PBA League Expands With Two All-Female Teams

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The PBA League is set to expand again and this time it will happen in historic fashion.

The PBA announced Tuesday it will add two teams made up entirely of women to the 2020 PBA League and will hold a special draft to determine the team rosters.

The Miami Waves, coached by PBA champion Bob Learn Jr., and the Phoenix Fury, coached by PWBA great Kim Terrell-Kearney, will be the first all-female teams in PBA League history.

The special draft will take place July 7 at 4 p.m. Eastern live exclusively on FloBowling. Each team will draft five players from a pool of the top 35 players from the 2019 PWBA Tour points list.



While it will mark the first time the PBA League has all-female teams, it will not be the first time women have competed in the league since it was established in 2013.

Kelly Kulick competed for the NYC KingPins, Liz Johnson for the Portland Lumberjacks and Danielle McEwan for the Motown Muscle. None of the current team rosters have any female bowlers.

The 2020 PBA League competition was originally scheduled to be held in July but due to the coronavirus pandemic has been postponed. The PBA has said the event will take place this year at Bayside Bowl in Portland, Maine, and will make an announcement soon.

Two other expansion teams, the Brew City Ballers and Las Vegas High Rollers, were added to the league for 2020. Those teams already filled out their rosters as part of the 2020 PBA League Draft that was conducted in May.

With 12 teams now, the PBA League will be broken up into two six-team divisions.

The Carter Division will feature the Dallas Strikers, Philadelphia Hitmen, Brooklyn Styles, Silver Lake Atom Splitters, Las Vegas High Rollers and Phoenix Fury.

In the Anthony Division, the NYC Kingpins, Motown Muscle, Portland Lumberjacks, L.A. X, Brew City Ballers and Miami Waves will battle.

Women’s Teams Draft Eligible Players

Here are the players eligible to be drafted, made up of the top 35 from the 2019 PWBA points list.

Pos

Player

Points

1

Shannon O'Keefe

148,125

2

Danielle McEwan

117,085

3

Dasha Kovalova

109,970

4

Liz Johnson

84,325

5

Clara Guerrero

83,190

6

Jordan Richard

80,795

7

Missy Parkin

78,512.5

8

Liz Kuhlkin

77,650

9

Stefanie Johnson

74,945

10

Maria José Rodriguez

70,170

11

Bryanna Coté

69,135

12

Shannon Pluhowsky

67,480

13

Cherie Tan

66,875

14

Josie Barnes

62,310

15

Tannya Roumimper

60,780

16

Birgit Poppler

55,905

17

Diana Zavjalova

55,047.5

18

Valerie Bercier

52,162.5

19

Kelly Kulick

50,420

20

Sydney Brummett

50,325

21

Verity Crawley

48,815

22

Giselle Poss

44,000

23

Sandra Gongora

43,402.5

24

Shayna Ng

42,550

25

Julia Bond

40,970

26

Erin McCarthy

37,300

27

Rocio Restrepo

36,065

28

Ashly Galante

33,680

29

Jen Higgins

32,705

30

Gazmine Mason

32,570

31

Lindsay Boomershine

31,370

32

Daria Pajak

30,845

33

Jodi Woessner

29,395

34

Katelyn Simpson

29,235

35

Daphne Tan

27,105

 

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