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HISTORY OF THE AMERICAN BASKETBALL LEAGUE
ABL MEMBERSHIP CHRONOLOGY 1996-97 - 1998-99
1996-97
In-  Atlanta Glory         1996-97           [charter franchise]
     Colorado Explosion    1996-97 - 1998-99 [charter franchise]
     Columbus Quest        1996-97 - 1998-99 [charter franchise]
     New England Blizzard  1996-97 - 1998-99 [charter franchise]
     Portland Power        1996-97 - 1998-99 [charter franchise]
     Richmond Rage         1996-97           [charter franchise]
     San Jose Lasers       1996-97 - 1998-99 [charter franchise]
     Seattle Reign         1996-97 - 1998-99 [charter franchise]
1997-98
In-  Long Beach Stingrays  1997-98           [expansion franchise]
     Philadelphia Rage     1997-98 - 1998-99 [formerly Richmond Rage]
Out- Richmond Rage                           [to Philadelphia Rage]
1998-99
In-  Chicago Condors       1997-98           [expansion franchise]
     Nashville Noise       1997-98           [expansion franchise]
Out- Atlanta Glory                           [disbanded]
     Long Beach Stingrays                    [disbanded]
ABL FRANCHISES BY SEASON 1996-97 - 1998-99
ATG - Atlanta Glory [Norcross, GA]          1996-97 - 1997-98
CCO - Chicago Condors [Chicago, IL]         1998-99
COX - Colorado Explosion [Denver, CO]       1996-97 - 1998-99
COQ - Columbus Quest [Columbus, OH]         1996-97 - 1998-99
LBS - Long Beach Stingrays [Long Beach, CA] 1997-98
NAS - Nashville Noise [Nashville, TN]       1998-99
NEB - New England Blizzard [Hartford, CT]   1996-97 - 1998-99
PHR - Philadelphia Rage [Philadelphia, PA]  1997-98 - 1998-99
PRT - Portland Power [Portland, OR]         1996-97 - 1998-99
RIR - Richmond Rage [Richmond, VA]          1996-97
SJL - San Jose Lasers [San Jose, CA]        1996-97 - 1998-99
SER - Seattle Reign [Seattle, WA]           1996-97 - 1998-99
1996-97 - ATG  COX  COQ  NEB  PRT  RIR* SJL  SER
1997-98 - ATG* COX  COQ  LBS* NEB  PHR  PRT  SJL  SER
1998-99 - CCO  COX  COQ  NAS  NEB  PHR  PRT  SJL  SER
Notes:
* - franchise disbanded or relocated after season
ABL ARENAS 1996-97 - 1998-99
ATG - Norcross Arena, Norcross, GA 1996-97 - 1997-98
CCO - University of Illinois-Chicago Pavilion, Chicago, IL 1998-99
COX - Denver Coliseum, Denver, CO 1996-97 - 1998-99
      NcNichols Sports Arena, Denver, CO 1996-97 - 1998-99
COQ - Batelle Hall, Columbus, OH 1996-97 - 1998-99
      St. John Arena, Columbus, OH 1996-97 - 1998-99
LBS - Pyramid, Long Beach State University, Long Beach, CA 1997-98
NAS - Municipal Auditorium, Nashville, TN 1998-99
NEB - Hartford Civic Center, Hartford, CT 1996-97 - 1998-99
      Springfield Civic Center, Springfield, MA 1996-97 - 1998-99
PHR - The Palestra, Philadelphia, PA 1997-98 - 1998-99
      The Apollo of Temple, Philadelphia, PA 1997-98 - 1998-99
PRT - Memorial Coliseum, Portland, OR 1996-97 - 1998-99
RIR - Richmond Coliseum, Richmond, VA 1996-97
SJL - San Jose Event Center, San Jose, CA 1996-97 - 1998-99
      San Jose Arena, San Jose, CA 1996-97 - 1998-99
SER - Mercer Arena in Seattle Center, Seattle, WA 1996-97 - 1998-99
ABL YEARLY STANDINGS 1996-97 - 1998-99
1996-97 ABL
Eastern Conference       W   L  Pct.  GB
Columbus Quest          31   9  .775  ..
