Wisconsin GLO weekly preview – Aug. 10-11

Wisconsin GLO Logo  St. Louis Surge      Music City Icons

The unbeaten and top-seeded Wisconsin GLO welcome the entire league for the season ending Global Women’s Basketball Association playoffs this weekend at Menominee Nation Arena in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

GWBA playoff Schedule (all times central)
Aug. 10

Semifinal #1: No. 2 seed St. Louis Surge vs. No. 3 seed Flint Monarchs, 3 p.m.
Semifinal #2: No. 1 seed Wisconsin GLO vs. No. 4 seed Music City Icons, 7 p.m.
Aug. 11
Final: Semifinal #1 winner vs. semifinal #2 winner, 3 p.m.

GWBA Regular Season Standings
Team                          GWBA            Overall
Wisconsin GLO             6-0                   12-0
Flint Monarchs              3-3                    6-6
St. Louis Surge              3-3                    4-4
Music City Icons            0-6                    0-7
St. Louis earned second seed via tiebreaker (point differential in two head-to-head meetings with Flint)

GWBA playoffs Fan Fest: Enjoy music, food, drinks and more outside Gate A at Menominee Nation Arena. The Fan Fest’s outdoor attractions will include a free petting zoo and inflatables along with basketball hoops, food and refreshments. [Purchase GWBA playoff tickets]

GWBA playoff history: The Flint Monarchs have won each of the league’s previous three playoff championships. The Wisconsin GLO, St. Louis Surge and Music City Icons all joined the GWBA this season.

GWBA championship games
2016: Flint 99, Akron Innovators 52 (Arlesia Morse, MVP)
2017: Flint 83, Milwaukee Aces 68 (Crystal Bradford, MVP)
2018: Flint 96, Chicago Breeze 85 (Crystal Bradford, MVP)

2019 GWBA Players of the Week
Week 1: Arlesia Morse, Flint Monarchs
Week 2: Jolene Anderson, Wisconsin GLO
Week 3: Rebecca Harris, St. Louis Surge
Week 4: Jolene Anderson, Wisconsin GLO
Week 5: Gabbi Ortiz, Wisconsin GLO
Week 6: Brittany Carter, St. Louis Surge
Week 7: Jessica Lindstrom, Wisconsin GLO
Week 8: Rebecca Harris, St. Louis Surge
Week 9: Crystal Bradford, Flint Monarchs

No. 1 seed Wisconsin GLO (12-0, 6-0 GWBA)

Wisconsin GLO Logo

The GLO have won each of the franchise’s first 12 games by an average of 39.4 points on the strength of a balanced offense that has featured five different leading scorers (Jolene Anderson, Mehryn Kraker and Gabbi Ortiz thrice; Taylor Wurtz twice; Allie LeClaire once).

All 15 members of the GLO who have appeared in more than five contests this year have scored at least nine points in a game. Wisconsin’s star-studded roster has combined for 57 double-digit scoring performances overall and eight games in which at least five players have scored 10 points or more.

Nine GLO players are averaging more than nine points per game and 20 different players who have contributed points for Wisconsin this season. Anderson leads the team with 154 points on the year while LeClaire (132), Kraker (118), Wurtz (111), Sam Logic (95), Ortiz (92), Jessica Lindstrom (91), Steph Kostowicz (83) and Julie Wojta (82) have each added more than 80 points. GLO team leaders also include Lindstrom with 105 rebounds, and Logic with 45 assists and 19 steals.

Wisconsin has surpassed 100 points during five of its last seven games, including a team-record 128 points against Music City on June 22. In eight home games, the GLO are scoring 101.4 points per game and winning by an average margin of 46.1 points per contest.

The GLO have faced just one fourth-quarter deficit on the way to their undefeated regular season. Flint held a 52-49 advantage on the GLO’s home court entering the final period May 11 before Wisconsin outscored the Monarchs, 30-8, over the last 10 minutes.

The Wisconsin defense, which held its first nine opponents to 70 points or fewer, has given up 10 points or less in a quarter 11 times. The GLO owned a 31-0 lead in the second quarter against the Chicago Breeze on June 8 and a 34-5 advantage after one period against Music City on June 22.

