The DC Cyclones are one of the original teams to enter the Women’s American Basketball Association (WABA) when the league started in 2017. The Cyclones finished their first season with a 2-6 record and failed to make the playoffs. Team owner William Flowers wasn’t satisfied with the results of season one and decided to make some changes.
Year two Flowers decided to hire New York City native Ryan Exum and history was made in DC. Exum decided to bring in more veterans players and the results was a 7-1 finish for the Cyclones. When asked what was the connections between a New York City guy and an owner from the DMV area “The love for women’s basketball” was the answer. Flowers first met Exum, after seeing him coach an women’s basketball team. That played in a corporation league. Flowers approached Exum and asked him to coach his DC Cyclones team and was first denied. At the time Exum decided he already had a lot on his plate and felt taking on the extra responsibility could become overwhelming.
However, Will Flowers love for women’s basketball began to wear on Exum, so he decided to give it a try. In comes Exum along with players like Keyanna Tate who averaged 20 points 14 rebounds and 2 blocks. Kyah Proctor averaged 18 points and Kalika France chipped in 12.5 points and 10 rebounds for the Cyclones.
The Cyclones will get the chance to face the defending WABA 2017 Champions “Jersey Expressions” for the right play in the 2018 WABA Championship game. The two teams split their season series 1-1, but both teams have boasted about not having their full roster in their respective loses. Hopefully, with a game with so much magnitude on the line, WABA fans get to see the two teams square off at full strength.