It took a great deal of effort for our qualified young women to grow together as an athletic team during their first season in 2000-2001. Head coach Derek Brown, had a team consisting of a few women, although not all were experienced in the sport of basketball. Sport wheelchairs were purchased and gym space was set aside for a once a week practice. During the UA's first season of competitive play, the Wildcats played in 11 games, but did not compete at the National Tournament.
The Wildcats had a very strong season battling all year as one of the top squads in their division, led by Head Coach Peter Hughes. The Lady Wildcats finished the year in First Place and captured the 2012 NWBA National Championship!
This season the Ladies will defend their National Championship with a regular season schedule consisting of 25-30 games. The games consist of competitions against both men's and women's basketball teams. The team now practices four days a week at the University of Arizona Campus Recreation Center. In addition, the Lady Wildcats are also involved in three days a week of strength and conditioning practices at the Disability Resource’s adaptive athletic gym. In preparation for nationals, the team will compete in tournaments in Arizona, California, Alabama, Illinois, and Wisconsin.
The Disability Resources continues working with the University of Arizona to provide better scholarship opportunities for all athletes with disabilities. Progress has been made in the search for fee waivers and the DRC is committed more scholarship dollars from its Foundation account. Because of these efforts the Wildcats will be in a position to actively recruit, provide more scholarships, and support the team all the way to defending their National Championship and beyond. Go Wildcats!