Richmond Rage           21  19  .525  10
Atlanta Glory           18  22  .450  13
New England Blizzard    16  24  .400  15
Western Conference       W   L  Pct.  GB
Colorado Explosion      25  15  .625  ..
San Jose Lasers         18  22  .450   7
Seattle Reign           17  23  .425   8
Portland Power          14  26  .350  11
ABL SEMIFINALS
23Feb97 Richmond 80, Colorado 77
25Feb97 Richmond 82, Colorado 68
23Feb97 Columbus 94, San Jose 69
25Feb97 Columbus 81, San Jose 69
ABL CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES
2Mar97 Columbus 90, Richmond 89
4Mar97 Richmond 75, Columbus 62
8Mar97 Richmond 72, Columbus 67
9Mar97 Columbus 95, Richmond 84
10Mar97 Columbus 77, Richmond 64
1997-98 ABL
Eastern Conference       W   L  Pct.  GB
Columbus Quest          36   8  .818  ..
New England Blizzard    24  20  .545  13
Atlanta Glory           15  29  .340  21
Philadelphia Rage       13  31  .295  23
Western Conference       W   L  Pct.  GB
Portland Power		27  17  .613  ..
Long Beach StingRays	26  18  .591   1
San Jose Lasers		21  23  .477   6
Colorado Xplosion	21  23  .477   6
Seattle Reign		15  29  .340  12
ABL FIRST ROUND
20Feb98 San Jose 80, New England 78
22Feb98 San Jose 83, New England 71
21Feb98 Long Beach 96, Colorado 72
22Feb98 Colorado 88, Long Beach 68
25Feb98 Long Beach 92, Colorado 61
ABL SEMIFINALS
28Feb98 Columbus 94, San Jose 88
1Mar98 Columbus 74, San Jose 62
27Feb98 Long Beach 72, Portland 62
1Mar98 Long Beach 70, Portland 69
ABL CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES
8Mar98 Long Beach 65, Columbus 62
9Mar98 Long Beach 71, Columbus 61
11Mar98 Columbus 70, Long Beach 61
13Mar98 Columbus 68, Long Beach 53
15Mar98 Columbus 86, Long Beach 81
1998-99 ABL
Eastern Conference       W   L  Pct.  GB
Columbus Quest          11   3  .786  ..
Philadelphia Rage        9   5  .643   2
Chicago Condors          4   8  .333   6
Nashville Noise          4  11  .267   7.5
New England Blizzard     3  10  .231   7.5
Western Conference       W   L  Pct.  GB
Portland Power           9   4  .692  ..
San Jose Lasers          9   6  .600   1
Seattle Reign            8   7  .533   2
Colorado Xplosion        5   8  .385   4
League disbanded 22Dec98
AMERICAN BASKETBALL LEAGUE AWARDS 1996-97 - 1998-99
ABL MOST VALUABLE PLAYER
1996-97 - Nikki McCray, COQ
1997-98 - Natalie Williams, PRT
ABL COACH OF THE YEAR
1996-97 - Brian Alger, COX
1997-98 - Lin Dunn, PRT
ABL DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
1996-97 - Debbie Black, COX
1997-98 - Tolanda Griffith, LBS
ABL ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
1996-97 - Crystal Robinson, COX
1997-98 - Shalonda Enis, SER
ABL FINALS MOST VALUABLE PLAYER
1997-98 - Valerie Still, COQ
ALL-ABL TEAM
1996-97
FIRST TEAM
Teresa Edwards, ATG
Dawn Staley, RIR	
Natalie Williams, PRT	
Nikki McCray, COQ	
Adrienne Goodson, RIR	
SECOND TEAM
Carolyn Jones, NEB
Debbie Black, COX
Taj Williams, RIR	
Cindy Brown, SER	
Crystal Robinson, COX
1997-98
FIRST TEAM
Teresa Edwards, ATG
Yolanda Griffith, LBS
Carolyn Jones, NEB
Katie Smith, COQ
Natalie Williams, PRT
SECOND TEAM
Jennifer Azzi, SJL
Shalonda Enis, SER
Adrienne Goodson, PHR
Dawn Staley, PHR
Valerie Still, COQ
ABL PLAYER OF THE WEEK
1996-97
22Oct96 - Sheri Sam, SJ
29Oct96 - Teresa Edwards, ATG
 5Nov96 - Nikki McCray, COQ
12Nov96 - Cindy Brown, SER
19Nov96 - Katie Smith, COQ
26Nov96 - Saudia Roudtree, ATG
 3Dec96 - Edna Campbell, COX
10Dec96 - Debbie Black, COX
17Dec96 - Teresa Edwards, ATG
