Women's basketball breaks through glass ceiling through WNBL
ABS-CBN Sports on Apr 05, 2019 07:29 PM
(Photo courtesy of WNBL)
Filipino women’s basketball players will be on the spotlight as the first season of the Women’s National Basketball League (WNBL) begins on Sunday at the Hagonoy Sports Complex in Taguig City.
Seven teams will be seeing action in the inaugural season of the league organized by the National Basketball League (NBL) with the Parañaque Lady Aces battling the Laguna Lady Pistons in the opener at 1 p.m.
Also playing in the first season are the Philippine Navy, Philippine Air Force, Taguig Lady Generals, Pampanga Delta Amazons, and the Cleon and Clyde Lady Snipers.
Following the formation of the men’s league catered to homegrown talents in different provinces, cities, and municipalities, the NBL is now organizing a women’s league in order to help the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas in honing the talents of female players.
“We promised na holistic ‘yung approach natin, meaning hindi lang men’s ang ike-cater natin. Gusto naming suportahan ang mga programs ng federation kung papaano tayo makaka-discover ng mga talented players hindi lamang sa men’s,” said NBL chairman and president Celso Mercado during the league’s formal launch on Thursday.
Teams have beefed up their rosters having recruited former and current national team players as well as ex-collegiate stars from various women’s leagues including the UAAP, WNCAA, and the NCAA South.