Mehryn Kraker had a team-leading 17 points, Jolene Anderson had a double-double and the Wisconsin GLO remained undefeated with an 88-74 victory at the St. Louis Surge on Sunday, June 30.
The GLO (10-0) scored 18 unanswered points for a 22-4 lead and led by at least seven points the rest of the way, including their largest advantage of the day at 84-62 late in the fourth quarter, en route to completing a sweep of the three-game regular season series with St. Louis.
Sunday’s meeting between the Global Women’s Basketball Association rivals was a non-league contest. Wisconsin, which sits atop the GWBA with a 4-0 league record, previously defeated St. Louis (2-3, 2-2 GWBA) by scores of 92-66 at home May 18 and 107-70 on the road June 15. Both prior meetings counted in the GWBA standings.
Kraker went 7-for-12 from the field in 27 minutes off the bench on the way to leading the GLO in scoring for the third time in the past four games.
Anderson recorded her second double-double of the year with 13 points and 11 rebounds.
Taylor Wurtz added 15 points, five rebounds and four assists for the GLO, who also received 14 points and four assists from Sam Logic, 12 points from Allie LeClaire, nine points and a game-high 13 rebounds from Jessica Lindstrom, and seven points and three steals from Julie Wojta. Lindstrom, now averaging 10.4 boards per game, has been the team’s leading rebounder five times in the past eight contests.
Wisconsin outshot the Surge, 45.7 to 34.2 percent, from the floor and owned advantages of 49-45 in rebounds, 25-11 in assists and 4-2 in blocks. The GLO have not allowed an opponent to shoot better than 36.8 percent from the field this season.
St. Louis had a brief 4-3 lead Sunday until the GLO responded with 18 consecutive points. Logic sparked the 18-point run with a 3-pointer that provided Wisconsin the lead for good at 6-4. Wojta then converted a three-point play before the GLO continued the game-changing run with layups by Wurtz, Kraker, LeClaire and another basket in the paint from Wojta. Lindstrom then capped the run with a long jumper.
The Surge cut their deficit to 22-15 early in the second period, but Wurtz and Kraker drained 3-pointers, Wojta scored the last of her seven points on a layup and Wisconsin upped its lead to 30-15. LeClaire later accounted for each of the GLO’s last five points of the first half as Wisconsin had a 41-29 advantage at intermission.
Anderson’s second three-point play of the game provided Wisconsin a 55-40 lead in the third quarter. The Surge pulled within nine points on three occasions during the third period, but a six-point run that featured layups by Kraker and Wurtz increased the GLO lead to 64-49 late in the quarter.
Clinging to a 67-55 advantage early in the final quarter, Wisconsin put the game away with seven points in a row on a Wurtz 3-pointer, a Lindstrom jumper and an Anderson layup. The GLO had their largest cushion of 22 points following a LeClaire layup in the final minutes.
Kristi Bellock and Rebecca Harris both had 17 points to lead St. Louis while Kelsey McClure added 16 points in 15 minutes off the Surge bench. Bellock, who also grabbed a team-leading nine rebounds, shot 7-for-11 from the field.
Wisconsin, scoring 99.5 points per game on the year, has won by an average of 44.3 points a contest in its inaugural season.
The GLO are idle until hosting their final home game of the regular season July 13 against the three-time defending GWBA champion Flint Monarchs at Menominee Nation Arena in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. The GLO can clinch the outright GWBA regular season title with a win over Flint on July 13. [Purchase tickets]