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Lady Movin’ Mavs take home title

Morgan Wood holding Championship Trophy

For the first time in Lady Movin' Mavs' short history, the team was crowned national champions at the National Intercollegiate Wheelchair Basketball Tournament in March. UTA easily handled the top-seeded University of Illinois, winning 65-51.

"I've already reached my goal and I'm not done yet," said Morgan Wood (pictured above), a senior psychology and exercise science major. "So I'm sure I'll reach it again."

In the first quarter, the Lady Movin' Mavs shot 69 percent with Wood serving as a catalyst to ignite the offense with four first-quarter assists.

Rose Hollermann, a 2012 U.S. Paralympian and the 2015-16 NWBA Collegiate Player of the Year, lit up the scoreboard, finishing with 35 points, nine rebounds, and seven assists.

"We're bringing this title and trophy back to UTA and dedicating it to the late, great coach Jim Hayes, who passed about 10 years ago," said Lady Movin' Mavs coach Jason Nelms, also a two-time U.S. Paralympian.

"Rose (Hollermann) is always fast for us," he added. "We came into this game with nothing to lose, even if we returned with the second-place trophy."

Hollermann, a sophomore majoring in kinesiology and psychology, was named the first Dr. Tim Nugent Tournament MVP for her impressive performance, going 27 for 38 from the floor for 66 points in two games, with 16 rebounds and 12 assists. NWBA founder Tim Nugent, who died last fall, is credited with disabled sports development throughout the United States and the world.

The Lady Movin' Mavs are in their third season, and their roster includes Academic All-Americans Sara Hermansen and Josie Aslakson.

The Movin' Mavs men's team earned third place, defeating Illinois 63-59 in overtime. The duo of Andy Kraft and Jan Gans combined for 54 points and 21 rebounds."

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