1982 - The first NCAA college basketball championship for women was held. The league was the first professional women's basketball league in the United States. In order to navigate out of this carousel please use your heading shortcut key to navigate to the next or previous heading. 1926 - The AAU sponsored the first national women's basketball championship, using men's rules. 2002 - Lisa Leslie, became the first woman to dunk in a professional basketball game. 1990 - Bernadette Locke became the first female Division I coach of a men's basketball team. I was a key player for this team. 2001 - thrity-two-year veteran Texas Longhorn coach Jody Conradt, fifty-nine, became the first womens basketball coach to work 1,000 games. She is named the leagues first MVP at the end of the season. We work hard to protect your security and privacy. There were also bright spots. The league played three seasons from the fall of 1978 to the spring of 1981. The Women's Professional Basketball League (abbreviated WBL) was a professional women's basketball league in the United States. She is currently the only female official in the NBA. Reviewed in the United States on December 18, 2011. 1953 The USA womens basketball team won the gold in the first international basketball game. 2009 WPS Inaugural match at the Home Depot Center (now, 2011 WPS Championship game at Sahlen's Stadium (now. Powered by Juicer. The WPBL debuted on December 9th, 1978 with a game between the Milwaukee Does and the Chicago Hustle at the MECCA Arena in Milwaukee. The Iowa franchise was terrific on the court and developed a state-wide following, touring various gyms and arenas around the state in a custom 1964 Greyhound called “the Corndog”. It was created by the NBA Board of Governors as a women’s analogue to the NBA, and in the early 21st century the WNBA became the most successful American women’s professional sports league ever. Sign Up. 2001 - The United States won basketball gold at the World University Games, defeating China. It also analyzes reviews to verify trustworthiness. Our payment security system encrypts your information during transmission. She is named the league’s first MVP at the end of the season. The Chicago Hustle drew a loyal crowd and broadcast games on WGN-TV. Learn how your comment data is processed. Karra Porter brings to life the pioneers of the WBL: “Machine Gun” Molly Bolin, who set lasting scoring records—then faced an historic custody battle because of her basketball career; Connie Kunzmann, a popular player whose murder rocked the league; Liz Silcott, whose remarkable talents masked deeper problems off the court; Ann Meyers, who went from an NBA tryout to the league she had rebuffed; Nancy Lieberman, whose flashy play and marketing savvy were unlike anything the women's game had ever seen. 1995 - Sheryl Swoopes had an athletic shoe named after her by Nike, the "Air Swoopes.". Eventually filling the void was the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA). 1995 - Kerri McTiernan was the first woman ever to coach a men's college team at this level. Please try again. 1978 - The first game of the Women's Professional Basketball League (WBL) was played on December 8th. Instead, our system considers things like how recent a review is and if the reviewer bought the item on Amazon. The Women’s Professional Basketball League was the first attempt to launch a nationwide professional basketball league for women. Karra Porter is a lawyer in Salt Lake City, Utah. The 1979-1981 WPBL is also sometimes referred to simply as the Women’s Basketball League or WBL. Following the season, four more teams dropped out. The Story of Ann Meyers Drysdale capture Canadian ringette title", "2011 Tim Hortons Canadian ringette championships underway in Cambridge", "Alberta U16, Quebec U19 and Edmonton WAM! There was an error retrieving your Wish Lists. The league returned for a third and final season in 1980-81, but was plagued by more of the same problems. Video Channel. Women's American Basketball Association (WABA) formed, with six teams; it was, like most of the women's professional basketball leagues, short-lived Lynette Woodard began playing with the Harlem Globetrotters, the first woman to play with that team Please try your request again later. 1892 - Gymnastics instructor Senda Berenson introduced basketball to Smith College. Bring your club to Amazon Book Clubs, start a new book club and invite your friends to join, or find a club that’s right for you for free. The eight-team league lasted three seasons. She has represented a number of WNBA players in her practice and has given speeches on the history of women’s basketball and the law of professional basketball. 1976 Basketball became an Olympic event for women. 1993 - Basketball player Lynette Woodard was the recipient of the Women's Sports Foundation's Flo Hyman Award. A true labor of love by a dedicated basketball fan, "Mad Seasons" offers an objective "insider's" look at the rise and fall of this pioneering effort. M. Ann Hall, Immodest and Sensational: 150 Years of Canadian Women in Sport, James Lorimer & Company Ltd. Toronto 2008. Organized first women's basketball team, adapting rules invented by Dr. James Naismith; Stressed basketball as exercise, socialization, not competition; First women's basketball game played: March 21, 1893; 1901 - 1907: wrote first Basketball Guide for Women ; Chaired U.S. Women's Basketball Committee; Hall of Fame . Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Reviewed in the United States on August 16, 2006. You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition. by Ann Meyers Drysdale, 1978-79 Women’s Professional Basketball League Brochure, February 9, 1981 Women’s Basketball League All-Star Game Program @ Albuquerque, NM, Good Seats Still Available Podcast #28 https://www.britannica.com/topic/Womens-Professional-Basketball-League. 1999 - Billie Moore, the first woman's coach to win national championships at two schools was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame. The WBL, as it became known, played from 1978 to 1981. 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Players struck over unpaid wages in New England and Minnesota and the league lost another team in mid-season when the New England Gulls went belly up. Top subscription boxes – right to your door, © 1996-2020, Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates. Your email address will not be published. Store. EPISODE 28: Women’s Pro Basketball’s “Machine Gun” Molly Kazmer, As I look through the photos of the New Orleans Pride I am sad, because I see no pictures of key players. The biggest game of the year was always when ODU (Lieberman and Nissen, et al) would come to maul our womens team - the gym was packed to beyond capacity and always outdrew the mens game. Women's basketball leagues. Mad Seasons: The Story of the First Women’s Professional Basketball League 1978-1981 The Women’s Professional Basketball League was the first attempt to launch a nationwide professional basketball league for women. 2000 - Identical twins Kelly and Coco Miller became the first athletes in the Sullivan Awards seventy-year history to be nominated as a joint entry as the nations top amateur athlete in 1999. …occasionally formed, such as the Women’s Professional Basketball League (WPBL); begun in 1978, the WPBL lasted only three years.
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