Earlier today, the University of Alabama’s Crimson Tide men and women’s wheelchair basketball teams departed for Whitewater, Wisconsin and the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater CID Tournament, which is scheduled to start on Friday and ends Saturday.
The women are scheduled to play their first game at noon against University of Texas-Arlington. Their next game is against University of Illinois at 4:00 PM local time. The men start two hours earlier, at 10:00 AM local time, against the University of Illinois. The men play again at 2:00 PM against University of Missouri. They play their third game of the day at 8:00 PM against hosts University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.
On Saturday, the men start off early at 9:00 AM against Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. The men are immediately back in action at 11:00 AM when they play Southwest Minnesota State University. The women get moving at 11:00 AM when they play University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in their only game of the day.
The men enter the tournament with a season record of 4 – 3. Two of their losses were against the University of Texas-Artlington and their other loss was against Austin. The women are doing better with a 6 – 1 record, with their only loss 54 – 52 happening against the Lakeshore Foundation.
The women’s roster includes Savannah Gardner, Mackenzie Soldan, Cobi Crispin, Maude Jacques, Karolina Lingyte, Caitlin McDermott, Brittany Gustafson, Elissa Robinson, Laurie Williams, and Cindy Ouellett. The team is stacked with talent. Crispin is a member of the Australia women’s national team, while Ouellett is a member of the Canadian women’s team.
The men’s roster is also stacked with talent, including Dequel Robinson, Jannik Blair, Chris Bacon, Jordan Bartley, Justin Obermyer, Ryan Morich, Sean Burns, Shaun Castle, and James Cook. Blair is a member of the Australian men’s national team.