2001 National Women's Wheelchair Basketball Tournament
2001 NWWBT Brackets
Out of approximately 30 women invited to the tryouts 17 were
chosen to attend training camp in May. Eventually the final 12 women team
will be chosen with the other 5 as alternates. Both Patty and Sue were
among the 17!!!!!!!
In the fifth/sixth place game
the RIC Express continued their dramatic last-second finishes. Leading Casa
Colina 17-12 at halftime the express again went cold from the field in the
second half while casa doubled their first half production, led by Angela Madsen
(25pts). The Express lost 36-32 to finish the tournament in sixth place.
Sue Haddick scored 19 points and Patty Cisneros had 8.
The 27th NWWBT was won for the 5th time in the last six tourneys by the LA SPARKS 58 to 48 over the University of Illinois. Unfortunately, at the awards banquet none of the Express were officially recognized for Individual awards. However it was generally acknowledged that Patty Cisneros was deserving of recognition. Both she and Sue ere invited to the tryouts on Sunday for the US International Team.
In their third game of the 27th
NWWBT in Gainesville, the RIC express started out with a 20-12 lead after 15
minutes. However, Minnesota Timberwolves were able to effect a tie of 24-24 at
half-time. The Express continued their scoring drought and scored just 12
points the rest of the way. Meanwhile the Minn scoring duo of Josie
Johnson (24pts) and Susan Hagal ( 13pts) scored just enough to win 39-36.
High scorers for Chicago were the usual Sue Haddick ( 15 pts) and Patty Cisneros (10pts). Mikel Vandello and Elizabeth Cordoba had 6 and 5 respectively.
The next and last game for the Express will be at 10:15 am Saturday playing for 5th /6th place.
RIC Express passed their first
test in the wheelchair basketball national tourney by breaking a 27-27 tie at
the 3/4 mark and beating the Lady Texans 41-32. Highscorer was Patty
Cisneros with 15 points followed by Sue Haddick with 10. They then had to
play the defending champions L. A. Sparks. In the first 10 minutes of the game
the Sparks shot a remarkable 12 for 15 from the field and eventually won easily
66-35. The Express were led in scoring by Sue with 11 and Patty with 10 and
Betsy with 8.
The Express on Friday now play in the B Side which, if they win all of their remaining games could end up playing the winner of the A Side for the Championship. However, the next step is winnning tomorrow at 4:45 PM against the winner of the Orlando/Minnesota game.