Colorado Xplosion

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Colorado Xplosion
Sport Basketball
Founded 1996
Folded 1998
League American Basketball League (ABL)
Arena McNichols Sports Arena, Denver Coliseum
Colors Navy      and Gold     
Head coach Linda Hargrove
General Manager John Nillen
Championships 1 Conference Title

The Colorado Xplosion was the first women's professional basketball franchise in Colorado, an American Basketball League (ABL) team based in Denver. Playing from 1996 through 1998, the team produced many memorable moments for Colorado sports fans and followers of women's professional basketball in general. Team highlights include winning the Western Conference title in 1997, and player highlights include Crystal Robinson being the inaugural ABL Rookie of the Year, Debbie Black being the league's first Defensive Player of the Year, and Sylvia Crawley winning the 1998 Slam Dunk Contest at the ABL All-Star Game with a blindfolded dunk. Black made pro basketball history on December 8, 1996 when she became the first woman and only the second player ever to record a Quadruple Double, with 10 points, 14 rebounds, 12 assists and 10 steals against Atlanta. Players for the Xplosion included Debbie Black, Edna Campbell, Sylvia Crawley, Tari Phillips, Crystal Robinson, and Vonda Ward. After the franchise ceased operations with the abrupt demise of the ABL in the 1998-99 season, Xplosion players went on to continue their careers in the WNBA.

Team Record[edit]

Season W L Win % Result
1996-97 25 15 .625 Western Conference Champions
1997-98 20 23 .465 4th Place, Western Conference
1998 5 8 .385 4th Place, Western Conference

All-Star Players[edit]

League Honors[edit]

Rookie of the Year Crystal Robinson (1997)

Defensive Player of the Year Debbie Black (1997)

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