Women's American Basketball Association

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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.

WABA (1984)[edit]

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.

WWBA/WBA (1992–95)[edit]

The Women's Basketball Association (WBA) was the first women's professional basketball summer league. The league was called the WWBA and WBA for the first All-Star tour in 1992, before settling on WBA. The pioneer league was formed in 1992 by Lightning N Mitchell and played three full seasons from 1993–95.[1]

The WBA played a 15-game schedule and games were broadcast on Liberty Sports of Dallas. The All-Star games[2] 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 was is first American professional women's basketball league to be successful as a summer league, like their counterpart WNBA.

Guard Laurie Byrd played for the WWBA, WBA, American Basketball League and the WNBA.

WBA Champions[edit]

  • 1993 – Kansas Crusaders – MVP: Robelyn Garcia
  • 1994 – Nebraska Express – MVP: Maurtice Ivy (Tice)
  • 1995 – Chicago Twisters – MVP: Diana Vines

1993 WBA Regular Season[edit]

MVP: Sarah Campbell

WBA 1st Round Playoffs
Missouri 2–1 over Iowa
Iowa 119, Missouri 103
Missouri 98, Iowa 93
Missouri 117, Iowa 112 (OT)

Kansas 2–0 over Oklahoma
Kansas 92, Oklahoma 77
Kansas 114, Oklahoma 64

Nebraska 2–0 over Illinois
Nebraska 166, Illinois 129
Nebraska 127, Illinois 115

WBA 2nd Round Playoffs
Kansas 2–0 over Missouri
Kansas 121, Missouri 97
Kansas 109, Missouri 99

1993 WBA Championship (best-of five)
Kansas 3–1 over Nebraska
Kansas 125, Nebraska 119
Nebraska 118, Kansas 100
Kansas 111, Nebraska 96
First WBA Championship: Kansas 100, Nebraska 98
MVP: Robelyn "Robbie" Garcia

1994 WBA Regular Season[edit]

MVP: Evette Ott, Sarah Campbell

WBA 1st Round Playoffs
Memphis 2–0 over St. Louis
Memphis 126, St. Louis 111
Memphis 122, St. Louis 110

Indiana 2–0 over Oklahoma
Indiana 107, Oklahoma 91
Indiana 103, Oklahoma 91

WBA 2nd Round Playoffs (Best out of 2 or the total number of points score in 2 games)
Memphis won series in Points (195–185)
Kansas City 98, Memphis 94
Memphis 101, Kansas City 87

Nebraska won series by winning 2–0 over Indiana
Nebraska 99, Indiana 89
Nebraska 91, Indiana 87

1994 WBA Championship (best-of five)
Nebraska 3–2 over Memphis
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[edit]

MVP: Evette Ott, Sarah Campbell

1995 Last WBA Championship Game
Chicago 107, St. Louis 96
Co-MVP: Diana Vines & Petra Jackson

WABA (2001–02)[edit]

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.[1]

WABA (2013–present)[edit]

Management of the modern-day American Basketball Association (ABA) are attempting to create a "new" WABA. Several teams have been announced, but the league has yet to report any game results.

Notable players[edit]


  1. ^ a b Robert Bradley; Jack Black; F. Travis Boley; Robert Bradley; Tom Goddard; John Guy; Steve Mau; Shawn Oliver; Mark Pollak; Pat Premo; Dennis Slusher (16 June 2006). "The History of Women's Professional Basketball". Archived from the original on 11 December 2003. 
  2. ^ "Women's Basketball Association Set". Retrieved 29 December 2013. 

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