23Dec96 - Crystal Robinson, COX
31Dec96 - Shanda Berry, NEB
 6Jan97 - Natalie Williams, POR
13Jan97 - Teresa Edwards, ATG
21Jan97 - Carolyn Jones, NEB
28Jan97 - Dawn Staley, RIR
 4Feb97 - Niesa Johnson, ATG
11Feb97 - Charlotte Smith, COX
18Feb97 - Carolyn Jones, NEB
1997-98
21Oct97 - Yolanda Griffith, LBS 
29Oct97 - Natalie Williams, PRT 
 4Nov97 - Katie Smith, COQ
11Nov97 - Carolyn Jones, NEB
18Nov97 - Elaine Powell, PRT 
25Nov97 - Teresa Edwards, ATG
 2Dec97 - Katie Smith, COQ
 9Dec97 - Stacey Lovelace, ATG
16Dec97 - Jennifer Azzi, SJL
23Dec97 - Natalie Williams, PRT
31Dec97 - Sheri Sam, SJL
 5Jan98 - Shalonda Enis, SER
12Jan98 - Edna Campbell, COX
19Jan98 - Sylvia Crawley, PRT
26Jan98 - Natalie Williams, PRT
 2Feb98 - Valerie Still, COQ
 9Feb98 - Carolyn Jones, NEB
16Feb98 - Adrienne Goodson, PHR
1998-99
16Nov98 - Val Whiting, SER
23Nov98 - Teresa Edwards, PHR
30Nov98 - Kate Starbird. SER
 7Dec98 - Yolanda Griffith, CHC
14Dec98 - Teresa Edwards, PHR
21Dec98 - Jennifer Azzi, SJL
ABL DRAFTS 1996 - 1998
1996 ABL DRAFT - 19Jun96
COX - 1 Edna Campbell            G    Texas
      2 Sylvia Crawley           F/C  North Carolina
SER - 1 Venus Lacy               C    Louisiana Tech
      2 Cindy Brown              F/C  Long Beach State
SJL - 1 Jennifer Azzi            G    Stanford
      2 Val Whiting              F/C  Stanford
NEB - 1 Rebecca Lobo             C/F  Connecticut
      2 Teresa Weatherspoon      G    Louisiana Tech
COQ - 1 Nikki McCray             G    Tennessee
      2 Carla McGhee             C/F  Tennessee
PRT - 1 Katy Steding             F    Stanford
      2 Ruthie Bolton-Holyfield  G    Auburn
ATG   1 Teresa Edwards           G    Georgia
      2 Katrina McClain          F    Georgia
RIR - 1 Lisa Leslie              C/F  Southern California
      2 Dawn Staley              G    Virginia
1997 ABL EXPANSION ASSIGNMENTS - 26Apr97
LONG BEACH STINGRAYS
SER - Cindy Brown                F/C  Long Beach State
SER - Venus Lacy                 C    Louisiana Tech
PRT - Michelle Marciniak         G    Tennessee
      Nicky McCrimmon            G    Southern California
SJL - Trisha Stafford Brown      F    California
1997 ABL DRAFT - 5May97
t-Territorial selection
FIRST ROUND
 1 - LBS                    Yolanda Griffith          C    Florida Atlantic
 2 - PRT                    Delisha Milton            F/C  Florida
 3 - NEB-t                  Kara Wolters              C    Connecticut
 4 - SER-t                  Kate Starbird             G    Stanford
 5 - ATG-t                  Tracy Henderson           C    Georgia
 6 - SJL                    Clarisse Machanguana      G    Old Dominion
 7 - SER (from COX)         Shalonda Enis             F/C  Alabama
 8 - RIC-t                  La Keshia Frett           F    Georgia
 9 - NEB (from COQ)         Dale Hodges               G/F  St. Joseph's
SECOND ROUND
10 - LBS                    Beverly Williams          G    Texas-Austin
11 - PRT                    La Ticia Morris           G    Auburn
12 - COQ (from NEB)         Angie Potthoff            G/F  Penn State
13 - SER                    Astou Ndiaye              F/C  Southern Nazarene
14 - ATG                    Cathy Boswell             F    Illinois State
15 - SJL                    Kedra Holland-Corn        G    Georgia
16 - COX                    Keisha Anderson           G    Wisconsin
17 - RIC                    Beth Morgan               G    Notre Dame
18 - NEB                    Deanna Tate               G    Maryland
