Started back in 1996, the WNBA is a professional women’s basketball league and the the sister league associated with the NBA.

WNBA stars collage

Angel McCoughtry, Catchings, Tina Charles, Taurasi, Whalen

WNBA Season Schedule

Now in their 18th season, the Women’s National Basketball Association releases their league schedule around February and the league plays during the spring and summer. The season features 34 regular season games and usually starts their season in May and ending in August.

The WNBA playoffs begin when the regular season ends. You can find and print our WNBA playoff schedule here at PrinterFriendly.

WNBA vs. ABL

When the league first began, it competed against another women’s pro league in the ABL (American Basketball League).

The two associations battled one another but two professional women’s basketball leagues proved to be too much to sustain.

Despite some fantastic, exciting  (and arguably better) players like Yolanda Griffith, Katie Smith, Natalie Johnson, Taj McWilliams, Jennifer Azzi,  Dawn Staley and Debbie Black, the ABL was fighting an uphill battle without the financial support and marketing power of the NBA.

The ABL folded in 1998 after two full seasons, and the best players from the league joined WNBA stars Cynthia Cooper, Lisa Leslie and Sheryl Swoopes, were integrated into the WNBA, many of whom ended up being all-stars.