Lake Placid, New York – The United States regrouped overnight to open the morning session of the 2016 U.S. Women’s Wheelchair Basketball International Friendly against 2014 World Champion Canada. Team USA started out quickly by taking a 24-4 first quarter lead, and continued to improve as the game continued for a commanding 86-45 victory.
Two-time U.S. Paralympian Rose Hollermann of Elysian, Minnesota, paced Team USA by going 17 for 23 from the floor for 35 points. Also reaching double figures was three-time U.S. Paralympian Becca Murray of Germantown, Wisconsin, put up 16 points, and two-time U.S. Paralympian Desiree Miller of Monroe, Washington, scored 13 points. Team USA shot an astounding 66 percent from the floor, and held a 46-point lead in the fourth quarter.
The second game pitted the United States against Great Britain, where a team effort brought Team USA back from a six-point deficit in the first quarter. The United States was down 12-6, and in the second quarter took the lead and never looked behind slowly building upon its lead on the shoulders of Murray (21 points), Hollermann (13 points) and Miller (12 points). In the closing minutes, Team USA had a 57-38 lead, and finished the evening session with a 57-42 win.
Saturday morning, Team USA will try to avenge its Thursday defeat against Germany at 9 a.m. Eastern, while Great Britain and Canada square off at 11 a.m.
Germany improved to a 4-0 overall record over the course of the last two days of competition with wins over Great Britain, 50-35, and Canada, 52-37. The 2012 Paralympic Games gold medalists spread the ball to its players in its two games as Mareike Miller and Marina Mohen contributed 10 points each in their win over Great Britain. In the game against the 2014 World Champion Canadians, Heike Friedrich scored 12 points, with Barbara Gross putting back 10 points.
In 2014, Canada defeated the United States in the semi-finals of the World Championships and went onto win the gold medal, while the United States finished fourth. Last summer at the 2015 Parapan Am Games in Toronto, Team USA returned to the top of podium by edging Canada for the gold medal and qualifying for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.
Team USA will have one more international competition following the Lake Placid Olympic Training Center event, when Team USA travels to the Women’s World Super Cup, Frankfurt, Germany, July 13-18.
The U.S. women’s team qualified for the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games by winning the 2015 Parapan American Games. The U.S. women dominated the Parapan Am competition by outscoring their opponents by 55 points per game and avenged their 2014 World Championships fourth-place finish by defeating Canada for the gold medal in Toronto, Canada.
The U.S. Women’s Head Coach is Stephanie Wheeler of Champaign, Illinois, who won two Paralympic Games in 2004 and 2008, 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.
The U.S. Women’s team finished fourth at the 2012 London Paralympics, after claiming the gold medal at the 2008 Beijing and 2004 Athens Paralympic Games.
2016 U.S. Women’s International Friendly
Olympic Training Center, Lake Placid, New York
June 23-25, 2016
Thursday, June 23
Game #1 – Germany def. Canada, 54-41
Game #2 – USA def. Great Britain, 57-50
Game #3 – Great Britain def. Canada, 52-39
Game #4 – Germany def. USA, 54-47
Friday, June 24
Game #5 – USA def. Canada, 86-45
Game #6 – Germany vs. Great Britain, 50-35
Game #7 – USA def. Great Britain, 57-42
Game #8 – Germany def. Canada, 52-37
Saturday, June 25 (All times EDST)
9 a.m. – Germany vs. USA
11 a.m. – Canada vs. Great Britain
5 p.m. – Great Britain vs. Germany
7 p.m. – USA vs. Canada