今年的10支参赛队伍，过去4届3度封后的昔加末篮协（Segamat BA）、上届第4名的森美兰金群利（NS Matrix）和超级体育（Supesports BC）是去年的参赛队伍，玛拉工艺大学（UiTM Lions Selection）则阔别2年后再度加入战围 ，槟城宝马（Penang Stallions）、吉隆坡红男爵（KL Red Baron）、雪兰莪雳烽（Rever BC）、金群利国际学校（Matrix Global School）、焱鸷体育俱乐部（Hatchers Sports Club）以及新加坡女篮联赛冠军的山顶灰人（Hillcrest Grays BC）皆是首次参与MWBL的球队。
外援方面，去年曾来参赛的泰国“美女”苏帕瓦蒂（Kunchuan Supavadee）、迈虹（Thidaporn Maihom）、柯兰布特（Klanbut Supira），还有大家熟悉的菲律宾名将阿拉娜（Allana May E.Lim），另外前东南亚女篮赛MVP贝拉蒂诺（Afril O.Bernardino）、弗兰玛依（France Mae Cabinbin）、纽西兰女将特丝博葛妮（Tesse Boagni）也加入今届赛事，部分球队仍在招兵买马中，也让本届赛事的水平大幅度提升。
10 teams confirm competiting in the 5th Malaysia Women Basketball League (MWBL) which creating a glorious history in Malaysia Women Basketball.
MWBL is organized by Malaysia Basketball Association (MABA) and MVP Marketing, and is sponsored by MBI. MWBL was first started in year 2014, from 6 teams (2014-2016) to 7 teams (2017) and this year exceeding 10 teams in the fifth season which also the most team we had among the years.
Dato Saifuddin Abdullah, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Chief Executive of MBI, Mr. Raja Shahreen Raja Othman, MABA genaral manager Mr. Ken Yap, molten GM catherine poh, and other sponsors representative will be attending the press conference today.
This year, we have Segamat BA which is 3-times champion (2014, 2015 & 2017) in 4 years, NS Matrix, the 4th place in MWBL 2017 and Supersports BC joining this event. However, for the newcomers which are Penang Stallions, KL Red Baron, Rever BC, Matrix Global School, Hatchers Sports Club and Singapore Basketball League Champions Team, Hillcrest Grays BC.
Each team can have the maximum of 4 national players that had participated in Sea Game, and 3 foreign players which only limited to teams can only played 2 foreign players on court during the game.
For the foreign players, we have the well-known famous beauty from Thailand, Kunchuan Supavadee, Thidaporn Maihom, Klanbut Supira, and Allana May E.Lim from philiphines, which also join in MWBL 2017. Besides, we have Afril O.Bernardino , the MVP of SEABA Basketball Championship in 2016, France Mae Cabinbin and New Zealand native, Tesse Boagni are the new bloods among the foreign players. Some of the teams are still seeking for the foreign players which improve the level of this event.
For regular season, 10 teams will be playing round robin in the preliminary round; the top 6 teams will be able to proceed to playoff. The preliminary champion and first runner-up will automatically proceed to the semi-final and the other four teams are require to to play qualifying games (3 vs 6、4 vs 5) to fight for the remaining semi-final spot. Champion for preliminary round will have cash prize of RM5,000 and Champion for the season will be RM10,000.
The competition will kick off on the 20th of October , the preliminary round will be held until November 25th, and the top six play-offs, semi-finals and finals will be held from December 7th to 9th.
Tickets information: RM10 (preliminarily round), RM20 (playoffs) and RM100 (season tickets)