Women's Basketball Development Association

The Women’s Basketball Development Association (WBDA) is a professional development female basketball league.

Women's Basketball Development Association
SportBasketball
Founded2004
Inaugural season2005
PresidentWilliam Kelly
No. of teams30
CountryUnited States
ContinentFIBA Americas (Americas)
Most recent
champion(s)
Orlando Boom (2019)
Most titlesConyers Conquers, Rock County Robins, and St. Louis Surge (2)
Official websiteWBDApro.com

The season typically operates from late April until early August and concludes with a league championship hosted by one of the WBDAs member teams.

History

Founded in November 2004 as the Women's Blue Chip Basketball League by Willie McCray with the assistance of co-founders Cortez Bond and Prentiss Broadway, the league provides players with top rate competition and exposure to professional scouts from around the world.

The 2017 WBCBL championship game was won by the Georgia Soul over the St. Louis Surge, 64-63, after the Surge missed a last-second attempt to win the game.

Willie McCray stepped away from the league in September of 2018 handing off the day-to-day operations to William Kelly.[1] The league was rebranded as WBDA.

Teams

WBDA teams
Eastern Conference City
All Army Team San Antonio, TX
Atlanta Monarchs Atlanta, GA
Baltimore Lions Baltimore, MD
Cleveland Crush Cleveland, OH
Dade County Lady Bulls Miami, FL
Detroit Dodgers Detroit, MI
Fort Myers Bobcats Fort Myers, FL
Greensboro Havoc Greensboro, NC
Jacksonville Lady Panthers Jacksonville, FL
Lake Erie Strive Irving, NY
New Jersey Sting Cherry Hill, NJ
Orlando Boom Orlando, FL
Philadelphia Reign Philadelphia, PA
Riviera Beach Heatwave Riviera Beach, FL
Toledo Threat Toledo, OH
Toronto Lady Elite 1s Toronto, Ontario
Western Conference City
AS1 Hoops San Luis Potosí, México
Birmingham Legends Birmingham, AL
Chicago Lady Rage Chicago, IL
Dallas Crest Dallas, TX
Finesse Flight Tucson, AZ
Grand Rapids Galaxy Grand Rapids, MI
Kansas City Royal Heirs Kansas City, MO
Killeen Force Killeen, TX
Las Vegas Gems Las Vegas, NV
Milwaukee Aces Milwaukee, WI
Oakland Rise Oakland, CA
Phoenix Lady Elite 1s Phoenix, AZ
Shreveport-Bossier Lady Knights Bossier, LA
SoCal Splash Fullerton, CA
TC Queen Elite Minneapolis, MN

Former teams

  • Arkansas Ballers
  • Arkansas Starz
  • Atlanta J.C. Crew
  • Atlanta Flames
  • Atlanta Riverhawks
  • Baltimore Cougars
  • Beaufort Bison
  • Calgary Storm
  • Capital City Cougars
  • Carolina Lady Rush
  • Charleston Lowcountry Fire
  • Charlotte Invasion
  • Chicago Lady Steam
  • Conyers Rockets
  • Dallas Diesel
  • Detroit Black Hawks
  • D.M.V. Bucks
  • Elgin Rim Rockers
  • Fayetteville Lady Rush
  • Fayetteville Lady Xpress
  • Florida Lady Knighthawks
  • Georgia Soul
  • Georgia Stampede
  • Gulf Coast Tropics
  • Illinois Starlights
  • Jacksonville Tigers
  • Johnstown Super Stars
  • Kansas City Majestics
  • Lakewood Lady Panthers
  • Long Island Wave
  • Louisiana Bayou Angels
  • Louisville Fillies
  • Maryland Queens
  • Memphis Tigers
  • Midwest Flyers
  • Minnesota Black Ice
  • Music City Icons
  • Nebraska Strikers
  • New Orleans Riders
  • Orange Park Crusaders
  • Orlando Extreme
  • Orlando Stars
  • Palm Beach Sabers
  • Rock County Robins
  • San Antonio Crusaders
  • San Diego Sprint
  • Savannah Warriors
  • Shreveport Sting
  • St. Louis Surge
  • Tampa Five Star
  • Tampa X-Factor
  • Texas Storm
  • Virginia Lady Supremes
  • Virginia Lady Warriors
  • Winston-Salem Lady Warcats

Champions

Season WBCBL Champion Runner-up Result Host city
2005 Conyers Conquerors Dallas Diesel 67-59 Dallas, TX
2006 Conyers Conquerors Atlanta Flames 57-53 Atlanta, GA
2007 Arkansas Ballers Shreveport Sting 90-50 Memphis, TN
2008 Tampa X Factor Savannah Lady Warriors 73-71 Mobile, AL
2009 Savannah Lady Warriors Chicago Lady Steam 74-72 Tampa, FL
2010 Rock County Robins[2] Gulf Coast Storm 71-67 Miami Gardens, FL
2011 Rock County Robins Orlando Extreme 85-73 Atlanta, GA
2012 Louisiana Bayou Angels St. Louis Surge 90-80 Miami Lakes, FL
2013 Auburn Flyers[3] Louisiana Bayou Angels 95-73 St. Louis, MO
2014 St. Louis Surge[4] Auburn Flyers 81-69 New Orleans, LA
2015 Charlotte Invasion[5] St. Louis Surge 98-86 Greenville, SC
2016 St. Louis Surge Midwest Flyers 77-62 San Antonio, Texas
2017 Georgia Soul St. Louis Surge 64-63 St. Louis, MO
2018 Atlanta Monarchs St. Louis Surge 80-79 Charlotte, NC
Season WBDA Champion Runner-up Result Host city
2019 Orlando Boom Phoenix Lady Elite 1’s 87-82 Kansas City, MO

WBCBL Professional Basketball Trailblazer Award

In honor of the Women’s Blue Chip Basketball League’s 10th anniversary, the 2015 Women’s Professional Basketball “Trailblazer” Award was given on August 2, 2015 to ten female basketball icons, including Cynthia Cooper, Nancy Lieberman, Sarah Campbell, Dr. Robelyn Garcia, Lynette Woodard, Kandi Conda, Lisa Leslie, E.C. Hill, Dr. Geri Kay Hart and Tamika Catchings.[6] The award recognizes some of the most influential people in professional women’s basketball, specifically those who helped blaze the trail, shape the overall landscape and pave the way for women’s professional basketball.[7] These 10 women have prevailed to greatness in a male dominated sport and give hope to young girls who inspire to be professional players, coaches, and team owners.[8]

References

  1. "WBCBL retirement". WBCBL. September 24, 2018.
  2. "Rock County Robins Win 2010 WBCBL National Championship". Women's Basketball Buzz. 24 August 2010.
  3. "Auburn Flyers are the 2013 WBCBL National Champs". USbasket. 6 August 2013.
  4. "St. Louis Surge win WBCBL National Title". St. Louis Basketball News. 6 August 2014.
  5. "Charlotte Invasion capture 2015 WBCBL National Title". WBCBL News. 6 August 2015.
  6. "WBCBL to Honor 10 trailblazers in Women's Professional Basketball". WBCBL News. Retrieved July 9, 2015.
  7. "Woodard and Garcia Honored as trailblazers in Women's Professional Basketball". WBCBL News. Retrieved August 22, 2015.
  8. "2015 WBCBL Trailblazer Award in Women's Professional Basketball". Arizona Athletics Official Website. Retrieved July 9, 2015.
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