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HISTORY OF THE WOMEN'S PROFESSIONAL BASKETBALL LEAGUE
Compiled by Robert Bradley
Contribotors - Jack Black, F. Travis Boley, Robert Bradley, Tom Goddard, John Guy,
Steve Mau, Shawn Oliver, Mark Pollak, Pat Premo, Molly Bolin Kazmer and Dennis Slusher
WBL FRANCHISE CHRONOLOGY 1978-79 - 1980-81
1978-79
In-  Chicago Hustle         1978-79 - 1980-81
     Dayton Rockettes       1978-79
     Houston Angels         1978-79 - 1979-80
     Iowa Cornets           1978-79 - 1979-80
     Milwaukee Does         1978-79 - 1979-80
     Minnesota Fillies      1978-79 - 1980-81
     New Jersey Gems        1978-79 - 1980-81
     New York Stars         1978-79 - 1979-80
1979-80
In-  California Dreams      1979-80           [expansion franchise]
     Dallas Diamonds        1979-80 - 1980-81 [expansion franchise]
     New Orleans Pride      1979-80 - 1980-81 [expansion franchise]
     Philadelphia Fox       1979-80           [expansion franchise]
     St. Louis Streak       1979-80 - 1980-81 [expansion franchise]
     San Francisco Pioneers 1979-80 - 1980-81 [expansion franchise]
     Washington Metros      1979-80           [formerly Dayton Rockettes]
Out- Dayton Rockettes                         [to Washington Metros]
     Philadelphia Fox                         [disbanded during season]
     Washington Metros                        [disbanded during season]
1980-81
In-  Nebraska Wranglers     1980-81           [formerly California Dreams]
     New England Gulls      1980-81           [expansion franchise]
Out- California Dreams                        [to Nebraska Wranglers]
     Houston Angels                           [disbanded]
     Iowa Cornets                             [disbanded]
     Milwaukee Does                           [disbanded]
     New England Gulls                        [disbanded during season]
     New York Stars                           [disbanded]
WBL FRANCHISES BY SEASON 1978-79 - 1980-81
CAD - California Dreams [Long Beach, CA; Anaheim, CA]      1979-80
CHH - Chicago Hustle [Chicago, IL]                         1978-79 - 1980-81
DLD - Dallas Diamonds [Dallas, TX]                         1979-80 - 1980-81
DYR - Dayton Rockettes [Dayton, OH]                        1978-79
HTA - Houston Angels [Houston, TX]                         1978-79 - 1979-80
IOW - Iowa Cornets [Des Moines, IA; Cedar Rapids, IA]      1978-79 - 1979-80
MLD - Milwaukee Does [Milwaukee, WI]                       1978-79 - 1979-80
MNF - Minnesota Fillies [Minneapolis, MN; Bloomington, MN] 1978-79 - 1980-81
NBW - Nebraska Wranglers [Omaha, NE]                       1980-81
NEG - New England Gulls [North Andover, MA]                1980-81
NJG - New Jersey Gems [Elizabeth, NJ; West Orange, NJ]     1978-79 - 1980-81
NOP - New Orleans Pride [New Orleans, LA]                  1979-80 - 1980-81
NYS - New York Stars [New York, NY; New Rochelle, NY]      1978-79 - 1979-80
PHF - Philadelphia Fox [Philadelphia, PA]                  1979-80
SLS - St. Louis Streak [St. Louis, MO]                     1979-80 - 1980-81
SFP - San Francisco Pioneers [San Francisco, CA]           1979-80 - 1980-81
WAM - Washington Metros [Washington, DC; Baltimore, MD]    1979-80
1978-79 - CHH  DYR* HTA  IOW  MLD  MNF  NJG  NYS
1979-80 - CAD* CHH  DLD  HTA* IWO* MLD* MNF  NGJ  NOP  NYS* PHF# SLS  SFP  WAM#
1980-81 - CHH  DLD  MNF  NBW  NEG* NJG  NOP  SLS  SFP
Notes:
* - franchise disbanded or relocated after season
# franchise disbanded or relocated during season
WBL ARENAS 1978-79 - 1980-81
CAD - Long Beach Arena, Long Beach, CA 1979-80
      Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, CA 1979-80
CHH - Alumni Hall, Chicago, IL 1978-79 - 1980-81
DLD - Dallas Convention Center Arena, Dallas, TX 1979-80
      Moody Coliseum, Dallas, TX 1980-81
DYR - Hara Arena, Dayton, OH 1978-79
HTA - Astro Arena, Houston, TX 1978-79 - 1979-80
IOW - Veterans Memorial Auditorium, Des Moines, IA 1978-79 - 1979-80
      Coe College Gymnasium, Cedar Rapids, IA 1978-79 - 1979-80
MLD - Milwaukee Arena, Milwaukee, WI 1978-79 - 1979-80
MNF - Metropolitan Sports Center, Bloomington, MN 1978-79
      Williams Arena, Minneapolis, MN 1978-79 - 1980-81
NBW - Omaha City Auditorium, Omaha, NE 1980-81
NEG - Merrimack College, North Andover, MA 1980-81
NJG - Thomas Dunn Center, Elizabeth, NJ 1978-79 - 1979-80
      South Mountain Arena, West Orange, NJ 1980-81
NOP - Louisisana Superdome, New Orleans, LA 1979-80 - 1980-81
      University of New Orleans Field House, New Orleans, LA 1980-81
NYS - Iona College Gymnasium, New Rochelle, NY 1978-79
      Madison Square Garden, New York, NY 1979-80
PHF - Civic Center, Philadelphia, PA 1979-80
SLS - Keil Auditorium, St. Louis, MO 1979-80 - 1980-81
SFP - San Francisco Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, CA 1979-80 - 1980-81
WAM - D.C. Armory Starplex, Washington, DC 1979-80
      Baltimore Civic Center, Baltimore, MD 1979-80
WBL YEARLY STANDINGS 1978-79 - 1980-81]
1978-79 WBL
Eastern Division         W   L  Pct.  GB
Houston Angels          26   8  .768  ..
