the game with 10 points and five rebounds. For the gold medal U.S. Paralympian, this record-breaking win is part of a “once in a lifetime opportunity."

    Statistically, the U.S. had an advantage in every box score metric over its opponent.

    The men remain unbeaten at 4-0 in the IWBF World Championships, winning their games by an average of just under 29 points. The U.S. will play the winner of the Netherlands/Turkey crossover game Wednesday morning at 5:45 a.m. Eastern.

    NWBA Hall of Famer Ron Lykins of Columbia, Missouri is the head coach. His assistants are Robb Taylor of Auburn, Alabama, and John Sikora of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Scott Meyer of Columbia, Missouri, serves as the Team Leader, with Mary Vacala of Savannah, Georgia, filling the athletic trainer position. Assisting Valaca at the trainer position is Jeremy Johnson of Dothan, Alabama.

    The U.S. men have returned home with a medal from every World Championships since 1975, accumulating six gold medals and four silver medals. USA has played for the gold medal in 9 of the last 10 IWBF World Championships, most recently winning silver in 2014.

     

    2018 IWBF World Championships

    Hamburg, Germany

    August 16 - 26, 2018

    2018 IWBF World Championships Results

    USA def. Poland, 82-51 (1-0)

    USA def. Great Britain, 66-59 (2-0)

    USA def. South Korea, 75-49 (3-0)

    USA def. Morocco, 82-31 (4-0)

    U.S. Men’s Schedule for 2018 IWBF World Championships

    8/18 vs Poland, 3:30 AM (Eastern/New York)

    8/19 vs Great Britain, 2:15 PM

    8/20 vs South Korea, 8:00 AM

    8/21 vs Morocco, 2:00 AM

    8/22 vs Netherlands/Turkey, TBA

     

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    The U.S. men play their crossover match of the IWBF Championships against Morocco today at 4:00 AM, EST. Stay here to watch the game, get live stats and post-game recaps!

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    HAMBURG, GERMANY - After two quarters of tightly contested action, the U.S women lost their rhythm and with it, the game.

    Despite another strong all-around effort from Morgan Wood of Gordonsville, Tennessee, the U.S. women lost to China, 64-43. Wood played all 40 minutes in this contest, scoring 18 points to go along with 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Lindsey Zurbrugg of Portland, Oregon chipped in 15 points, as only four players on the U.S. team scored at least one point. China’s Xuemei Zhang led all scorer with 22 point and 8 rebounds.

    The first quarter saw back and forth, tense action as both teams ended the quarter tied in points (14), rebounds (7) and (assists). The Chinese defense focused on shutting down gold-medal Paralympian Rose Hollerman of Elysian, Minnesota with double teams and jumping out on screens. Hollerman took advantage of the pressure by finding her University of Texas-Arlington teammate Wood early and often. They flashed their chemistry numerous times, on drive and kick plays or setting screen to free one each other up for jumper. Hollermann finished with only six points (3-of-10 shooting) but found her teammates for 9 assists and grabbed 7 rebounds.

    A battle between snipers emerged in the second quarter, as China’s Suiling Lin traded shots with Wood and Zurbrugg. Lin would finish the game with 17 points, with most coming from a variety of mid-range jump shots.

    Unforced errors started to creep up on Team USA, commiting six turnovers by halftime on errant passes. China’s defense packed the paint, forcing the U.S to go deep into the shot clock on several possessions. The Americans still found ways to score, slipping through the cracks China’s of pick and roll defense. China held a slight lead at the half, 26-24.

    The third quarter turned out to be the difference in the contest. More giveaways from the Americans led to fast break opportunities for China, who scored 15 points off of turnovers. The U.S finished with 16 turnovers, compared to only 4 for the Chinese.

    The American’s offense stalled in the third, as the Chinese went on a 16-2 run. During that stretch, Morgan Wood picked up a rare unsportsmanlike foul with 3:41 on clock.  The Chinese would head in the fourth period up 48-32.

    Both teams played pretty evenly in the final quarter of action, with China largest lead growing to 22 at one point.

    Following back-to-back losses, the U.S. women sit at 1-2 in pool play with a chance to right the ship on Tuesday against France at 10:15 a.m. Eastern. The U.S. is 4-0 all-time against France in the World Championships, recently winning 74-35 back in 2014.

    The U.S. Women’s Team is coached by NWBA Hall of Famer Trooper Johnson of San Lorenzo, California, and his assistant coaches are Amy Spangler of Madison Wisconsin, and Adam Kramer of Northport, Alabama. Kearstin Gehlhausen of Denver, Colorado serves as the Team Leader, with Karla Franconi of Lexington, Kentucky, filling the athletic trainer position.