THIRD ROUND
19 - COX (from LBS via SER) Dana Wynne                G/F  Seton Hall
20 - PRT                    Elaine Powell             G    Louisiana State
21 - NEB                    Carla Berube              G/F  Connecticut
22 - SJL (from SER)         Katryna Gaither           F    Notre Dame
23 - ATG                    Abby Conklin              G/F  Tennessee
24 - SJL                    Kisa Bradley              F/C  Oral Roberts
25 - COX                    Missy Masley              F    Penn State (played for ATG)
26 - RIC                    Michelle Campbell         G    Southern California
27 - COQ-t                  Jannon Roland             G/F  Purdue
FOURTH ROUND
28 - LBS                    Necole Tunsi              G    Iowa
29 - PRT                    Erin Scholtz              F/G  Colorado
30 - COX (from NEB)         Latina Davis              G    Tennessee
31 - SER                    Yvette Angel              G    Ohio State
32 - ATG                    Boky Vidic                G    Oregon State
33 - SER (from SJL)         Kira Orr                  G    Duke
34 - COX                    Traci Thirdgill           G    Washington
35 - RIC                    Dana Wilkerson            G    Long Beach State
36 - NEB (from COQ)         Sandra Hodge              G    New Orleans
FIFTH ROUND
37 - LBS                    Ingrid Dixson             C    UC-Berkley
38 - PRT                    Markita Aldridge          G    UNC-Charlotte
39 - NEB                    Corissa Yasen             G    Purdue
40 - RIC (from SER)         Milica Vukadinovic        G    Cal-Berkley
41 - ATG                    ???
42 - SJL                    Laurie Byrd               G    Eastern Michigan (played for ATG)
43 - COX                    Mara Cunningham           F/C  Vanderbilt
44 - RIC                    Amy Mallon                G    St. Joseph's
45 - LBS (from COQ)         Clarissa Davis-Wrightsil  F    Texas
SIXTH ROUND
46 - COX (from LBS)         Shanele Stires            G/F  Kansas State
47 - PRT                    Charmin Smith             G    Stanford
48 - NEB                    Wendy Davis               G    Connecticut
49 - SER                    Pashen Thompson           F/C  Tennessee
50 - COQ (from ATG)         Adrian Jones              F    Kansas State
51 - SJL                    Jamillah  Lang            F    Colorado (played for SJL)
52 - RIC                    Ester Benjamin            F    Old Dominion
53 - ATG (from COQ)         Passed
SUPPLEMENTAL PICK
     LBS                    Dena Evans                G    Virginia
1998 ABL DRAFT - 5May98
FIRST ROUND
 1 - PRT (from CHI)         Danielle McCulley         F/C  Western Kentucky
 2 - PHR                    Chasity Melvin            F/C  North Carolina State
 3 - NEB (from LBS via SER) Barbara Farris            F/C  Tulane
 4 - NAS                    Jacque Nero               F    Alabama-Birmingham
 5 - COX                    Alisa Burras              C    Louisiana Tech
 6 - SJL                    Sharon Thompson           F    Mississippi State
 7 - LBS (from NEB)         Katrina Price             G    Stephen F. Austin
 8 - PRT                    Averrill Roberts          G    Ohio State
 9 - CHI (from ATG via LBS) Tausha Mills              F/C  Alabama
10 - PRT (from COQ)         Debra Williams            G    Louisiana Tech
SECOND ROUND
11 - NAS                    Na'Sheema Hillmon         F    Vanderbilt
