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Will Birmingham play in the Women's Basketball Development Association?


November 23, 2018
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The Women's Basketball Development Association announces that Birmingham will be an inaugural franchise in 2019.

The league is scheduled to being play in late April or early May.

The local team's name will be the Birmingham Queens.

No announcement was made regarding who owns the team or where games will be played.

While the league's name is new, the organization is basically a continuation of the Women's Blue-Chip Basketball League. The WBCBL was founded in 2004 by Willie McCray as a showcase for women to land jobs in the Women's National Basketball Association and other professional leagues. The league's first season was in 2005.

Against the odds, the WBCBL has survived over the years. Last year, the WBCBL had 37 teams, spread across the nation.

In 2017, Birmingham had a team in the WBCBL, the Alabama Reign. The Reign only played one season.

The new league was announced on September 24th and is owned by William Kelly, who also owns the Grand Rapids Galaxy.

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  Owner Gibril Davies
   
Kelly said the new league would "continue the success and history of the original women’s basketball development league, while adding value and support to team owners and players. There are a ton of colleges across the county with thousands of women players graduating every year that are looking for opportunities to continue playing and go pro. We are here to provide those opportunities and be a bridge between college and the professional level."

Kelly is excited for his league's potential. "I'm hoping to increase the number of players we send pro every year. I also look for the WBDA to be a dominant factor in women's basketball."

December 17, 2018
Gibril Davies announces he is the owner of the Birmingham Queens. Davies is the CEO of the Olympus Group and is very active in local politics. He is also the director of media and branding for the league.

"I started the Birmingham Queens organization because I felt Birmingham was the perfect market for a women's pro development team. I'm going to create opportunities for women on and off the court while building relationships with our state institutions. Our goal is to provide a family friendly environment and second chance for players from Alabama to go pro," Davies said.

A part owner of the Queens is Kimberly Meadows Clark, who owns the local men's basketball team the Magic City Surge. The Surge are members of the American Basketball Association.
 
2019
 Women's Basketball Development Association  
Eastern
Division
Western
Division
   Atlanta Monarchs    AS1 Hoops (Mexico)
   Baltimore Lions    Birmingham Queens
   Canton Storm    Chicago Lady Rage
   Cleveland Crush     Dallas Crest
   Dade County Lady Bulls    Grand Rapids Galaxy
   Detroit Dodgers    Kansas City Heirs   
   Fort Myers Bobcats    Killeen Force
   Greensboro Havoc    Las Tucson Sol
   Jacksonville Lady Panthers        Las Vegas Gems
   Lake Erie Strive    Milwaukee Aces
   New Jersey Sting    Oakland Rise  
   Orlando Boom    Phoenix Lady Elite 1   
   Philadelphia Reign    Shreveport-Bossier Lady Knights   
   Riviera Beach Heatwave    Southern California Splash
   Toledo Threat    Twin Cities Queen Elite
                 
  xxx   xxx   xxx   xxx  
AS1 Hoops logo   Atlanta Monarchs logo   Baltimore Lions logo   Birmingham Queens logo   Canton Storm logo
AS1 Hoops   Atlanta Monarchs   Baltimore Lions   Birmingham Queens   Canton Storm
                 
Chicago Lady Rage logo   Cleveland Crush logo   Dade County Lady Bulls logo   Dallas Crest logo   Detroit Dodgers logo
Chicago Lady Rage   Cleveland Crush   Dade County Lady Bulls   Dallas Crest   Detroit Dodgers
                 
Fort Myers Bobcats logo   Grand Rapids Galaxy logo   Greensboro Havoc logo   Jacksonville Lady Panthers logo   Kansas City Heirs logo
Fort Myers Bobcats   Grand Rapids Galaxy   Greensboro Havoc   Jacksonville Lady Panthers   Kansas City Heirs
                 
Killeen Force logo   Lake Erie Strive logo   Las Tucson Sol logo   Las Vegas Gems logo   Milwaukee Aces logo
Killeen Force   Lake Erie Strive   Las Tucson Sol   Las Vegas Gems   Milwaukee Aces
                 
New Jersey Sting logo   Oakland Rise logo   Orlando Boom logo   Philadelphia Reign logo   Phoenix Lady Elite 1's logo
New Jersey Sting   Oakland Rise   Orlando Boom   Philadelphia Reign   Phoenix Lady Elite 1
                 
Riviera Beach Heatwave logo   Shreveport-Bossier Lady Knights   Southern California Splash logo   Twin Cities Queen Elite logo   Toledo Threat logo
Riviera Beach Heatwave   Shreveport-Bossier Lady Knights   Southern California Splash   Twin Cities Queen Elite   Toledo Threat
                 
May 2019
 
2019
Women's Basketball Development Association
Date Opponent Result   Score   
   05/04/2019    at Atlanta Monarchs  
05/11/2019 Killeen Force  
05/25/2019 at Killeen Force  
06/01/2019 Shreveport-Bossier Lady Knights  
06/08/2019 at Dallas Crest  
06/15/2019 Atlanta Monarchs  
06/22/2019 at Killeen Force  
07/13/2019 at Shreveport-Bossier Lady Knights  
07/27/2019 Dallas Crest  
 Final Season Results: ?-?
 The ??? are the 2019 Women's Basketball Development
 Association champions.
 

 
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