We Are The WABA! How We Began VS Where We Are

Women’s American Basketball Association

League Kicks Off 2021 Season  

Contact: Judith Burrell / 202-299-7576

May 3: Coaches and owners of the Women’s American Basketball Association teams will gather in Atlanta May 14 & 15, to kick off the League’s 2021 season.  The WABA includes 38 teams across 22 states and Mexico(see attached list), and has doubled in size since cancelling the 2020 season due to covid19.  Each team consists of up to 15 players and the match-ups take place every weekend over four months.  Each team plays 5 home and 5 away games, as the 2021 nationwide Season Open Tip-Offs take place July 24, and the Championship weekend is slated for October 22-24 in Montgomery AL. The WABA players comprise women seeking to advance their professional basketball opportunities, as they work full time or return from playing overseas.  The most recent WABA Champions are the DC Cyclones who won their title in October 2019.  


The Women’s American Basketball Association was founded in 2017 with 7 teams by Marsha Blount, President & CEO, and is headquartered in Denville, NJ near its brother organization the ABA.  The WABA’s mission is to provide professional opportunities for players post college with exposure to scouts seeking recruits for the growing number of women’s basketball teams around the globe.  “The growth of the WABA from 2017 is an amazing testament to the number of professional women basketball players seeking to advance.  The WABA teams, players, owners and coaches individually and collectively demand the attention and are forerunners in this history making movement underway,” says Blount.  She adds “We formed the WABA with the mantra ‘It’s Our Time!’ and as we see today that thought is now being actualized throughout women’s sports.” 

WABA games are live streamed over ZINGO TV on the WABA Channel, and this year individual player and team statistics are front and center on the redesigned WABA website–  www.womensaba.com.

Each WABA team is community focused to encourage young girls to pursue their basketball ambitions as they demonstrate how women are lifelines in their locales.  The teams collaborate on activities year round to support immediate needs as well as the future growth of their city’s residents and fans. Venues for the weekend games are generally schools, community centers and other recreation or fitness facilities in their individual markets.  The teams seek out local partnerships and sponsors as the league pursues the same nationally.

The league is known for its unique rules that foster a faster paced game, leading to more exciting moments and higher scoring:

  • Guard driven league results in 40 minutes of fast paced action
  • Half-court violation occurs after 7 seconds; if an WABA team is not successful in getting over the half-court line within 7 seconds it results in a turnover which initiates the 3D light
  • When the 3D Light is on: 2 pt. shots = 3 pts. | 3 pt. shots = 4 pts. | a half-court shot = 5 pts.
  • Six fouls leads to a technical foul and the ball | a player cannot foul out of the game

As professional women sports teams grow across the globe, investment in the growth of women with the WABA and its partners is paramount.  The collaboration of these38 WABA teams (see the list below) demonstrates an amazing depth of skill and achievement and promises ongoing excitement!  For further information and/ or to connect with WABA Executives or individual WABA teams, contact Judith Burrell, director of WABA Business Development, at jburrell.bpc@gmail.comor 202-299-7576.  

WABA TEAM LIST

AL MONTGOMERY LADY MAGIC 

AZ SOUTH PHOENIX LEGACY

CA LOS ANGELES HAMMS

CA SAN DIEGO SURF & SPRINT

DC DC CYCLONES 

FL FLORIDA LADY ALLSTARS (Gainesville)

FL JACKSONVILLE FORCE

FL LADY YESSUH (Bradenton)

FL TAMPA BAY PANTHERS

GA ATLANTA ANGELS 

GA ATLANTA LYNX

GA ATLANTA PHOENIX

GA COASTAL EMPIRE LADY MONARCHS (Hinesville)

GA GEORGIA SOUL (Augusta)

GA TRI-CITY LADY BLACKHAWKS (Columbus)

IL ILLINOIS CONQUERORS(Chicago)

IN GARY SUN-RAYS OF INDIANA 

KS TOPEKA SHOCK

LA CRESCENT CITY VOODOUX (New Orleans)

MANEW ENGLAND TRAILBLAZERS (Medfield)

ME LA MAPLEWOODS (Lewiston Auburn)*

MD MARYLAND JEWELS (Largo) 

MD MARYLAND CAPITOLS (Anne Arundel County)*

MOMIDWEST SOUND (St. Louis)

NJ JERSEY EXPRESSIONS (Newark)

NC GASTONIA GREYHOUNDS

NC GREENSBORO KAOS

NY MT VERNON SHAMROCKS 

NY OCEAN 11 (New York City)

NY SYRACUSE NATIONALS

OH CLEVELAND BLAZE 

PA POTTSTOWN POWER*

PA STEEL CITY QUEENS (Pittsburgh)

SC CAROLINA UPSTATE THUNDER (Simpsonville)

TNTENNESSEE CONDUCTORS (Cleveland)

VA RICHMOND ROADRUNNERS

VAVIRGINIA BEACH PUMAS

MEXICO LAS DRAGONAS OF TIJUANA  

*Playing in 2022 Season