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  • Writer's pictureJorie Allen

Women's Wheelchair Early Season Rankings

1. University of Alabama (8-0)

The University of Alabama has dominated in recent years and continues to do so. The Crimson Tide head home for the holidays undefeated despite playing the most games in the league. All their wins have been by 18 points or more, including impressive performances against Arizona, UT Arlington, the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater (UWW), and Illinois. Bama’s box scores have been merry and bright. They consistently post multiple players in double digit scoring, often led by impressive freshman Ixhelt Gonzalez who put up 25 points against UWW. Other key players who have had 20-point games include juniors Mary Silberman and Bailey Moody. Their line-up of productive scorers, paired with their lockdown defense, puts Alabama comfortably in the #1 slot.

2. University of Texas-Arlington (3-2)

UTA started the season going 2-2 in a tourney on October 28th and 29th of this year. UTA beat Arizona twice and lost to Alabama twice. Zoe Voris leads the Lady Movin’ Mavs in scoring and rebounding, including a 19 point and 12 rebound double-double in their first game against Alabama. UTA didn’t see the floor again until Dec 3rd, when they had an impressive shooting day against UWW, winning that contest 70-22. The Lady Movin’ Mavs will be back in action on January 21st at the Hollister Winter Bash, where they’ll get another shot at the Crimson Tide.

3. University of Illinois (2-2)

Illinois’ only outing so far this season was a tournament at UWW on December 2nd and 3rd. They posted a 2-2 record including losses to Alabama and UTA. They ended the tourney on a high note, picking up their first win of the season with a 30-point game from Ali Ibanez in a 57-32 win against Arizona. Illinois finished the tourney with a dominate 59-31 win over UWW. The Fighting Illini’s next game is also against Alabama in the late January tourney.

4. University of Arizona (2-5)

Arizona had a tough beginning to the season, going 0-4 against Alabama and UTA in October. The Wildcats struggled offensively in all four losses. Led by Emilee Gustafson, the Wildcats got their first win of the season against UWW on December 2nd.

5. University of Wisconsin Whitewater (UWW) (0-4)

The Whitewater women hosted their first tournament on Dec. 2nd and 3rd going 0-4. Lizzy Guerin had a double-double in their loss against Alabama with 12 points and 11 boards. UWW is still working to find their offensive groove against tough defensive teams. They’ll be looking to get into the win column in their next tourney.

6. City University of New York (CUNY) (0-0)

Rounding out the rankings as of now is CUNY. Though they’ve yet to play a collegiate game in the 2022-23 season, a tourney with some local NWBA (National Wheelchair Basketball Association) squads in early December has them prepped for their first collegiate tourney, which is coming up in late January 2023.

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