    The U.S. has returned home with a medal from every World Championships, except for the 2014 World Championships, since its inception in 1990, accumulating two gold medals and four silver medals. USA has played for the gold medal in six of the last seven IWBF World Championships.

     

    2018 IWBF World Championships

    Hamburg, Germany

    August 16 - 26, 2018

    2018 IWBF World Championships Results

    USA def. Algeria, 75-38 (1-0)

    Germany def. USA, 70-54 (1-1)

    China def. USA, 74 - 43 (1-2)

    U.S. Women’s Schedule for 2018 IWBF World Championships

    8/17 vs Algeria 11:30 AM (Eastern/New York)

    8/19 vs Germany 6:45 AM

    8/20 vs China 12:00 PM

    8/21 vs France 10:15 AM

    8/22 vs Argentina 4:00 AM

     

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    The U.S. women play their third pool match of the IWBF Championships against China today at 12:00 AM, EST. Stay here to watch the game, get live stats and post-game recaps!

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    HAMBURG, GERMANY- Only three games into the U.S. men’s national team's IWBF World Championship campaign, and Team USA is starting to hit its stride.

    Jake Williams of Milwaukee, Wisconsin scored a team-high 18 points, and the Americans rolled to a third straight victory with a 72-49 blowout over South Korea on Monday. Jared Arambula of Valparaiso, Indiana flirted with a triple-double (11 points, seven rebounds and eight assists) as the Americans finished pool play a flawless 3-0.

    The U.S. got off to quick a lead and never looked back. Williams picked up where he left off last game, racking up with nine points in the first six minutes of the opening quarter.  As he knocked down shots from deep, Steve Serio of Westbury, New York zigged and zagged through defenders in the paint for seven points. Arambula showed off his vision with five assists, including a touchdown pass on the fast break to Serio and no-look, behind the back dish to Nate Hinze of Sheboygan, Wisconsin. The U.S. as whole moved the ball well, with nine assists on 10 made shots.

    South Korea came out running a simple offense, but like the last game against Great Britain, the U.S. struggled to secure defensive rebounds early on. Even with the rebounding woes, the U.S. finished the first quarter up 25-12.

    U.S. head coach Ron Lykins put in a defensive unit to begin the second quarter and jumped into full court press. The result? Ten first half turnovers from the Koreans. Trevon Jenifer of Huntington, Maryland came off the bench to score ten points, with a few of his layups coming off of nifty assists from Matt Scott of Detroit Michigan. Scott finished the game with 11 points and four assists. The hyper-aggressive U.S. defense was a staple throughout, as the South Koreans shot 29% at the half compared to 65% for the U.S. The Americans went into halftime up 44-21.

    The bench unit started the third quarter for the U.S. and the offense sputtered a bit, scoring only two field goals in the first seven minutes. South Korean captain Dong Hyeon Gin exposed the rebounding issues that continue haunted the Americans. Even in a blowout Gim did not lay down, throwing his body around and scrapping for loose balls. Gim finished with 26 points and 11 rebounds (6 offensive) on the night. The Koreans outscored the U.S. in the third quarter 13-11, but still trailed 55-34.

    All 12 players on both teams saw court time by the fourth quarter, as the U.S. lead ballooned to as much as 23 points. Jenifer logged heavy minutes in the second half; his defensive effort and quick hands made it difficult for the Koreans to muster up any hope for a comeback.

    The men went 3-0 in pool play, winning their games by an average of just over 21 points. The U.S. will play Morocco (0-3) for its crossover game at 4 am Eastern on Tuesday.

    Also joining Lykins on the sidelines are assistant coaches Robb Taylor of Auburn, Alabama, and John Sikora of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Scott Meyer of Columbia, Missouri, serves as the Team Leader, with Mary Vacala of Savannah, Georgia, filling the athletic trainer position. Assisting Valaca at the trainer position is Jeremy Johnson of Dothan, Alabama.

    The U.S. men have returned home with a medal from every World Championships since 1975, accumulating six gold medals and four silver medals. USA has played for the gold medal in 9 of the last 10 IWBF World Championships, most recently winning silver in 2014.

     

    2018 IWBF World Championships

    Hamburg, Germany

    August 16 - 26, 2018

    2018 IWBF World Championships Results

    USA def. Poland, 82-51

    USA def. Great Britain, 66-59

    USA de. South Korea, 75-49

    U.S. Men’s Schedule for 2018 IWBF World Championships

    8/18 vs Poland 3:30 AM (Eastern/New York)

    8/19 vs Great Britain 2:15 PM

    8/20 vs South Korea 8:00 AM

     

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    The U.S. men play their third and final pool match of the IWBF Championships against South Korea today at 8:00 AM, EST. Stay here to watch the game, get live stats and post-game recaps!

