The Wisconsin GLO battled back from a double-digit deficit in the first half but couldn’t complete the comeback as they fell to the St. Louis Surge, 88-81, in a Global Women’s Basketball Association game played at Fontbonne University on Saturday afternoon.
Wisconsin went 14-0 in its inaugural season en route to winning the league championship and had started this season 2-0 before Saturday’s loss.
Taylor Wurtz led four players in double figures for Wisconsin with 19 points, including five 3-pointers, which is her high as a GLO player. Allazia Blockton and Jessica Kelliher each scored 15 points, while Jolene Anderson added 14.
Wurtz and Anderson hit back-to-back 3-pointers and Anderson drained two free throws in the final minute of the third quarter to give the GLO a 65-64 lead entering the final quarter where Wisconsin led by as many as three points early on in the period.
Two Anderson free throws with 7:29 remaining gave the GLO its last lead at 73-72 as the Surge responded with a 10-4 run to take a five-point lead with 3:02 left.
Kelliher scored on back-to-back possessions to bring the GLO back within one with 1:48 to play, but Wisconsin would not score again as the Surge scored the final six points of the game, getting a key 3-pointer from Erin Bollman with 37 seconds left to all but seal the win.
St. Louis (3-0) seized control of the game with an 11-2 run midway through the first quarter and stretched the advantage to as many as 13 points before taking a 30-19 lead at the end of the period.
The GLO trailed 41-33 at halftime but opened the second half with a 16-6 burst led by Wurtz, who hit three 3-pointers in the run, including one with 6:46 left in the period that gave the GLO a 49-47 lead.
But Wisconsin was unable to widen the gap after taking the lead and needed the flurry at the end of the period to take the advantage going into the final quarter.
Angela Rodriguez chipped in eight points for the GLO, who hit 13-of-37 from 3-point range but were outrebounded 49-33, including 19-13 on the offensive glass.
Reigning GWBA Player of the Year Rebecca Harris led the Surge with 18 points.
The two teams will play again on Sunday afternoon at 3:05 p.m. in St. Louis.