New York Stars          19  15  .559   7
Dayton Rockets          12  22  .353  14
New Jersey Gems          9  25  .265  17
Midwest Division         W   L  Pct.  GB
Chicago Hustle          21  13  .618  ..
Iowa Cornets            21  13  .618  ..
Minnesota Fillies       17  17  .500   4
Milwaukee Does          11  23  .324  10
WBL EASTERN DIVISION SEMIFINALS
11Apr79 Houston 97, New York 91
13Apr79 Houston 93, New York 84
WBL MIDWEST DIVISION SEMIFINALS
10Apr79 Chicago 112, Iowa 107 OT
12Apr79 Iowa 114, Chicago 101
14Apr79 Iowa 118, Chicago 117
WBL FINALS
17Apr79 Houston 89, Iowa 85
20Apr79 Houston 112, Iowa 98
23Apr79 Iowa 110, Houston 101
26Apr79 Iowa 89, Houston 79
1May79 Houston 111, Iowa 104
1979-80 WBL
Eastern Division         W   L  Pct.  GB
New York Stars          28   7  .800  ..
New Orleans Pride       21  13  .618   6.5
New Jersey Gems         19  17  .528   9.5
St. Louis Streak        15  21  .417  13.5
Washington Metros*       3   7  .300  ..
Philadelphia Fox*        2   8  .200  ..
Midwestern Division      W   L  Pct.  GB
Iowa Cornets            24  12  .667  ..
Minnesota Fillies       22  12  .647   1
Chicago Hustle          17  19  .472   7
Milwaukee Does          10  24  .294  13
Western Division         W   L  Pct.  GB
Houston Angels          19  14  .576  ..
San Francisco Pioneers  18  18  .500   2.5
California Dreams       11  18  .393   6
Dallas Diamonds          7  28  .200  13
*Philadelphia and Washington disbanded during the season
WBL QUARTERFINALS
17Mar80 Houston 90, San Francisco 75
20Mar80 San Francisco 93, Houston 82
22Mar80 San Francisco 98, Houston 95
18Mar80 New Orleans 96, Minnesota 92
21Mar80 Minnesota 97, New Orleans 93
23Mar80 Minnesota 97, New Orleans 91
WBL SEMIFINALS
26Mar80 Minnesota 108, Iowa 87
29Mar80 Minnesota 111, Iowa 128
31Mar80 Iowa 95, Minnesota 92
28Mar80 New York 104, San Francisco 97
1Apr80 New York 91, San Francisco 90
WBL FINALS
3Apr80 New York 128, Iowa 96
5Apr80 New York 119, Iowa 99
7Apr80 Iowa 119, New York 112
9Apr80 New York 125, Iowa 114
1980-81 WBL
Coastal Division         W   L  Pct.  GB
Dallas Diamonds         27   9  .750  ..
New Jersey Gems         23  13  .639   4
New Orleans Pride       18  19  .486   9.5
San Francisco Pioneers  14  22  .389  13
New England Gulls*       2  10  .167  ..
Central Division         W   L  Pct.  GB
Nebraska Wranglers      27   9  .750  ..
Chicago Hustle          18  18  .500   9
St. Louis Streak        14  21  .400  12.5
Minnesota Fillies        7  28  .200  19.5
*New England disbanded during the season
WBL COSTAL DIVISION PLAYOFFS
3Apr81 New Jersey 91, Dallas 86
4Apr81 Dallas 92, New Jersey 85
6Apr81 Dallas 107, New Jersey 88
WBL CENTRAL DIVISION PLAYOFFS
4Apr81 Nebraska 97, Chicago 75
5Apr81 Nebraska 81, Chicago 61
WBL FINALS
14Apr81 Nebraska 89, Dallas 72
15Apr81 Dallas 106, Nebraska 93
17Apr81 Dallas 96, Nebraska 88
18Apr81 Nebraska 94, Dallas 93
20Apr81 Nebraska 99, Dallas 90
WBL AWARD WINNERS 1978-79 - 1980-81
WBL MOST VALUABLE PLAYER
1978-79 - Rita Easterling, CCH
1979-80 - Molly Bolin, IOW
          Ann Meyers, NJG
1980-81 - Nancy Lieberman, DLD
WBL COACH OF THE YEAR
1978-79 - Don Knodel, HTA
1979-80 - Dean Meminger, NYS
1980-81 - ???
WBL OWNER OF THE YEAR
1978-79 - ???
1979-80 - Mashall Geller, SFP
1980-81 - ???
WBL ALL-STAR GAME MOST VALUABLE PLAYER
1978-79 - Rita Easterling, CCH
1979-80 - Charlene McWhorter, Chicago
1980-81 - Nancy Lieberman, Dallas