Wheelchair tournament starts today at Whitewater
UW-Whitewater's defending national championship men's and women's basketball teams will host a season-opening national tournament today and Saturday at Kachel Fieldhouse.
Six players return to the national championship women's Warhawk squad, while the men's team will have a new look with 10 freshmen.
Three 2012 Paralympians key the women's team, led by senior Mareike Adermann, whose German team earned Paralympic gold.
"I think we're one of the best teams again," Adermann, a native of Cologne, Germany, said.
Freshmen Laura Fuerst and Yarden Hershko also have international experience, with Fuerst playing for the German national team, and Hershko playing on the Israeli team.
The men are seeking the school's 11th national title, but face a rebuilding year.
Fans are urged to attend games during the next two games.
"It is not about disabilities," Adermann said. "It's about real competition. It is amazing what people can do in wheelchairs, and I just think it's really impressive for people to understand that a person with a disability can do things that even some without a disability can't do."
UW-WHITEWATER WHEELCHAIR TOURNAMENT
Noon—Men: UW-Whitewater vs. Missouri; University of Edinboro (Penn.) vs. Texas-Arlington.
2 p.m.—Women: University of Illinois vs. Arizona
4 p.m.—Men: UW-Whitewater vs. University of Edinboro (Penn.); Missouri vs. Southwest Minnesota State University; Illinois vs. Texas-Arlington
6 p.m.—Women: UW-Whitewater vs. Illinois.
8 p.m.—Men: UW-Whitewater vs. Southwest Minnesota State University. Women: UW-Whitewater vs. Arizona; Texas-Arlington vs. Missouri.
10 a.m.: Men: Illinois vs. UW-Whitewater; Missouri vs. University of Edinboro (Penn.); Southwest Minnesota State University vs. Texas-Arlington
Noon—Women: Arizona vs. Illinois
2 p.m.—Men: UTA vs. UW-Whitewater; Southwest Minnesota State University vs. University of Edinboro (Penn.); Illinois vs. Missouri.
4 p.m.—Women: UW-Whitewater vs. Arizona.
6 p.m.—Men: Southwest Minnesota State University vs. University of Edinboro (Penn.)