The Women's Chinese Basketball Association (中国女子篮球甲级联赛; sometimes translated as China National Women's Basketball Association) is a women's professional basketball league in the People's Republic of China. It is commonly known as the WCBA, and this name (spelled out in Latin letters) is often used even in Chinese.
The WCBA was established in 2002. It is the women's counterpart to the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA).
The full name of each team usually consists of three parts, in the following order:
- A geographic designation (except in the case of the Bayi or "August First" team). Currently all of these are province-level designations (either a province or a municipality).
- A corporate sponsor name; this sponsor may change from year to year or perhaps even in mid-season.
- A nickname, such as the name of an animal. This rarely changes.
This can sometimes lead to confusion about what name to use in English because many variants may be seen. Team names are usually abbreviated (in Chinese or English), so that either the corporate sponsor name or the nickname is used interchangeably (rarely both). Also, the nickname can sometimes be translated into English in more than one way; also the corporate sponsor name can change frequently over time.
For a complete listing of WCBA Finals results, go to WCBA Finals Champions.
The Bayi Kylins have dominated the Women's Chinese Basketball Association, winning four of the six championship titles, including the 2008 title. They have been rivaled recently only by the Liaoning Leopards, who were playoff finalists in 2008 and champions the two previous years.