Wichita, KS – Nearly all of the nation’s wheelchair basketball teams assembled to compete in the ASCAA Intercollegiate Bash. The Alabama women competed hard in four great games.
The first game of the tournament was a rematch of last year’s National Championship Game, pairing Alabama against the University of Texas-Arlington. Alabama faced some adversity early on, due to illness and injury, but the ladies never allowed it to show. They worked hard in the first half and entered half time with a single digit deficit. Rallying their enthusiasm, they closed the gap with great defense and quality shooting in the third quarter. UTA would not quit either though, after a back and forth battle during the fourth quarter, The Tide came up short, losing 51-59.
The women’s second game on Friday was against the University of Arizona. Alabama hit the court with a great game plan which they executed to perfection. They did not give up more than 10 points a quarter on defense, and shot over 50% for the game. Alabama came out on top, winning 72-31.
After resting Friday evening, the ladies hit the court again Saturday morning. This time they were matched up against the University of Illinois. The Bama women played astounding defense throughout, keeping Illinois under 30% shooting. Alabama played a great team game, outscoring Illinois in each quarter and ending the game 66-39.
The fourth game of the weekend was set to tipoff shortly after the completion of the Illinois game. Still facing lingering health issues, the women knew they had their work cut out for them. The competition with the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater was fierce as both teams brought incredible energy. Through all of the adversity, the Crimson Tide’s unwavering effort won every quarter, finishing the game with an eight point margin, 62-54.
The women ended the weekend 3-1. Everyone is looking forward to the Stran-Hardin Arena’s grand opening next Saturday, January 20th.