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    HAMBURG, GERMANY - The two originators of wheelchair basketball, United States and Great Britain, met up in pool play with an intense game, where the United States pulled away in the third quarter for a 66-59 victory at the 2018 IWBF World Championships. The game announcers billed as “The Final before the Final” did not disappoint, with numerous lead changes and highlight plays throughout. Jake Williams of Milwaukee, Wisconsin served as the tipping point in the see-saw battle, scoring a game-high 23 points (10-of-22 shooting, 3-of-6 from three-point range) to go along with seven rebounds and six assists. The ever-present Steve Serio of Westbury, New York made an impact as well, tallying 15 points, seven rebounds, six assists and four steals.

    "I'm just trying to go out there one possession at a time and give it 100 percent," said Williams. "I mean, I'm tired. Much more tired than I have been."

    With these two teams playing each other on a frequent basis and a total of 11 times in the World Championships, it was a matter of feeling each other out and seeing which schemes were rolled out to start the first quarter.

    Great Britain kept up with Team USA’s trademark up-tempo pace without being rushed, ending the opening period up 22-18. The referees let both teams play fairly physical and not many fouls were called. The gym echoed with thuds, screeches and shouts as players had hard drives in the paint. Williams kept Team USA afloat with 10 points in the first, including a deep, 30-foot three-pointer to cut the Great Britain lead to four.

    The size of Great Britain’s Lee Manning dictated the second quarter, as his albatross-like wingspan gobbled up rebounds that led to numerous second chance points. The U.S. defense tried to contain Manning, who shot 2/6 in the second frame, but he still had a strong 12 points and 11 rebounds (4 offensive) going into the halftime break.

    The Americans struggled to hit from outside all night; no U.S. player besides Williams scored a three-pointer in the contest. U.S. Head coach Ron Lykins made to a concerted effort to get his team to the attack paint, led by sixth-man Matt Scott of Detroit, Michigan. This put an onus on refs to call fouls, and got the British in the foul trouble.

    Great Britain started the third-quarter with an easy lay-up for Harry Brown on a set play. That would be their only bucket until the six minute mark -- the U.S. defense turned up, outscoring the British 21-9 in the third quarter. Early foul trouble for the Brits revealed the U.S.’s greatest strength, its depth. The British only got two points from its bench through three quarters. British starter Greg Warburton’s wheelchair had frequent mechanical issues; that combined with foul trouble plaguing stars Manning and Brown that gave the Americans a window. The U.S. took its first lead at 39-37, on a savvy mid-range jumper from Brian Bell of Birmingham, Alabama. That came in the midst of a 9-0 run late in third, capped off by a Williams three-pointer.

    "We battled through," said Bell. "They some tough shots on us in the beginning, but we were able to battle through, comeback, and get the job done in the end."

    In the fourth, both teams played pretty evenly. Team USA pulled away with a lead as large as 13 points in several instances, and it never seemed like Great Britain had a chance to get back in the game.

    Statistically, the U.S. took advantage from the team on the other side of pond. Great Britain turned the ball over seven times, which led to 21 points off those turnovers. Should these teams meet again in the tournament, the U.S. will need to address their rebounding. The Brits outrebounded the U.S. 41-34, with a 10-3 advantage on second chance points.

    "That's a tough [Great Britain] team," said Bell. "A bunch of young guys that I believe are the future of GB [sic]."

    The U.S. men are 2-0 overall in pool play with their final preliminary game coming on Monday against South Korea at 8:00 p.m Eastern. The U.S. men remain the only undefeated team in their pool, which includes Poland and Great Britain.

    Also joining Lykins on the sidelines are assistant coaches Robb Taylor of Auburn, Alabama, and John Sikora of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Scott Meyer of Columbia, Missouri, serves as the Team Leader, with Mary Vacala of Savannah, Georgia, filling the athletic trainer position.

    The U.S. has returned home with a medal from every World Championships, except for the 2014 World Championships, since its inception in 1990, accumulating two gold medals and four silver medals. USA has played for the gold medal in six of the last seven IWBF World Championships.

     

    2018 IWBF World Championships

    Hamburg, Germany

    August 16 - 26, 2018

    2018 IWBF World Championships Results

    USA def. Poland, 82-51

    USA def. Great Britain, 66-59

    U.S. Men’s Schedule for 2018 IWBF World Championships

    8/18 vs Poland 3:30 AM (Eastern/New York)

    8/19 vs Great Britain 2:15 PM

    8/20 vs South Korea 8:00 AM

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    The U.S. men play their second match of the IWBF Championships against Great Britain today at 2:15 PM, EST. Stay here to watch the game, get live stats and post-game recaps!

