BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA (APRIL 23, 2023) - The 2023 NWBA Women’s & Military National Championships presented by ABC Medical concluded at U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Training Facility, Lakeshore Foundation.
This year was the first-ever national championship tournament in the Military Division. The Military Division is a pilot program that was first approved for play by the NWBA Board of Directors in summer of 2021.
The Women’s Division’s National Championship was comprised of thirteen teams, signaling the largest women's wheelchair basketball tournament in NWBA history.
For those of you who missed any of the championship matchups, below are recaps of each tournament’s bracket and awards. You can also visit the NWBA's Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/NWBA70/ to watch the saved livestreams - including championship games for all divisions. Brackets can also be found on the tournament webpage at https://www.nwba.org/nationals.
Championship Game: #1 WASA Marquette Eagles 75, #4 Arizona Storm 46
Championship Game MVP: Natalie Schneider, WASA Marquette Eagles
Tournament MVP: Natalie Schneider, WASA Marquette Eagles
Sportsmanship Award: Brooklyn Gossard, ParaSport Spokane
Most Improved Player: Adriana Castro, Arizona Storm
First Team All-Tournament
#12 – Harmonee Ruetes – LWSRA Lady Hawks
#12 – Becca Murray – WASA Marquette Eagles
#21 – Kaitlyn Eaton – LWSRA Lady Hawks
#55 – Courtney Ryan – Arizona Storm
#3 - Morgan Wood – Lady Mavericks
Second Team All-Tournament
#3 Mary McLendon – Lakeshore Lightning
#14 Jahkyra Daniels – Lakeshore Lightning
#3 Christina Schwab – WASA Marquette Eagles
#5 Erica Wilson – Charlotte Rollin’ Hornets
#35 Sarah Heinzl – Ability360 Mercury
Championship Game: Central Florida Warriors 43, PVA ‘1’ 35
Championship Game MVP: Pierre Sturgis, Central Florida Warriors
Tournament MVP: Kevin Green, Central Florida Warriors
Sportsmanship Award: William Green, PVA ‘2’
#5 Brent Garlic – PVA ‘1’
#2 Jhoonar Barrera – PVA ‘2’
#23 Jabrier Lee – PVA ‘2’
#14 Anthony Farve – ParaSport Spokane
#1 Pierre Sturgis – Central Florida Warriors