Earlier today, the United States published the 2015 roster for the women’s national wheelchair basketball team following a two day selection gamp. It includes Darlene Hunter, Lydia Sprain, Vanessa Erskine, Mackenzie Soldan, Jen Chew, Eliza McIntosh, Jenn Poist, Becca Murray, Christina Schwab, Megan Blunk, Abby Dunkin, Gail Gaeng, Rose Hollermann, Desiree Miller, Jennifer Ruddell, Natalie Schneider, Kendra Zeman, and Kimmie Champion.
The team has a fair amount of geographic diversity, though there are a number of players from the Midwest including Commerce Township, Minnesota native Hunter, Mineral Point, Wisconsin player Sprain, Soldan who hales from Hemlock, Michigan, Murrary who comes from Germantown, Wisconsin, Schwab who is from Dane, Wisconsin, Poist who is from McCherrystown, Pennsylvania, Hollerman who is from Elysian, Minnesota, and Zerman who is from Anoka, Minnesota.
The team is also loaded with a number of low point players, including 1 point players Hunter, Sprain, Erkine, Soldan, 1.5 point players Chew and McIntosh, and 2 point player Poist. While four 4.5 point players were named to the team, there were no 4 point players.
The team named has a fair amount of youth and domestic experience. Last year, Dunkin participated in the first edition of the National Wheelchair Basketball Association women’s development camp. She only took up the game in 2012, and used that camp to help propel her onto the national team. Sprain was another player at that camp who made the team.
Soldan plays university wheelchair basketball for the University of Alabama’s Crimson Tide, who have one of the best women’s university teams in the country. For Schwab, the invitation to camp and subsequently making the team was very meaningful as she had not been invited to camp since 2005.