The men’s and women’s wheelchair basketball teams both competed in the National Intercollegiate Wheelchair Basketball Tournament (NIWBT) on their home court in March. The Movin’ Mavs won their second consecutive national title and 10th overall, defeating the University of Alabama 67-56 before a spirited crowd.
The Movin’ Mavs entered the tournament as the No. 1 seed after finishing the regular season with a 10-2 record, while the women were the No. 3 seed. The NIWBT is a double-elimination contest, with 12 teams competing in the men’s division and six in the women’s.
The Lady Movin’ Mavs defeated the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, 58-37, to earn third place in the tournament.
UTA hosted the tournament in College Park Center for the first time since 2014. Lisa Nagy, vice president of student affairs, says she enjoyed watching the teams’ passion, perseverance, and athleticism.
“The dedication and hard work of each of the student-athletes are the key to achieving their aspirations,” Nagy says. “We are so grateful for this opportunity to collaborate to create a positive experience for everyone involved in the NIWBT.”