12 - PHR                    Shantel Hardison          G    Louisiana Tech
13 - SER                    Naomi Mulitauaopele       C    Stanford
14 - CHI                    Ashley Berggren           G    Illinois
15 - COX                    Darla Simpson             F/C  Houston
16 - SJL                    Anna De Forge             F    Nebraska
17 - COQ (from NEB)         Stacey Ford               F/C  Georgia
18 - COX (from PRT)         Tiffany Gooden            F    Iowa
19 - NEB (from LBS)         Trisha Stafford           F    California
20 - COQ                    Shanele Stires            F    Kansas State
THIRD ROUND
21 - PRT (from CHI)         Shelley Sheetz            G    Colorado
22 - PHR                    Liliana Cabezas           F/C  Central Florida CC
23 - SER                    Nadine Malcolm            F    Providence
24 - NAS                    Falisha Wright            G    San Diego State
25 - SJL (from PRT via COX) LaToya Doage              G    Nebraska
26 - SJL                    Tiffani Johnson           C    Tennessee
27 - NEB                    Carla Berube              F    Connecticut
28 - NEB                    Laurie Byrd               G    Eastern Michigan
29 - SER (from LBS)         Boky Vidic                G    Oregon State
30 - COQ                    passed
FOURTH ROUND
31 - NAS                    passed
32 - PHR                    Traci Thirdgill           F    Washington
33 - LBS (from SER)         Pam Hudson                F    Northwestern Louisiana
34 - CHI                    Ryneldi Becenti           G    Arizona State
35 - COX                    passed
36 - CHI (from PRT via SJL) Barb Franke               F/C  Wisconsin
37 - COX (from NEB)         passed
38 - PRT                    Heather Owen              C    Stanford
39 - LBS                    passed
40 - SER (from COQ)         Nicky McCrimmon           G    Southern California
FIFTH ROUND
41 - CCO                    Joanne McCarthy           G    Illinois-Chicago
42 - SER (from PHR)         passed
43 - SER                    passed
44 - NAS                    passed
45 - COX                    passed
46 - SJL                    Molly Goodenbour          G    Stanford
47 - NEB                    Limor Mizrachi            G    Maryland
48 - PRT                    Laticia Morris            F    Auburn
49 - LBS                    passed
50 - COQ                    passed
1998 ABL EXPANSION DRAFT - 16Apr98
CHICAGO CONDORS
 2 ATG - Cathy Boswell          G/F Illinois State
 4 NEB - E.C. Hill              G   Northern Illinois
 6 SJL - Anita Kaplan           C   Stanford
 8 LBS - Dana Wilkerson         G   Long Beach State
NASHVILLE NOISE
 1 PHR - Michelle Marciniak     G   Tennessee
 3 SER - Joy Holmes             G/F Purdue
 5 COQ - Carla McGee            C   Purdue
 7 COX - Vicki Hall             F   Texas
 
1998 ABL DISPERSAL DRAFT - 26Aug98
LONG BEACH STINGRAYS
CHI - Deanna Tate               G   Maryland
COQ - Beverly Williams          G   Texas-Austin
NEB - Stacey Lovelace           F   Purdue
PHR - Cass Bauer                F   Montana State
    - Katrina Price             G   Stephen F. Austin
PRT - Rhonda Smith              F   Washington
    - Natalie Williams          C   UCLA
SJL - Clarissa Davis-Wrightsil  F   Texas
    - Pam Hudson                F   Northwestern Louisiana
SER - Andrea Nagy               G   Florida International
 
ABL ATTENDANCE
1996-97
             Home   Home   Home
Team         Dates  Att.   Avg.
