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Illinois women’s wheelchair basketball goes into nationals as top seed

Illinois' Megan Blunk gets ready to take a layup during the game against Alabama at the Activities and Recreation Center on Feb. 12. The Illini won 56-47.

By Thomas Polcyn

March 8, 2016

Tweet- @IlliniWCBball holds top seed going into nationals. #IlliniIt was just last year that the Illinois women’s wheelchair basketball team lost to Alabama in the national championship. Then and there, the Illini made it their goal to get back and win it all. This year, they are looking for some revenge, and ...

Illinois wheelchair basketball teams heading to Alabama for final regular season tournament

February 25, 2016

Tweet- @IlliniWCBball plays final regular season tournament in preparation of national tournament #IlliniAs the opportunity to achieve their goal of a national championship nears, the Illinois wheelchair basketball teams will travel to Tuscaloosa, Alabama, to play in their final regular season tournamen...

Illinois wheelchair basketball teams succeed in final home tournament of season

Illinois' Megan Blunk puts up a layup during one of the Illini's weekend games against Alabama at the ARC 

By Thomas Polcyn

February 15, 2016

Tweet-#Illini wheelchair basketball teams succeed in final home tournament of the season.Over the weekend, the Illinois wheelchair basketball teams played in their second and final home tournaments of the season.The tournaments were held at the ARC, and Illinois hosted Missouri, Alabama, UW-Whitewat...

Illinois wheelchair basketball teams succeed at Auburn

Illinois' Ryan Neiswender drives the ball down the court during the game against  Missouri at the Activities and Recreation Center on Friday, February 13, 2015.The Illini won 53-46.

By Tommy Polcyn

February 2, 2016

Tweet- [email protected] succeeds in tough tournament at Auburn #IlliniIn their second tournament back from break, the Illinois wheelchair basketball teams are starting to settle into their top form. The teams squared up against some of the toughest competition in the country and were able to get a goo...

Three former Illinois men’s wheelchair basketball players qualify for Paralympics

Wheelchair basketball player and Team USA captain Steve Serio (left) as a junior on Illinois' wheelchair basketball team. Serio, Will Waller (not pictured) and Brian Bell (right, as a freshman at Illinois) have qualified for Team USA for the 2016 Rio Paralympics. Also pictured is Tom Smurr, an Illinois freshman at the time.

By Ryan Wilson

January 12, 2016

Illinois’ wheelchair basketball program continues to contribute players to Team USA for the 2016 Rio Paralympics. Illinois women’s wheelchair basketball players Mega Blunk and Gail Gaeng qualified for the U.S. women’s team and now former Illini Will Waller, Steve Serio and Brian Bell have been named to the 16-player men’s team.The men are joining a team with veteran P...

Illinois women’s wheelchair basketball players make USA Paralympic team

Illinois' Gail Gaeng readies for a shot during the wheelchair basketball game against Wisconsin-Whitewater at the ARC on Feb. 13. Gaeng is one of two Illini — the other is Megan Blunk — who qualified for the 2016 Rio Paralympics with Team USA.

By Ryan Wilson

January 11, 2016

Two Illinois women’s wheelchair basketball players have qualified for their first Paralympics. Megan Blunk and Gail Gaeng will compete on the U.S. team at the 2016 Rio Paralympics on Sept. 7-18.They will join an 11-player team, 10 of which were members of the team that won gold at t...

Illinois women’s wheelchair basketball players trying out for 2016 Rio Paralympic Games

Illinois' Gail Gaeng (3) readies up for a shot during the wheelchair basketball game v. UWW at the ARC on Friday, Feb. 13, 2015. Illinois won 50-42.

By Ryan Wilson

January 4, 2016

The U.S. National women's wheelchair basketball team is holding its tryouts for the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games and Illinois is well-represented.Nearly a third of all the players are on the Illinois women’s wheelchair basketball team. Representing the Illini in Birmingham, Alabama, this weekend are&...

Gail Gaeng Dominates in tournament as Illini split games on opening weekend

Illinois' Gail Gaeng readies for a shot during the wheelchair basketball game against Wisconsin-Whitewater at the ARC on Feb. 13. Gaeng is one of two Illini — the other is Megan Blunk — who qualified for the 2016 Rio Paralympics with Team USA.

By Thomas Polcyn

November 2, 2015

Over the weekend, the Illinois women’s wheelchair basketball team took part in its first tournament of the season. The Illini traveled to Toronto to participate in the Wheelchair Basketball Academy’s annual tournament.It was a three-team tournament that included the Illini, Canadian Academy team and ...