2019 regular season results
May 10: GLO 88, Flint Monarchs 58 at Menominee Nation Arena [Box score] [Recap]
May 11: GLO 79, Flint Monarchs 60 at Menominee Nation Arena [Box score] [Recap]
May 18: GLO 92, St. Louis Surge 66 at Menominee Nation Arena [Box score] [Recap]
June 1: GLO 88, Music City Icons 45 in Nashville, Tennessee [Box score] [Recap]
June 8: GLO 97, Chicago Breeze 26 at Menominee Nation Arena [Box score] [Recap]
June 15: GLO 107, St. Louis Surge 70 in St. Louis, Missouri [Box score] [Recap]
June 16: GLO 107, Indy Bandits 44 at Menominee Nation Arena [Box score] [Recap]
June 22: GLO 128, Music City Icons 56 at Menominee Nation Arena [Box score] [Recap]
June 23: GLO 121, Chicago Breeze 53 at Menominee Nation Arena [Box score] [Recap]
June 30: GLO 88, St. Louis Surge 74 in St. Louis, Missouri [Box score] [Recap]
July 13: GLO 99, Flint Monarchs 79 at Menominee Nation Arena [Box score] [Recap]
July 28: GLO 101, Flint Monarchs 91 in Flint, Michigan [Box score] [Recap]

GLO/opponent team season statistics (per game)
Scoring: 99.6 | 60.2
Rebounds: 48.7 | 35.5
Assists: 22.7 | 7.7
Blocks: 3.4 | 1.8
Steals: 11.4 | 9.7
Turnovers: 15.4 | 18.8

Roster (season per game averages)
#2 Mehryn Kraker (Green Bay), 6-0 forward
13.1 pts, 3.2 reb, 2.6 ast, 1.4 stl
#3 Jolene Anderson (Wisconsin), 5-9 guard
15.4 pts, 5.2 reb, 2.2 ast, 1.2 stl
#4 Kelly Moten (Emporia St.), 5-9 guard
5.0 pts, 2.2 reb, 2.0 ast, 1.4 stl
#7 Taylor Wurtz (Wisconsin), 6-0 guard
15.9 pts, 4.1 reb, 2.9 ast, 1.6 stl
#9 Gabbi Ortiz (Oklahoma), 5-8 guard
13.1 pts, 4.1 reb, 3.0 ast, 0.4 stl
#10 Julie Wojta (Green Bay), 6-0 guard
10.3 pts, 4.3 reb, 2.9 ast, 1.9 stl
#20 Gaby Bronson (UW-Parkside), 6-0 forward
4.3 pts, 1.7 reb, 1.0 ast, 0.5 stl
#21 Jessica Lindstrom (Green Bay), 6-1 forward
9.1 pts, 10.5 reb, 2.0 ast, 0.8 stl
#22 Sam Logic (Iowa), 5-9 guard
10.6 pts, 4.1 reb, 5.0 ast, 2.1 stl
#23 Angela Rodriguez (UW-Milwaukee), 5-8 guard
5.7 pts, 2.0 reb, 1.6 ast, 1.1 stl
#24 Allie LeClaire (Green Bay), 5-10 guard
11.0 pts, 3.2 reb, 2.1 ast, 0.8 stl
#32 Steph Kostowicz (UW-Milwaukee), 6-2 forward
10.4 pts, 3.5 reb, 1.1 ast, 0.9 stl
#34 Merissa Quick (Emporia St.), 6-3 center
3.0 pts, 2.1 reb, 0.3 ast, 0.0 stl

GLO individual season statistical leaders (per game)
Scoring: Wurtz 15.9; Anderson 15.4; Kraker & Ortiz 13.1; LeClaire 11.0
Rebounds: Lindstrom 10.5; McCarville 5.5; Anderson 5.2; Wojta 4.3; three tied at 4.1
Assists: Logic 5.0; Ortiz 3.0; Wojta & Wurtz 2.9; Kraker 2.6
Blocks: Cohen 1.3; Wurtz 0.7; Anderson & Lindstrom 0.5; Kraker 0.4
Steals: McCarville 2.5; Logic 2.1; Wojta 1.9; Wurtz 1.6; two tied at 1.4

GLO 20+ Point Performances
25 Jolene Anderson at St. Louis Surge (6/15/19)
24 Taylor Wurtz at Music City Icons (6/1/19)
22 Jolene Anderson at Flint Monarchs (7/28/19)
22 Mehryn Kraker vs. Indy Bandits (6/16/19)
22 Mehryn Kraker vs. Chicago Breeze (6/23/19)
22 Allie LeClaire vs. Chicago Breeze (6/8/19)
22 Gabbi Ortiz vs. Flint Monarchs (5/11/19)
20 Jolene Anderson at Music City Icons (6/1/19)
20 Steph Kostowicz at Flint Monarchs (7/28/19)
20 Allie LeClaire vs. Flint Monarchs (5/11/19)

