The second annual try to get Washington off the ground as a member of the fledgling Women's Professional Basketball League (WBL) has come to the never-happened first.
This time, civic and sports officials assembled en masse at D.C. Armory yesterday in affirmation that the Washington Metros will play nine home games there at Starplex; the other nine in Baltimore Civic Center.
This time, Nat Frazier, who coached the Morgan State men's teams of Marvin Webster and more recently was an assistant with the Eraser's current team, the NBA Knicks, was on hand as the Metros' president and coach. tand Big Bob Ferry, the Bullets' general manager, was there to lend moral support.
This time, forwards Debbie Stewart, a 6-foot-2 power player who starred on Maryland's nationally contending teams the past few years, and Alicia Smith, a 5-9 top-notcher at Morgan in Baltimore, were there to personify the talent that will take the floor for the 36-game schedule in the expanded, 14-team league now reaching to the Pacific coast.
Frazier said the Metros will have to draw 3,000 customers a game to break even, with player salaries averaging around $7,000.
Stewart, who lives in Annandale, said pay is a secondary consideration at this time but, "People will look back on us 20 years from now and think of us as pioneer women who helped get the whole thing rolling"...