Atlanta       20   55,593  2,780
Colorado      20   82,212  4,106
Columbus      20   53,585  2,679
New England   20  100,166  5,008
Portland      20   83,343  4,167
Richmond      20   62,785  3,139
San Jose      20   63,623  3,181
Seattle       20   64,571  3,229
Total ABL attendance - 565,787
Average ABL attendance - 3,536
1997-98
             Home   Home   Home  Road   Road   Road
Team         Dates  Att.   Avg.  Dates  Att.   Avg.    Total
Atlanta       22   85,755  3,898  22  108,424  4,928  194,179
Colorado      22   84,079  3,822  22   95,117  4,324  179,196
Columbus      22   76,993  3,500  22  100,205  4,555  177,198
Long Beach    22   46,573  2,117  22   97,816  4,446  144,389
New England   22  194,848  8,857  22   89,071  4,049  283,919
Philadelphia  22   71,238  3,238  22   92,872  4,221  164,110
Portland      22  120,473  5,476  22   73,961  3,362  194,434
San Jose      22  105,004  4,773  22   88,985  4,045  193,989
Seattle       22   73,064  3,321  22  111,396  5,063  184,460
Total ABL attendance - 857,937
Average ABL attendance - 4,333
1998-99
             Home   Home   Home  Road   Road   Road
Team         Dates  Att.   Avg.  Dates  Att.   Avg.    Total
CHICAGO        5   23,874  4,775   7   21,023  3,003   44,897
COLORADO       8   19,871  2,484   5   15,516  3,103   35,387
COLUMBUS       7   17,119  2,446   7   26,541  3,792   43,660
NASHVILLE      7   17,982  2,569   8   34,348  4,294   52,330
NEW ENGLAND    8   60,479  7,560   5   18,767  3,753   79,246
PHILADELPHIA   6    8,968  1,495   8   35,610  4,451   44,578
PORTLAND       7   32,554  4,651   6   27,763  4,627   60,317
SAN JOSE       7   31,129  4,447   8   29,389  3,674   60,518
SEATTLE        7   27,145  3,878   8   30,164  3,771   57,309
Total ABL attendance - 239,121
Average ABL attendance - 3,857
ABL HISTORICAL TIMELINE
  Feb95 - Initial meeting of future ABL owners Steve Hams, Anne Cribbs and Gary
          Cavalli
  May95 - Theresa Edwards approached concerning her involvement with league
26Sep95 - Formation of ABL is announced in San Jose, California
  Feb96 - Original eight franchises announced
  May96 - ABL Player Tryout is held in Atlanta with nearly 600 players in attendance
19Jun96 - 1996 ABL Draft held in San Jose
  Jun96 - Reebok becomes the league's founding sponsor
  Jul96 - Television contract signed with SportsChannel
18Oct96 - New England defeats Richmond 100-73 in the first ABL game in Hartford
 1Dec96 - Gary Cavalli is named ABL Chief Executive Officer
15Dec96 - The ABL holds its first All-Star Game in Hartford
  Dec96 - Television contract signed with BET TV
11Mar97 - Columbus defeats Richmond 77-64 to win the first ABL title
24Apr97 - Long Beach awarded expansion franchise
26Apr97 - ABL expansion assignments announced
  Apr97 - ABL Player Combine held in San Francisco
 5May97 - 1997 ABL Draft held
21Jul97 - Richmond franchise moves to Philadelphia
 9Sep97 - Television contract signed with FOX Sports Net
31Jan98 - Columbus defeats Philadelphia 100-64 to finish the month of January with
          a 10-0 record
 5Feb98 - Columbus defeats Portland 71-70 to extend their ABL-record winning streak
          to 13 games
 7Feb98 - Seattle defeats Columbus 74-62 to snap their ABL-record 13-game winning
          streak
15Mar98 - Columbus defeats Long Beach 86-81 to win their second consecutive ABL
          title
19Mar98 - Atlanta franchise disbands
 8Apr98 - Chicago awarded expansion franchise
 9Apr98 - Nashville awarded expansion franchise
16Apr98 - ABL Expansion draft held
 5May98 - 1998 ABL Draft held
15Jul98 - CBS announces plans to televise two 1998-99 ABL Championship Series games
26Aug98 - Long Beach franchise disbands
22Dec98 - The ABL suspends operations with $25 million in debts
31Dec98 - The ABL files for reorganization