Portland Power (basketball)
|League||American Basketball League|
|Team history||1996-1998 (2 seasons)|
|Based in||Portland, Oregon|
|Arena||Memorial Coliseum (capacity 10,934)|
|Colors||Blue and Green|
|Head coach||Greg Bruce (1996)
Lin Dunn (1997-1998)
Missy Bequette (assistant coach)
|Manager||Linda Weston (General Manager)|
|Division titles||one Conference title|
The Portland Power was a women's professional basketball team in the American Basketball League (ABL) based in Portland, Oregon. The Power began play in 1996, and disbanded when the ABL folded at the end of 1998.
- Lisa Harrison, forward for Tennessee's 1991 national championship team
- Michelle Marciniak, guard for Tennessee's 1996 national championship team
- Katy Steding, Portland native, 1996 basketball Olympic gold medalist, and forward for Stanford's 1990 national championship team
- Coquese Washington, guard for Notre Dame
- Natalie Williams, center for UCLA's basketball team and volleyball national championship teams in 1990 and 1991
The Power got off to a miserable start, going 5-17 under Bruce, who resigned on New Year's Day 1997 and was replaced by former Purdue coach Lin Dunn. Under Dunn, the Power managed to go 9-9 the rest of the first season, and finished last in the Western Conference.
In their second season, the Power showed much improvement. The team acquired Sylvia Crawley from North Carolina's 1994 national championship team and Delisha Milton from Florida among other players, and won the Western Conference. Coach Dunn was named ABL Coach of the Year, and Williams was named the league's MVP. In the playoffs, the team met the conference runner-up, the Long Beach Stingrays, and lost 2 games to 0.
For their third season, the Power acquired Steding's former Stanford teammate, point guard Sonja Henning. Though they got off to a slow start, the Power was leading the Western Conference after completing a five-game win streak when the ABL abruptly folded due to financial difficulties on December 22, 1998.
At the time of their demise, the Power's starting lineup was:
- Katy Steding, forward
- Delisha Milton, forward
- Natalie Williams, center
- Elaine Powell, guard
- Sonja Henning, guard
After the franchise folded, many Power players went on to continue their careers in the WNBA.
|1996-97||14||26||.350||4th Place, Western Conference|
|1997-98||27||17||.614||Western Conference Champion|
|1998||9||4||.692||1st Place, Western Conference|
1997-98 playoff results
|February 27, 1998||at Long Beach 72, Portland 62|
|March 1, 1998||Long Beach 70, at Portland 69|
|Long Beach wins series, 2-0|
ABL statistical leaders
- Natalie Williams, 1st in ABL in scoring (913 points, 21.7 points per game)
- Natalie Williams, 2nd in ABL in rebounding (477 rebounds, 11.4 rebounds per game)
- Natalie Williams, 1st in ABL in field goal percentage (336 of 604, .556 average)
- Natalie Williams, 4th in ABL in blocks (47 blocks, 1.1 blocks per game)
1998 season (partial):
- Natalie Williams, 2nd in ABL in scoring (258 points, 19.9 points per game)
- Natalie Williams, 2nd in ABL in field goals percentage (94 of 162 .580 average)
- Katy Steding, 1st in ABL in three-point goals (32 of 74 .432 average)
- Natalie Williams, 2nd in ABL in rebounding (129 rebounds, 9.9 rebounds per game)
- Sonja Henning, 2nd in ABL in assists (78 assists, 6.0 per game)
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