Basketball player creates a league of her own
- jason vondersmith
- Portland Tribune - Sports
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Da'Love Woods, a former St. Mary's Academy and University of Portland student, admits she had herself in mind when she considered starting a women's pro-am summer basketball league.
Woods, 24, who received her master's degree in education last weekend from Portland State, might resume her playing career overseas in the fall.
'I wanted a place to play,' Woods says, 'and there wasn't an NCAA-sanctioned league around here.'
So, through her Deep Three Basketball company, she created one. The Portland Women's Summer League will feature seven teams, maybe eight, and include college players, ex-college players and some soon-to-be college players.
The league will play Wednesdays and Thursdays from June 27 through Aug. 16, with 12 games for each team and then playoffs, all at Portland Community College's Cascade Campus. A $1 donation from spectators is suggested at the door.
Woods has been setting up all the teams, making sure each has a good point guard and a solid post, and she will decide which team she'll join.
'It's like my own personal video game - who do I want to match up?' she says.
A similar league put on games at Jefferson High a few years back, but judging by the response, Woods says, players wanted a new league.
Some of those involved are former UP player Jamie Medley, OSU guard Brittney Davis, Pilot player Brooke Fernandez, former Jefferson/USC standout Erica Mashia, former St. Mary's/Arizona guard Lisa Griffith, recent Central Catholic grad Becky Goll, former pro Falisha Wright, and the entire Lewis and Clark and Concordia teams.
Woods is excited about the prospect of the league's success.
'I'm trying to please the NCAA and make sure players are in compliance,' she says. 'It's a lot of administrative work.' She hopes everyone pays their entry fee of $90 - 'I know we're all friends here, but I've got to cut my losses.'
'It's crazy - best form of communication out there,' she says.
Woods just ended up her school year as a math and technology instructor at Open Meadow, aNorth Portland alternative school, and completed her master's degree after doing her undergrad work at UP and Colorado State. She figures it's a good time to play professionally.