The WUBA will expand its Northern Conference with a new team in Dominican Republic beginning in 2020
|Reported by: Jo Fabian Jr.|
The WUBA will expand its Northern Conference with a new team in Dominican Republic beginning in 2020-21.
Jo Fabian Jr. of Copa Mitchell and United COC first reported the news, and WUBA Commissioner Earron Payton announced it in a press conference before the 2020 Mitchell Cup, which hosted UBA and Santiago clubs.
DPH Santiago Basket, a Santiago-based team that plays in Dominican's top international professional league, Copa Mitchell Cup, will join the WUBA. Payton said the WUBA is making an initial five-year commitment.
DPH Santiago Basket will become the WUBA's 30th team and its first outside the United States. The club will feature former Dominican National Team players like Eyandra Molina (5'8''-G-90, college: NC Central), Yamel Abreu (5'9''-G/F-95) and Lily Abreu (5'5''-PG-90). All three ladies won bronze in the 2012 Centrobasket Games in Morovis, Puerto Rico.
"Its a big honor to be apart of such a great and professional league", said Molina. We wanted to come together and build a brand for our people. Dominican Republic has so many great players that the world doesn't know about. The WUBA has given us the stage to show who we are.
The WUBA will participate in four contests as part of the Mitchell Cup (now United Cup of Champions) this year. The GIE Lady Matrix, Oakland Warriors and DPH Santiago Basket will all qualify for the event. All four games will take place in Koln, Germany summer of 2021 (June).
Per the Associated Press, the Dominican club (DPH) will play in the Northern Conference. They will have a 15 game schedule in both National and Super League of the WUBA.
"This will be a challenge for the league with the club coming from the Dominican Republic", said president Christy Luxe. But we voted as a group and this is the best move for the future. The WUBA is all about giving opportunity to all our sisters.
Courtesy of LatinBasket.com (Jo Fabian Jr.)