Women’s basketball was created in the late 1800s, along with its men’s counterpart. This sport was spread from the east coast from the United States to the west coast and most popular in America with the Women’s National Basketball Association or WNBA.
The organization was established in 1996 to hold the professional basketball league for women in the United States. The league play started in 1997. The regular WNBA season takes place from June to September. Most team names are similar to those of the National Basketball Association teams such as the Washington Wizards and Washington Mystics, the Minnesota Timberwolves and Minnesota Lynx.
At present, each continent has its famous league for women’s basketball. AfroBasket Women is the basketball continental championship of African women. The tournament serves to qualify teams for participation in the quadrennial FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup and the Olympic basketball tournament.
In Asia, there are many tournaments for the women’s basketball, including the Women’s Chinese Basketball Association (WCBA), the Women’s Hong Kong Basketball Association, the Indian National Basketball Championship for Women, the Women’s Japan Basketball League, the Lebanese Basketball League, the Women’s Philippine Basketball League, the Women’s Korean Basketball League (WKBL), the Women’s Super-Basketball League, and the Women’s Super-Basketball League.
Meanwhile, the Russian Women’s Basketball Premier League is the dominant league of the women’s basketball in Europe. Other famous leagues of such sport are the Italian Serie A1, the Spanish Liga Femenina, and the Turkish Women’s Basketball League.
Besides, professional women’s basketball exists in Australia is the Women’s National Basketball League.
Carol Blazejowski is known as the most famous women’s basketball player in the world thanks to heir series of achievements, such as the gold medal at the World Championships 1979; the silver medal at the Pan American Games1979; and the gold medals at the World University Games 1979 and 1977.
It is followed by Tamika Catchings with gold medals at Olympics 2012, 2008, 2004, and gold medals at the World Championships 2010, 2002, and Cynthia Cooper with gold medals at Olympics 1988, the World Championships 1990, 1986; Pan American Games 1987; and Goodwill Games 1986.