Alabama men and women wheelchair basketball teams win national championships

Christopher Walsh

The University of Alabama swept the finals at the 42nd Annual NIWBT (National Intercollegiate Wheelchair Basketball Association) 2019 College National Championships as both the men and women pulled off an upset to win the title on Saturday.

The women won first, defeating the team it lost to in last year's final, top-seeded UT-Arlington, 82-76.

The men, who were the reigning national champions, subsequently made it back-to-back titles with a 79-73 victory over No. 1 UW-Whitewater.

Although Alabama's Adapted Athletics program was founded in 2003, it was the sixth national title for the women's team (2009 2010, 2011, 2015 and 2017), and the fifth for the men (2013, 2015, 2017, 2018).

Both Crimson Tide teams were seeded second in the tournament, played at Illinois from Thursday-Saturday.

The women defeated host Illinois, 55-32, to reach the final. UT-Arlington was 18-1 before losing to Alabama (22-3).

The men were 25-5 coming into the tournament, but had lost to UW-Whitewater earlier this month, 90-77. Alabama defeated SMSU 77-65 in the quarterfinals, and UT-Arlington 75-59 in the semifinals.

Men’s National Intercollegiate Wheelchair Basketball Tournament Champions

1977 Southern Illinois University
1978 Southern Illinois University
1979 Wright State University
1980 Wright State University
1981 Southwest Minnesota State University
1982 University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
1983 Southeast Minnesota State University
1984 No Tournament
1985 University of Illinois
1986 Southwest Minnesota State University
1987 University of Illinois
1988 University of Illinois
1989 University of Illinois
1990 University of Illinois
1991 University of Texas-Arlington
1992 University of Texas-Arlington
1993 University of Texas-Arlington
1994 University of Texas-Arlington
1995 University of Illinois
1996 University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
1997 University of Texas-Arlington
1998 University of Illinois
1999 University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
2000 University of Illinois
2001 University of Illinois
2002 University of Texas-Arlington
2003 University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
2004 University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
2005 University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
2006 University of Texas-Arlington
2007 University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
2008 University of Illinois
2009 University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
2010 University of Illinois
2011 University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
2012 University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
2013 University of Alabama
2014 University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
2015 University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
2016 University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
2017 University of Texas-Arlington
2018 University of Alabama

2019 University of Alabama

Women’s National Intercollegiate Wheelchair Basketball Tournament Champions

2009 University of Alabama
2010 University of Alabama
2011 University of Alabama
2012 University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
2013 University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
2014 University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
2015 University of Alabama
2016 University of Texas-Arlington
2017 University of Alabama
2018 University of Texas-Arlington

2018 University of Alabama

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