GLO 10+ Rebound Performances
18 Jessica Lindstrom vs. Flint Monarchs (7/13/19)
15 Jessica Lindstrom vs. St. Louis Surge (5/18/19)
14 Jessica Lindstrom vs. Music City Icons (6/23/19)
13 Jessica Lindstrom vs. Chicago Breeze (6/8/19)
13 Jessica Lindstrom at St. Louis Surge (6/30/19)
12 Steph Kostowicz vs. Flint Monarchs (5/10/19)
11 Jolene Anderson at St. Louis Surge (6/30/19)
11 Allie LeClaire vs. Flint Monarchs (5/11/19)
11 Jessica Lindstrom vs. Chicago Breeze (6/23/19)
10 Jolene Anderson at Music City Icons (6/1/19)

GLO 7+ Assist Performances
9 Sam Logic vs. Flint Monarchs (5/11/19)
7 Sam Logic vs. Indy Bandits (6/16/19)
7 Sam Logic vs. Music City Icons (6/22/19)
7 Sam Logic vs. Flint Monarchs (7/13/19)

GLO Double-Double Club
Jolene Anderson: 20 points & 10 rebounds at Music City Icons (6/1/19)
Jolene Anderson: 13 points & 11 rebounds at St. Louis Surge (6/30/19)
Steph Kostowicz: 13 points & 12 rebounds vs. Flint Monarchs (5/10/19)
Allie LeClaire: 20 points & 11 rebounds vs. Flint Monarchs (5/11/19)
Jessica Lindstrom: 15 points & 13 rebounds vs. Chicago Breeze (6/8/19)
Jessica Lindstrom: 18 points & 11 rebounds vs. Chicago Breeze (6/23/19)
Jessica Lindstrom: 14 points & 18 rebounds vs. Flint Monarchs (7/13/19)

Website: https://wiscoglo.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/WisconsinGLO
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WisconsinGLO
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wisconsinglo/

No. 2 seed St. Louis Surge (4-4, 3-3 GWBA)

St. Louis Surge

The Surge joined the GWBA after a highly successful run in the Women’s Blue Chip Basketball League (now Women’s Basketball Development Association). St. Louis reached the WBCBL championship game five consecutive seasons, winning titles in 2014 and 2016 and finishing as the runner-up in 2015, 2017 and 2018. This year the Surge are scoring 86.8 points per game and yielding 85.4 per contest.

2019 regular season results
May 18: Wisconsin GLO 92, Surge 66 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin
June 8: Surge 105, Flint Monarchs 89 in St. Louis, Missouri
June 15: Wisconsin GLO 107, Surge 70 in St. Louis, Missouri
June 29: Surge 104, Music City Icons 77 in St. Louis, Missouri
June 30: Wisconsin GLO 88, Surge 74 in St. Louis, Missouri
July 13: Surge 102, Chicago Breeze 72 in St. Louis, Missouri
July 27: Surge 94, Music City Icons 64 in Nashville, Tennessee
Aug. 3: Flint Monarchs 94, Surge 79 in Flint, Michigan

Key players (season per game averages)
#00 Kelsey McClure (Arkansas Tech), 5-9 guard
6.5 pts, 2.7 reb, 1.5 ast, 1.2 stl, 42.9% FG, 40% 3PT, 77.8% FT
#5 Nakiah Bell (SIU Edwardsville), 5-4 guard
7.5 pts, 0.5 reb, 1.5 ast, 0.3 stl, 40% FG, 43.3% 3PT
#8 Mikala McGhee (Florida Gulf Coast), 5-11 forward
6.7 pts, 4.0 reb, 1.9 ast, 1.1 stl, 33.3% FG, 30.4% 3PT, 62.5% FT
#12 Nici Gilday
(Santa Clara), 5-9 guard
15.0 pts, 3.2 reb, 4.3 ast, 1.7 stl, 42.2% FG, 37.5% 3PT, 86.7% FT
#13 Rebecca Harris
(Illinois), 5-9 guard
18.0 pts, 5.0 reb, 6.7 ast, 0.8 stl, 47% FG, 48.7% 3 PT, 70.6% FT
#15 Kristi Bellock
(Texas A&M), 6-1 forward
12.3 pts, 6.3 reb, 1.0 ast, 1.0 stl, 57.9% FG, 0% 3PT, 72.7% FT
#30 Jaleesa Butler
(Georgetown), 6-1 forward
9.3 pts, 3.6 reb, 1.1 ast, 1.1 stl, 43.3% FG, 31.3% 3T, 50% FT

Website: https://www.stlsurgebasketball.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/stlsurge
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/stlsurgebasketball/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/stlsurge/

No. 3 seed Flint Monarchs (6-6, 3-3 GWBA)

The Monarchs have ruled the GWBA the past three years, claiming each of the league’s playoff championships. Prior to helping form the GWBA, Flint won two straight titles in the Women’s American Basketball Association in 2014 and 2015. This season the Monarchs are scoring 84.1 points per game and allowing 80.0 per contest.

