GLO put away Bandits with commanding second half

Mehryn Kraker paced six Wisconsin GLO double-digit scorers with a game-high 22 points on perfect shooting from the field as the undefeated GLO coasted to a 107-44 home win over the Indianapolis Bandits on Sunday, June 16 at Menominee Nation Arena in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

Mehryn Kraker made all 9 of her field goal attempts Sunday.

Kraker went 9-for-9 from the floor, made three 3-pointers and grabbed five rebounds while leading all players with five steals in 23 minutes.

Wisconsin (7-0) overcame a 15-14 deficit late in the first quarter and went on to outscore Indianapolis, 64-16, during a second half in which the GLO held the Bandits to 5-for-28 (17.9 percent) shooting from the floor. The Bandits, who scored just three points in the fourth period, were held without a made field goal for the last 11 minutes of the game.

Jolene Anderson is averaging 15 points per game for the GLO this season.

Jolene Anderson had 15 points on 7-for-12 shooting from the field for the GLO, who also received 13 points from Taylor Wurtz, 11 from Allie LeClaire, and 10 apiece from Alex Cohen and Sam Logic. Cohen and Logic recorded game highs of seven rebounds and seven assists, respectively.

The GLO concluded the contest with considerable advantages of 60-28 in rebounds, 22-7 in offensive board, 33-7 in assists and 21-7 in steals. Wisconsin, in its first season as a franchise, established new team records for assists, offensive rebounds, field goal (86) and 3-point (30) attempts, and blocks (5).

Indianapolis (1-2) was limited to a .246 field goal percentage Sunday. The GLO, who have limited each of their seven opponents to under 37 percent from the field, scored 107 points for the second straight game and have won their first seven games by an average of 41.3 points.

Allie LeClaire had 11 points in 13 minutes off the bench against the Bandits.

Wisconsin scored the first four points of the game on baskets from Logic and Janel McCarville before Indianapolis claimed its lone lead of the game at 15-14 following back-to-back 3-pointers by Porchia Green. However, a layup from LeClaire at the 1:14 mark of the first period provided the GLO with a 16-15 advantage they would not relinquish.

LeClaire’s basket began a string of 13 unanswered points by the GLO as Kraker buried a pair of 3s during the run before a layup from Kelly Moten extended the Wisconsin lead to 27-15 less than a minute into the second quarter. The Bandits cut their deficit to 34-26 midway through the second period, but the GLO put the game away with 18 of the next 20 points for a 52-28 cushion early in the third quarter.

Alex Cohen contributed season highs of 10 points and seven rebounds.

Anderson and Kraker both accounted for five points during the GLO’s decisive 18-2 run that lasted more than eight minutes.

Wisconsin erupted for 35 points on 15-for-18 shooting from the floor in the third quarter and limited Indianapolis to just three points for the entire final period. The GLO, who ended the game with a 38-6 run over the final 12 minutes, held the Bandits scoreless from the 1:05 mark of the third quarter until a free throw ended the drought with 6:48 left in the contest.

Green led Indianapolis with 11 points, four assists and three steals.

The GLO wrap up their three-game homestand by hosting the Music City Icons at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 22 and the Chicago Breeze at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 23. [Purchase tickets]