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RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — The Richmond Roadrunners of the American Women’s Basketball Association (WABA) are ready to begin their fourth season of play this Saturday against the Philadelphia Fury 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 for this season is to increase attendance at games.

“Our goal for this season is to bring fans to the games. We want Richmond to know that we have a professional women’s basketball team and allow them to watch because women’s basketball has taken off.”

The opportunity to play basketball professionally is also a big incentive for the Roadrunners, who have several players from the Richmond area on their team, including defender Jazzmin Dabney, who said it’s great to play for Richmond.

“Honestly, it’s a dream come true,” Dabney said. “I played for Highland Springs High School in 2012 and wanted to take my talent to the professional level one day, and bringing this organization here to Richmond was a great thing.”

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

“We talked about forming a professional team and she told me about WABA. So from that initial idea, it just got better and better,” Collier said.

The Richmond Roadrunners will play four home games this summer, both on July 13 and 14 at Hermitage High School, and the team’s final two games will be on August 17 and 31 at Henrico High School.