Women's American Basketball Association
The Women's American Basketball Association (WABA) is a name used by four professional women's basketball leagues in the United States. None as of yet have been able to maintain long-term success.
The first Women's American Basketball Association was founded by Bill Byrne, founder of the WBL, in hopes of cashing in on the USA Olympic team's success in Los Angeles in 1984. While some talented players played in the league (including Nancy Lieberman, Molly Bolin, Pamela McGee and Paula McGee) most of the league's teams folded before the league championship, which was won by Dallas over Chicago.
The Women's Basketball Association (WBA) was the first women's professional basketball summer league. The league was called the WABA and WWBA for the first All-Star tour in 1992, before settling on WBA. The pioneer league was formed in 1992 by Lightning Mitchell and played three full seasons from 1993-95.
The WBA played a 15-game schedule and games were broadcast on Liberty Sports of Dallas. The All-Star games were also televised on Fox Sports. Kansas Jayhawks All-American Geri "Kay-Kay" Hart and Robelyn "Robbie" Garcia announced the game on Fox Radio and Nancy Lieberman was the TV announcer for the 1995 All-Star game.
The WBA played three full seasons with plans to play as a 12-team league in 1997, but disbanded before the season began. When Fox Sports purchased Liberty Sports and the WBA, they dissolved the league shortly after and sold off the franchising rights. The league is considered to be the first American professional women's basketball league to be successful as a summer league, similar to the present WNBA.
- 1993 - Kansas Crusaders - MVP: Robelyn Garcia
- 1994 - Nebraska Express - MVP: Maurtice Ivy (Tice)
- 1995 - Chicago Twisters - MVP: Diana Vines
1993 Regular Season
Nebraska Express, 13 2 .867 Missouri Mustangs, 10 5 .667 Oklahoma Cougars, 3 12 .200
Kansas Crusaders 10 5 .667 Iowa Unicorns 5 10 .333 5
Illinois Knights 4 11 .267 6
MVP: Sarah Campbell
WBA 1st Round Playoffs
Iowa 119, Missouri 103 Missouri 98, Iowa 93 Missouri 117, Iowa 112 (OT)
Kansas 92, Oklahoma 77 Kansas 114, Oklahoma 64
Nebraska 166, Illinois 129 Nebraska 127, Illinois 115
WBA 2nd Round Playoffs
Kansas 121, Missouri 97 Kansas 109, Missouri 99
1993 WBA Championship (best-of five)
Kansas 125, Nebraska 119 Nebraska 118, Kansas 100 Kansas 111, Nebraska 96
First WBA Championship: Kansas 100, Nebraska 98
1994 WBA Regular Season
Nebraska Express 10 5 .667 5 Indiana Stars 8 7 .533 7 Oklahoma Flames 3 12 .200 12 Iowa Twisters 1 14 .067 14
National Conference Kansas City Mustangs 15 0 (*Only undefeated Team) Memphis Blues 10 5 .667 5 St. Louis River Queens 9 6 .600 6 Kansas Marauders 4 11 .267 11 MVP: Evette Ott, Sarah Campbell
WBA 1st Round Playoffs
Memphis 126, St. Louis 111 Memphis 122, St. Louis 110 Indiana 107, Oklahoma 91 Indiana 103, Oklahoma 91
WBA 2nd Round Playoffs
Kansas City 98, Memphis 94 Memphis 101, Kansas City 87 (winner determined by total points: Memphis 195, Kansas City 185)
Nebraska 99, Indiana 89 Nebraska 91, Indiana 87
1994 WBA Championship (best-of five)
Memphis 102, Nebraska 101 Nebraska 123, Memphis 108 Memphis 138, Nebraska 128 Nebraska 111, Memphis 101
Nebraska 103, Memphis 101 MVP: Maurtice (Tice) Ivy
1995 WBA Regular Season
Chicago Twisters 15 1 .938 .. Nebraska Express 6 9 .400 8.5 Minnesota Stars 5 10 .333 9.5 Oklahoma Flames 5 10 .333 9.5
St. Louis River Queens 9 7 .562 .. Kansas City Mustangs 7 8 .467 1.5 Kentucky Marauders 7 8 .467 1.5 Memphis Blues 7 8 .467 1.5
1995 Last WBA Championship Game
Chicago 107, St. Louis 96 Co-MVP: Diana Vines & Petra Jackson
The Women's American Basketball Association (WABA) formed in 2001 and played one season in 2002. Six teams played in the league: Allentown Crunch, Reading Rage, Schuylkill Syrens, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Scream, Wilmington Jaguars and York City Noise.
The 2002 championship game was played June 2, 2002 and won by the York City Noise. Meggan Yedsena (who went on to play for the Colorado Chill) led the Schuylkill Syrens in the league's inaugural season. Some of the teams made the transition to the WEBA and continue to play semi-professional Basketball. Yedsena was the only player to play in both the 1990s WABA (for Nebraska) and the 2002 WABA.
- Nancy Lieberman, Janice Lawrence Braxton, Molly Bolin, Pamela McGee and Paula McGee
- Krista Blunk, Lisa Braddy, Laurie Byrd, Sarah Campbell, Lisa Carlsen, Joy Champ, Surina Dixon, Cledella Evans, Crystal Flint, Robbie Garcia, Kay Kay Hart, Michelle Clark-Heard, Patty Jo Hedges, Petra Jackson, Patrice Marshall, Evette Ott, Lynn Page, Lisa Sandbothe, Danielle Shareef, Melissa Stanford, Lisa Tate, Diana Vines, Tammy Williams, Cynthia Wilson, and Meggan Yedsena
- 1995 All-Star Photos
- Beckett Cards
- Professional basketball research
- WABA 2002 news by OurSportsCentral
- WBA Photo archive
- WNBA CARDS
- Women's Pro Basketball video