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Two Members of the University of Arizona Women’s Wheelchair Basketball Team to Represent Team USA at the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games

Arizona guard Josie Aslakson during a scrimmage Monday night at Mountain View (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

The National Wheelchair Basketball Association (NWBA) announced the roster for the 2020 U.S. Women’s Wheelchair Basketball National Team and four members have direct ties to the University of Arizona and the University of Arizona Adaptive Athletics Program.

Current Arizona standout Josie Aslakson and assistant coach Courtney Ryan made the squad that will represent the United States at the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games slated for August 25 to September 6, 2020 in Tokyo. In addition, former Wildcats Darlene Hunter and Natalie Schneider will be representing Team USA.

Current Arizona Women’s coach Jennifer Poist earned a Gold Medal at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Paralympics. Her assistant, Ryan, competed at the Parapan American Games last year.

Arizona Women’s Wheelchair Basketball head coach Jennifer Poist with her Gold Medal from Rio de Janeiro at a fundraiser for childhood cancer at Mountain View High School Monday night (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

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