Portland Power (basketball)

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Portland Power
Portland Power logo
League ABL
Founded 1996
Folded 1998
Arena Memorial Coliseum
Capacity 10.934
Location Portland, Oregon
Team colors green, blue, white
Team manager Linda Weston (general manager)[1]
Head coach Greg Bruce (1996)
Lin Dunn (1997–98)
Missy Bequette (assistant coach)[1]
Division titles 1 (1997–98)
Website www.portlandpower.com (archived on July 4, 1998)

The Portland Power was a women's professional basketball team in the American Basketball League (ABL) based in Portland, Oregon. The Power began play in 1996, and disbanded when the ABL folded at the end of 1998. The Power hosted home games at Veterans Memorial Coliseum, which had a capacity of 10.934.

1996-97 season

The Power's first head coach was Greg Bruce, who had previously been the head women's basketball coach at Portland State. The Power's first roster included:

The Power got off to a miserable start, going 5-17 under Bruce, who resigned on New Year's Day 1997 and was replaced by former Purdue coach Lin Dunn.[2] Under Dunn, the Power managed to go 9-9 the rest of the first season, and finished last in the Western Conference.

1997-98 season

In their second season, the Power showed much improvement. The team acquired Sylvia Crawley from North Carolina's 1994 national championship team and Delisha Milton from Florida among other players, and won the Western Conference. Coach Dunn was named ABL Coach of the Year, and Williams was named the league's MVP.[3] In the playoffs, the team met the conference runner-up, the Long Beach Stingrays, and lost 2 games to 0.[4]

1998-99 season

For their third season, the Power acquired Steding's former Stanford teammate, point guard Sonja Henning. Though they got off to a slow start, the Power was leading the Western Conference after completing a five-game win streak when the ABL abruptly folded due to financial difficulties on December 22, 1998.

At the time of their demise, the Power's starting lineup was:[5]

After the franchise folded, many Power players went on to continue their careers in the WNBA.

Team records

Season W L Win % Result
1996-97 14 26 .350 4th Place, Western Conference[6]
1997-98 27 17 .614 Western Conference Champion[7]
1998 9 4 .692 1st Place, Western Conference[5]

1997-98 playoff results

Date Result
February 27, 1998 at Long Beach 72, Portland 62
March 1, 1998 Long Beach 70, at Portland 69
Long Beach wins series, 2-0[4]

ABL statistical leaders

1997-98 season:[8]

  • Natalie Williams, 1st in ABL in scoring (913 points, 21.7 points per game)
  • Natalie Williams, 2nd in ABL in rebounding (477 rebounds, 11.4 rebounds per game)
  • Natalie Williams, 1st in ABL in field goal percentage (336 of 604, .556 average)
  • Natalie Williams, 4th in ABL in blocks (47 blocks, 1.1 blocks per game)

1998 season (partial):[9]

  • Natalie Williams, 2nd in ABL in scoring (258 points, 19.9 points per game)
  • Natalie Williams, 2nd in ABL in field goals percentage (94 of 162 .580 average)
  • Katy Steding, 1st in ABL in three-point goals (32 of 74 .432 average)
  • Natalie Williams, 2nd in ABL in rebounding (129 rebounds, 9.9 rebounds per game)
  • Sonja Henning, 2nd in ABL in assists (78 assists, 6.0 per game)


1996-97 1997-98[10] 1998-99[11]

All-Star players

League honors


  1. ^ a b "ABL Teams". ABL Tribute. Archived from the original on 2009-10-26. Retrieved 2007-04-23. 
  2. ^ "Power's Bruce resigns". The Oregonian. January 2, 1997. 
  3. ^ a b c d "1998 League Awards". ABL Tribute. Archived from the original on 2005-08-10. Retrieved 2007-04-23. 
  4. ^ a b "ABL Playoffs 1997-98". Infoplease.com. Retrieved 2007-04-23. 
  5. ^ a b "ABL-Portland Power". CNNSI.com. Archived from the original on 2007-09-30. Retrieved 2007-04-23. 
  6. ^ "Final ABL Standings 1996-97". Infoplease.com. Retrieved 2007-04-23. 
  7. ^ "Final ABL Standings 1997-98". Infoplease.com. Retrieved 2007-04-23. 
  8. ^ "ABL Regular Season Individual Leaders 1997-98". Infoplease.com. Retrieved 2007-04-23. 
  9. ^ "'98-'99 ABL Player Statistics". finchhaven.com. Retrieved 2007-04-23. 
  10. ^ "Portland Power 1997-98 Statistics". CNNSI.com. Retrieved 2007-04-23. 
  11. ^ "Portland Power 1998-99 Roster". CNNSI.com. Retrieved 2007-04-23. 
  12. ^ "1997 League Awards". ABL Tribute. Archived from the original on 2005-08-10. Retrieved 2007-04-23. 

External links

  • American Basketball League Tribute site
  • 1996-97 Standings, Awards, and Playoff Results from Infoplease.com
  • 1997-98 Standings, Awards, Playoff Results, and Individual Leaders from Infoplease.com
  • Portland Power 1999 statistics from CNN/SI.com
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