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Illinois women’s wheelchair basketball team not satisfied with season’s end

Illinois women’s wheelchair basketball team not satisfied with season’s end

Ryan Wilson, Staff writer
March 1, 2017
Filed under Sports, Wheelchair Basketball, Women's Sports

For Kaitlyn Eaton of the Illinois women’s wheelchair basketball, breathing exercises are essential. “I’m a very aggressive player out on the court, and I know that about myself,” she said. “Before games … I just have to take some time and be with myself, focus my breathing and keeping...

Illinois women’s wheelchair basketball trying new things in practice

Illinois women’s wheelchair basketball trying new things in practice

Ryan Wilon, Staff writer
February 17, 2017
Filed under Sports, Wheelchair Basketball, Women's Sports

The Illinois women’s wheelchair basketball team began its practice on Monday with one basketball, along with other balls. It was for a game known around the National Wheelchair Basketball Association (NWBA) to improve focus and ball handling. Illinois players swerved around the paint while head...

Wheeler wants progress from Illinois women’s wheelchair basketball team

Wheeler wants progress from Illinois women’s wheelchair basketball team

Ryan Wilson, Staff writer
February 3, 2017
Filed under Club Sports, Sports, Wheelchair Basketball, Women's Sports

The Illinois women’s wheelchair basketball team is coming off a tournament in which players’ mistakes were audibled. During the team’s second game against the Canadian Academy Team last weekend, freshman Erica Wilson and senior Chelsea McClammer were yelled at by either senior leader Kaitlyn...

Weaknesses show for Illinois women’s wheelchair basketball team at home

Weaknesses show for Illinois women’s wheelchair basketball team at home

Ryan Wilson, Staff writer
January 30, 2017
Filed under Sports, Wheelchair Basketball, Women's Sports

The Illinois women’s wheelchair basketball team started this season knowing that it would have a height disadvantage. Though the team added more height in the middle of the season with freshman transfer Janet Scanlon, that was still not enough in the Illini's 0-2 showing over the weekend. Illi...

New-look Illinois women’s wheelchair basketball team finds confidence

New-look Illinois women’s wheelchair basketball team finds confidence

Ryan Wilson, Staff writer
January 27, 2017
Filed under Sports, Wheelchair Basketball, Women's Sports

The Illinois women’s wheelchair basketball team earned a road trip win that was its first real victory in two months, and the Illini are confident heading into the first home tournament of the season. “I think we need to play as a team, and I think we did that at the last tournament, especially...

Paralympian McClammer returns to women’s wheelchair basketball team

Paralympian McClammer returns to women’s wheelchair basketball team

Ryan Wilson, Staff writer
December 8, 2016
Filed under Sports, Wheelchair Basketball, Women's Sports

Chelsea McClammer won three medals at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games in racing. But outside of that, she was focused on a different para-sport: wheelchair basketball. Throughout the Paralympics, she was watching Illinois alums Megan Blunk and Gail Gaeng on the U.S. women’s wheelchair basketball team,...

Illinois wheelchair basketball teams look out for rubber in Whitewater

Illinois wheelchair basketball teams look out for rubber in Whitewater

Ryan Wilson, Staff writer
November 23, 2016
Filed under Men's Sports, Sports, Uncategorized, Wheelchair Basketball, Wheelchair Basketball, Women's Sports

The hoop can be a problematic thing in basketball. But in wheelchair basketball, so can the court. The courts became a factor in the Illinois wheelchair basketball teams’ games over the weekend at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. The team competed in a series of games on the basketball...

Undersized Illinois women’s wheelchair basketball team looks up to taller freshman

Undersized Illinois women’s wheelchair basketball team looks up to taller freshman

Ryan Wilson, Staff writer
November 15, 2016
Filed under Sports, Uncategorized, Wheelchair Basketball, Women's Sports

The “weekend of discovery” for the Illinois women’s wheelchair basketball team is over. Behind a new trio of leaders, Illinois defeated the Milwaukee Bucks’ wheelchair basketball team to finish third at the eighth annual Second City Showdown at the Broadway Armory Park in Chicago. The tournament...

Sporting goals beyond sports

Sporting goals beyond sports

Ryan Wilson, Staff writer
November 8, 2016
Filed under Club Sports, Men's Sports, Sports, Wheelchair Basketball, Wheelchair Basketball, Women's Sports

When Adam Bleakney first walked into an Iowa driver’s license facility, everything seemed normal. A month and a half later, though, he returned to the facility and talked with the same employee. But this time, she looked at him completely differently, Bleankey said. “From my personal experience,...

Illinois women’s wheelchair basketball team adds to gold collection

Illinois women’s wheelchair basketball team adds to gold collection

Ryan Wilson, Staff writer
September 18, 2016
Filed under Club Sports, Men's Sports, Sports, Wheelchair Basketball, Wheelchair Basketball, Women's Sports

Stephanie Wheeler is usually stoic-faced on and off the basketball court. She knows how to maintain her composure and is well-spoken in front of the media. But on Saturday, all of those characteristics went out the window and she broke loose. In one instance, she tilted her head back, looked to the...

Four Illini rounding out Team USA women’s wheelchair basketball team

Four Illini rounding out Team USA women’s wheelchair basketball team

Ryan Wilson, Staff writer
September 8, 2016
Filed under Club Sports, Sports, Wheelchair Basketball, Women's Sports

It’s not easy for some to forget tough losses. For the Illinois women’s wheelchair basketball team members, they still have last year’s second-place finish in their minds. Megan Blunk and Gail Gaeng are both trying to accomplish that after their tough tournament loss last season. Though their...

24 Illini heading to Rio for 2016 Paralympics

24 Illini heading to Rio for 2016 Paralympics

Ryan Wilson, Staff writer
September 7, 2016
Filed under Club Sports, Men's Sports, Sports, Top Stories, Wheelchair Basketball, Wheelchair Basketball, Women's Sports

Tatyana McFadden is back in business at the Rio Paralympics. The 11-time medalist is on track to sweep every distance in track in this year’s games. Joining McFadden are not only her sister, Hannah, and head coach, Adam Bleakney, but also 23 other current and former Illini. Those athletes stretch acr...

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