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    HAMBURG, GERMANY - In their first rematch since the gold-medal game of the 2016 Rio Paralympics, the German women’s national team defeated the U.S. 70-54. Morgan Wood of Gordonsville, Tennessee scored 30 points, over half of the team’s scoring output, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the German’s potent offense.

    The Germans made a focused effort to shut down Rose Hollermann of Elysian, Minnesota and Abby Dunkin of New Braunfels, Texas. Defenders stayed glued to both players throughout the contest, forcing them to take several contested jumpers. In the first quarter Wood kept the team afloat, scoring 8 of the team’s 9 points in the period. Hollermann had some trouble scoring early, recording only 1 point and not hitting a shot (0-for-3) in the opening period. 

    “I think we were all a little bit rusty today, that was obvious,” said Wood. “I just wanted to maintain my intensity. We’re having a bad shooting day and someone has to step up and put the team on their shoulders. That’s what I really wanted to do.”

    The U.S. had no answer for Germany’s Marina Mohnen, who finished the game with a triple-double: 27 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists. Mohnen did most of her damage in the first half, racking up 18 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists. Her scoring opened up opportunities for her squad’s Class 1.0 players in the paint. Most of Germany’s 40 points in the paint came off of textbook pick-and-roll action.

    “We’re better than this,” said Wood. "We've got to work."

    Hollermann and Dunkin struggled to find their groove in the first half, combining to shoot only 2-for-11 from the field. Germany showed no signs of slowing down as they ended the second quarter on a 16-5 run, up 41-18 at the break. Both offenses were polar opposites -- the Germans shot 58 percent compared to only 29 percent for Team USA.

    “Our intensity wasn’t really there like we wanted it to be,” said Kaitlyn Eaton of Houston, Texas. “The Germans are big. They’re big and strong girls, and we’ve got to come out just as strong as they are. I don’t think we did that.”

    The tide shifted slightly in the second half as Team USA outscored the Germans 38-29, but the deficit had proven too big to overcome. Lindsey Zurbrugg of Portland, Oregon provided a scoring punch off the bench with six of her 10 points coming in the third. Even as she struggled with her shot (4-of-16), Hollermann still made an impact in other categories, snagging 14 rebounds and getting her teammates involved with 4 assists.

    Home-court advantage came in full effect, as a packed German crowd came to support the hometown team. The roars from the crowd, layered with literal bells and whistles disrupted the action on the court. At times, the U.S. women struggled to communicate on both ends of the courts because of the deafening noise erupting from the stands.

    “It was crazy,” Zurbrugg said. “They had drums playing, all the Germans were super energetic. Whenever they hit a shot the crowd went wild. They were super loud.”

    Overall, the U.S. women are 1-1 in pool play with their next game coming on Monday against China at 12:00 p.m. Eastern. The U.S. has only played China once in the World Championships, winning 61-40 back in 2010.

    The U.S. Women’s Team is coached by NWBA Hall of Famer Trooper Johnson of San Lorenzo, California, and his assistant coaches are Amy Spangler of Madison Wisconsin, and Adam Kramer of Northport, Alabama. Kearstin Gehlhausen of Denver, Colorado serves as the Team Leader, with Karla Franconi of Lexington, Kentucky, filling the athletic trainer position.

    The U.S. has returned home with a medal from every World Championships, except for the 2014 World Championships, since its inception in 1990, accumulating two gold medals and four silver medals. USA has played for the gold medal in six of the last seven IWBF World Championships.

     

    2018 IWBF World Championships

    Hamburg, Germany

    August 16 - 26, 2018

    2018 IWBF World Championships Results

    USA def. Algeria, 75-38 (W)

    Germany def. USA, 70-54 (L)

    U.S. Women’s Schedule for 2018 IWBF World Championships

    8/17 vs Algeria 11:30 AM (Eastern/New York)

    8/19 vs Germany 6:45 AM

    8/20 vs China 12:00 PM

    8/21 vs France 10:15 AM

    8/22 vs Argentina 4:00 AM

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    The U.S. women play their second match of the IWBF Championships against Germany today at 6:30 AM, EST. Stay here to watch the game, get live stats and post-game recaps!

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    GALLERY: Team USA at the IWBF World Championships

    08/18/2018, 10:45am CDT
    By NWBA

    View photos of our men and women in action at the 2018 IWBF World Championships!

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