Wisconsin GLO weekly preview – July 28

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The Wisconsin GLO, the outright regular season champions of the Global Women’s Basketball Association, wrap up the regular season at the Flint Monarchs on Sunday, July 28. The regular season finale precedes the GWBA playoffs that will be hosted by the GLO on Aug. 10-11 at Menominee Nation Arena in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

Up next: Wisconsin GLO (11-0, 5-0 GWBA) vs. Flint Monarchs (5-5, 2-2). Opening tip at 2 p.m. (EDT) Sunday at Dort Federal CU Event Center in Flint, Mich.

The GLO then welcome the entire league to Menominee Nation Arena for the GWBA playoffs Aug. 10-11. The GWBA playoffs begin with a semifinals at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Aug. 10 ahead of the league title game at 3 p.m. Aug. 11. [Purchase GWBA playoff tickets]

Last meetings: The GLO have won each of their previous three meetings with the Monarchs this season, downing Flint by scores of 88-58 on May 10, 79-60 on May 11 and 99-79 on July 13. Unlike the July 13 meeting and the upcoming July 28 contest, the first two games between the teams did not count toward the GWBA standings.

Wisconsin won its franchise debut in impressive fashion, holding Flint to just 27 points in the second half and concluding the contest with 24 assists on 33 made field goals. The Monarchs shot 25.7 percent from the floor and trailed by double digits for the last 29 minutes of the game. Gabbi Ortiz paced a balanced GLO offense with 18 points and six assists while Steph Kostowicz added 13 points and 12 rebounds. Wisconsin also received 12 points from Allie LeClaire, 11 from Sam Logic and 10 from Mehryn Kraker. Flint’s Arlesia Morse had a game-high 21 points and 11 rebounds.

The GLO faced a sterner test in the rematch the following night as Flint owned a three-point lead entering the final quarter until Wisconsin reclaimed the lead for good with a 10-0 run to open the fourth period and outscored the Monarchs, 30-8, over the last 10 minutes. Wisconsin pulled away for the victory by shooting 7-for-10 from 3-point range in the fourth quarter. The GLO’s Gabbi Ortiz, who went 6 of 9 from beyond the arc, led all players with 22 points while Allie LeClaire contributed 20 points and a team-high 11 rebounds. Arlesia Morse led the Monarchs with 15 points.

In the most recent matchup between the teams, the GLO clinched the outright regular season GWBA championship with a 99-79 home victory over Flint. Wisconsin finished the second quarter with a 15-0 run for a 60-40 lead at intermission. The GLO went on to maintain a lead of at least 11 points for the final 21 minutes en route to securing the GWBA title. Jolene Anderson paced seven double-digit GLO scorers with a game-high 19 points. Wisconsin’s Jessica Lindstrom won GWBA Player of the Week honors after recording 14 points and a franchise-record 18 rebounds. Rounding out the GLO’s double-digit scorers were Steph Kostowicz and Mehryn Kraker with 12 apiece, Allie LeClaire with 11, and Sam Logic and Julie Wojta both with 10. Flint’s Crystal Bradford had a team-high 16 points off the bench.

Wisconsin has combined to shoot 46.3 percent from the field in its three wins over Flint while holding the Monarchs to a .323 field goal percentage in their trio of meetings. Flint has gone just 13-for-75 (17.3 percent) from beyond the arc against the GLO, who have produced a 67-27 advantage in assists during their three matchups with Flint.

Wisconsin GLO 2019 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]

Global Women’s Basketball Association Standings
Team                          GWBA            Overall

Wisconsin GLO             5-0                   11-0
Flint Monarchs              2-2                   5-5
St. Louis Surge              2-2                   3-3
Music City Icons            0-5                   0-6

GLO-rious debut season: No team has come close to defeating Wisconsin during its dominant 11-0 start to the franchise’s first season. Just two GLO opponents have lost by fewer than 20 points (14-point margin June 30, 19-point difference May 11) over the first 11 games as Wisconsin is winning by an average of 42.1 points on the year. The GLO, who have won games by margins of 72, 71, 68 and 63 points this season, have faced one fourth-quarter deficit but went on to win that game by 19 points over the Flint Monarchs.

High-scoring GLO: Wisconsin scored 100+ points in four consecutive games from June 15-23. The GLO are averaging 99.5 points per contest on the year, including back-to-back 107-point efforts June 15-16, a franchise record 128-point performance June 22 and their fourth straight 100+ scoring effort with 121 points June 23.

The GLO’s rotating roster of stars has featured 16 players who have appeared in at least three games. Fifteen of those 16 players have recorded at least nine points in game this season. Mehryn Kraker (thrice), Gabbi Ortiz (thrice), Jolene Anderson (twice), Taylor Wurtz (twice) and Allie LeClaire (once) have all been the GLO’s leading scorer this year.

