The Alabama Wheelchair Basketball Teams traveled to Arlington, Texas this weekend for their second tournament of the season. The women’s schedule was a tough mix of Intercollegiate Division teams and seasoned Women’s Division teams from Great Britain and Dallas.
On Friday, they opened the weekend against Great Britain’s National Team, debatably one of the best women’s teams in the world. Their lineups proved to be extremely tough for Alabama to match. Though hard fought, Alabama lost 63 – 28.
The second game of the tournament was Alabama’s first Intercollegiate game of the season, a rematch of last year’s National Championship Game, pitting Alabama against the University of Texas-Arlington. UT-A came out blazing in the first quarter for the home crowd, outscoring Alabama 19-13. The Tide improved during the middle quarters, keeping the score closely contested with the Lady Movin’ Mavs. The fourth quarter began with end-to-end action as Alabama tried to close the gap. As the game played out, however, Alabama’s shots didn’t fall. The game ended with UT-A on top, 63-50.
After a restful Friday evening, Alabama hit the court again at Noon on Saturday against The University of Arizona. After two tough losses on Friday, the ladies were hungry for a win and ready to fit for it. They worked their press to near perfection, controlling the first quarter 27-2. Alabama continued their successful trend throughout the game, utilizing contributions from their entire roster and many different strategies. Alabama only relented 20 point in the game, ending on top 77-20.
The afternoon matchup was against an extremely talented community team from Dallas. The first half was a back and forth battle, Alabama taking the lead at the end of the first quarter, but trailing by three points at half time. With a renewed game plan and energy, the ladies took the second half by storm, overcoming the deficient in the third quarter and never looking back. Alabama finished that game on a six-point run and with a twelve point lead, 57-45.
Finishing the weekend with two wins and two losses, Alabama is looking forward to building upon their successes. The Crimson Tide’s next competition is next weekend in Birmingham, Alabama against the Lakeshore Foundation Storm. Roll Tide!