Columbus Quest

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Columbus Quest
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Founded 1996
Folded 1998
League American Basketball League
Team history 1996-1998
Arena Battelle Hall, in the Greater Columbus Convention Center
Based in Columbus, Ohio
Head coach Brian Agler, Tonya Edwards
Championships Two ABL Championships, 1996-1997 and 1997-1998
Division titles Two ABL Eastern Conference titles, 1996-1997 and 1997-1998

The Columbus Quest was a professional women's basketball franchise located in Columbus, Ohio in the now-defunct American Basketball League (1996-1998) (ABL). They were one of the league's original eight teams that started play in 1996. In the league's brief history, the Quest was its most successful franchise, winning both championships the league awarded.

The Quest's head coach was Brian Agler, who finished with a record of 82-22 during the team's two-plus seasons of existence. After Agler left the Quest midseason to become the head coach of the WNBA's Minnesota Lynx, the team was coached by player-coach Tonya Edwards[1] . Many of the Quest's players later played for the Lynx, including Edwards, Katie Smith, Andrea Lloyd-Curry, Angie Potthoff and Shanele Stires.

The Quest played their home games at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Battelle Hall. The Quest had the lowest average attendance per game for the entire ABL for the three consecutive years of the ABL's existence.

Season-By-Season[edit]

1996-1997[edit]

  • Finished 31-9, won Eastern Conference by 10 games
  • Defeated San Jose Lasers in Semifinals 2-0 (best of 3)
    • Game 1 at San Jose: Columbus 94, San Jose 69
    • Game 2 at Columbus: Columbus 81, San Jose 69
  • Defeated Richmond Rage in Championship 3-2 (best of 5)
    • Game 1 at Columbus: Columbus 90, Richmond 89
    • Game 2 at Columbus: Richmond 75, Columbus 62
    • Game 3 at Richmond: Richmond 72, Columbus 67
    • Game 4 at Richmond: Columbus 95, Richmond 84
    • Game 5 at Columbus: Columbus 77, Richmond 64
  • Nikki McCray named Most Valuable Player
  • Brian Agler named Coach of the Year
  • Valerie Still named Playoffs Most Valuable Player

1997-1998[edit]

  • Finished 36-8, won Eastern Conference by 12 games
  • Defeated San Jose Lasers in Semifinals 2-0 (best of 3)
    • Game 1 at Columbus: Columbus 94, San Jose 88
    • Game 2 at San Jose: Columbus 74, San Jose 62
  • Defeated Long Beach Stingrays in Championship 3-2 (best of 5)
    • Game 1 at Long Beach: Long Beach 65, Columbus 62
    • Game 2 at Long Beach: Long Beach 71, Columbus 61
    • Game 3 at Columbus: Columbus 70, Long Beach 61
    • Game 4 at Columbus: Columbus 68, Long Beach 53
    • Game 5 at Columbus: Columbus 86, Long Beach 81
  • Valerie Still named Playoffs Most Valuable Player

1998-1999[edit]

  • Finished 11-3, leading Eastern Conference by 2 games

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "PLUS: PRO BASKETBALL -- A.B.L.; Edwards Wins Debut As a Player-Coach". The New York Times. Retrieved August 8, 2013.