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.