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Richmond Roadrunners prepare for new season of women’s professional basketball

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Richmond Roadrunners Women’s American Basketball Association (WABA) They are set to begin their fourth season of play against the Philadelphia Fury on Saturday at Hermitage High School.

The Roadrunners hope to capitalize on the success of women’s sports across the country. Head coach Barvenia Wooten says the team’s goal this season is to try to increase their attendance at games.

“Our goal this season is basically to bring fans to the games. We want Richmond to know that we have a women’s professional basketball team and let them watch because women’s basketball is on the rise.”

The opportunity to play professional basketball is also a big draw for the Roadrunners. The team features several players from the Richmond area, including guard Jazzmin Dabney, who says it’s great to play in Richmond.

“It’s truly a dream come true,” Dabney said. “I played at Highland Springs High School in 2012 and wanted to take my talents to the professional level one day, and to bring this organization here to Richmond was a great deal.”

Bringing a professional women’s basketball team to Richmond was a family affair. Coach Wooten, who played at Virginia Union University, and his daughter Vicki Collier, who played at Old Dominion University, wanted to bring high-level professional women’s basketball to the River City, and the team increased participation and the skill level of the players each season.

“We talked about getting a professional team together and he told me about WABA. From my first thought, it’s gotten better,” Collier said.

The Richmond Roadrunners will play four home games this summer, two of which will be at Hermitage High School on July 13 and 14. The team will then play its final two games at Henrico High School on Aug. 17 and Aug. 31.