Sharing the scoring spotlight has been a season-long theme for the GLO. Wisconsin has produced seven double-digit scorers on two occasions this year, six in double figures twice and five double-digit scorers three times. Despite compiling consistently high team scoring totals throughout the season, Anderson’s relatively modest 25-point performance June 15 is the team’s current game record.

GLO get defensive: The stingy GLO defense has not allowed an opponent to shoot better than 38.6 percent from the field and has held five teams under 30 percent. Just two of Wisconsin’s opponents have managed to score more than 70 points in a game this season.

Wisconsin’s defensive efforts fueled a 31-0 lead in the second quarter against the Chicago Breeze on June 8 and a 69-22 halftime advantage over the Breeze on June 23. The GLO have surrendered 10 points or fewer in a quarter 11 times this season, including zero in the first period against the Breeze on June 8, three in the fourth quarter against the Indianapolis Bandits on June 16, and five in the first period against the Music City Icons on June 22.

Nine members of the GLO have registered at least the steals in a game this year. Sam Logic, who paces Wisconsin with 19 steals, has compiled four three-steal performances in seven games played on the year while Mehryn Kraker and Julie Wojta share the team game record with five steals.

Scouting the Monarchs: Flint’s 2-2 start to its GWBA schedule has included wins of 82-77 and 94-61 over the winless Music City Icons and a 105-89 loss at the St. Louis Surge. Sunday’s game against the GLO will the just the third at home for Flint this season.

Besides the two season-opening losses to the GLO, the Monarch’s preseason results included a 3-1 record and a runner-up showing at the Mediterranean Cup of Champions in early June in France. Flint fell, 76-71, to MSP R.B. Lowen (Germany) in the Mediterranean Cup of Champions title game.

The Monarchs have won each of the past three GWBA playoff championships. Flint claimed its previous three league title games by scores of 99-52 over the Akron Innovators in 2016, 83-68 over the Milwaukee Aces in 2017 and 96-85 over the Chicago Breeze last season. The Monarchs also won the 2014 and 2015 championships in their former league – the Women’s American Basketball Association.

In league play this year, Sparkle Taylor and Arlesia Morse lead Flint at 24 and 16.3 points per game, respectively. Crystal Bradford is averaging 15.5 points in league games while Nya Jordan is adding 13.3, Brandie Baker 12.7, and Shareta Brown 11.0.

Morse, the 2016 GWBA Finals Most Valuable Player, has returned to the floor after suffering an injury at the Mediterranean Cup of Champions last month. An All-Big East performer at Marquette, Morse ranks 10th in Golden Eagles history with 1,577 points and lists among the program’s top 10 in made 3-pointers and free throws as well as free throw and 3-point percentages. Morse’s .925 free throw percentage in 2015, which includes a 17-for-17 effort against Georgetown, remains the Marquette season record.

Bradford, the 2017 and 2018 GWBA Finals MVP, and Baker both starred at Central Michigan before getting the WNBA’s attention. Bradford was chosen seventh overall by the Los Angeles Sparks in 2015. Baker was invited to training camp by the Connecticut Sun in 2016.

Bradford, a four-time All-MAC selection, was the conference’s Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year in 2014 and ranks second in Central Michigan history with 2,006 points, 1,140 rebounds and 171 blocks while holding the school career record with 805 made field goals. Baker, the 2009 MAC Freshman of the Year, capped her collegiate career with 1,281 points.

Taylor poured in 1,352 points and was named All-CUSA during her career at UTEP, while Brown was the 2015 NCAA Division II Player of the Year at Wayne State and Jordan picked up an All-Big Ten award at Michigan.

GLO/opponent team season statistics (per game)
Scoring: 99.5 | 57.4
Rebounds: 51.8 | 36.1
Assists: 24.6 | 7.9
Blocks: 3.6 | 1.7
Steals: 12.5 | 9.5
Turnovers: 16.8 | 20.6

GLO individual season statistical leaders (per game)
Scoring: Wurtz 15.9; Anderson 14.7; Ortiz 13.1; Kraker 12.6; LeClaire 11.3
Rebounds: Lindstrom 11.2; McCarville 5.5; Anderson 5.4; Logic 4.5; Wojta 4.4
Assists: Logic 5.6; Wojta 3.1; Ortiz 3.0; Kraker & Wurtz 2.9
Blocks: Cohen 1.3; Wurtz 0.7; Anderson 0.6; Kraker 0.5; Lindstrom 0.4
Steals: McCarville 2.5; Logic 2.4; Wojta 2.1; Kraker, Moten & Wurtz 1.6

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 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 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)

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