Women's National Basketball League
Infobox sports league
website= [http://www.wnbl.com.au/ WNBL.com]
The Women's National Basketball League (WNBL) is the premier women's
basketballleague in Australia.
The league was established in 1986, following 5 years of the sport's development through the Women’s Basketball League and the Women’s Basketball Conference. WNBL games are televised on the ABC and
There are currently 10 teams in the WNBL with all Australian states and territories represented, with the exceptions of Tasmania and the Northern Territory:
*Australian Institute of Sport
*Bulleen Melbourne Boomers
Sydney Uni Flames[http://www.wnbl.com.au/index.php?id=15 ·]
The 2007/2008 season saw the addition of two new teams: the Bendigo Spirit, and the
ChristchurchSirens, which is the first franchise from outside of Australia.
The 2008/09 season will see the addition of a team from
Logan, Queensland. They will be the first team from South-East Queensland in over 10 years.
The league has been successful in developing players, the national team (the
Opals), and has led to many Australian women receiving contracts to play basketball in European leagues and the WNBA. Michele Timmswas the first Australian woman and the first international player drafted in the WNBA. Among the other notable players to make the transition from the WNBL to the WNBA are Lauren Jackson, Penny Taylor-Gil, and Tully Bevilaqua; those who have gone the other direction include American star Alana Beard. In fact, as the seasons do not overlap, players can participate in both leagues in the same year.
League Grand Finals
2008( 8 March): Adelaide Lightning92 def Sydney Uni Flames82.
2007( 17 February): Canberra Capitals73 def Sydney Uni Flames59.
2006( 18 February): Canberra Capitals68 def Dandenong Rangers55 - Lauren Jackson(Capitals) was game high scorer with 24pt
Complete list of WNBL Grand Final winners
* [http://www.wnbl.com.au/ Official WNBL website]
* [http://www.abc.net.au/wnbl/ WNBL on ABC website]
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