2019 regular season results
May 10: Wisconsin GLO 88, Monarchs 58 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin
May 11: Wisconsin GLO 79, Monarchs 60 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin
May 18: Monarchs 82, Music City Icons 77 in Nashville, Tennessee
May 30: Monarchs 102, MCC Toronto 60 in Toulouse, France
May 31: Monarchs 88, Toulouse Metropole 63 in Toulouse, France
June 1: Monarchs 103, Sheffield Lady Bulldogs 71 in Toulouse, France
June 2: RheinStars Loewen 72, Monarchs 69 in Toulouse, France
June 8: St. Louis Surge 105, Monarchs 89 in St. Louis, Missouri
June 15: Monarchs 94, Music City Icons 61 in Flint, Michigan
July 13: Wisconsin GLO 99, Monarchs 79 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin
July 28: Wisconsin GLO 101, Monarchs 91 in Flint, Michigan
Aug. 3: Monarchs 94, St. Louis Surge 79 in Flint, Michigan

Key players (stats from GWBA games only)
#1 Jasmine Thomas (Michigan St.), 5-9 guard
9.6 pts, 3.2 reb, 1.6 ast, 47% FG, 30% 3PT, 90% FT
#4 Arlesia Morse (Marquette), 5-10 guard
17.2 pts, 5.8 reb, 0.8 ast, 51% FG, 42% 3PT, 89% FT
#5 Nya Jordan (Michigan), 6-1 forward
10.3 pts, 4.2 reb, 2.0 ast, 45% FG, 33% 3PT, 94% FT
#12 Sparkle Taylor (Texas El Paso), 5-10 guard
19.5 pts, 4.5 reb, 0.8 ast, 67% FG, 0% 3PT, 89% FT
#23 Crystal Bradford (Central Michigan), 6-2 forward
17.0 pts, 7.5 reb, 3.3 ast, 58% FG, 35% 3PT, 82% FT
#24 Shareta Brown (Wayne St.), 6-0 forward
7.3 pts, 4.7 reb, 1.0 ast, 60% FG, 0% 3PT, 83% FT
#33 Brandie Baker (Central Michigan), 6-2 forward
11.8 pts, 5.4 reb, 0.6 ast, 53% FG, 32% 3PT, 88% FT

Website: http://www.flintmonarchs.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Flintmonarchs
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/flintmonarchs10/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/flintmonarchs/

No. 4 seed Music City Icons (0-7, 0-6 GWBA)

Music City Icons

Music City is embarking on its first season in the GWBA after being founded in 2017. The Icons, who played in the WBCBL Atlantic Regional championship game a year ago, are averaging 63.6 points per game this year while allowing 95.0 per contest.

2019 regular season results
May 18: Flint Monarchs 82, Icons 77 in Nashville, Tennessee
June 1: Wisconsin GLO 88, Icons 45 in Nashville, Tennessee
June 8: Indianapolis Bandits 75, Icons 65 in Nashville, Tennessee
June 15: Flint Monarchs 94, Icons 61 in Flint, Michigan
June 22: Wisconsin GLO 128, Icons 56 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin
June 29: St. Louis Surge 104, Icons 77 in St. Louis, Missouri
July 27: St. Louis Surge 94, Icons 64 in Nashville, Tennessee

Key players
#8 Calisha Clark (Coastal Carolina), 5-11 guard
Had 22 pts vs. Wisconsin GLO on June 22
#10 Lauren Elliott (Tennessee St.), 5-6 guard
Averaged 14 pts in two games vs. Wisconsin GLO
#12 Brea Edwards (Middle Tennessee St.), 5-10 guard
Had team-high 14 pts and 12 reb vs. Wisconsin GLO on June 1
#15 Mariah Harmon (West Virginia St.), 5-9 guard
Scored 9 pts vs. Wisconsin GLO on June 22
#20 Brianna Lawrence (Tennessee St.), 5-7 guard
Went for 13 pts off the bench vs. Wisconsin GLO on June 1

Website: https://www.musiccityicons.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ReneeBobb
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MusicCityIcons/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/musiccityicons/

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