Wisconsin GLO weekly preview – June 15-16

Wisconsin GLO Logo vs. St. Louis Surge  

The unbeaten Wisconsin GLO will face their sternest test of the season when they travel to play the St. Louis Surge with first place in the Global Women’s Basketball Association on the line Saturday, June 15. The GLO then turn around to host the Indianapolis Bandits for a non-league contest Sunday, June 16.

Up next: Wisconsin GLO (5-0, 2-0 GWBA) at St. Louis Surge (1-1, 1-1). Opening tip at 4:35 p.m. Saturday at the Washington University Fieldhouse in St. Louis, Missouri.

Wisconsin GLO vs. Indianapolis Bandits (1-1). Opening tip at 3 p.m. Sunday at Menominee Nation Arena in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

June 16 Father’s Day GLO promotions: Dads admitted free with purchase of another ticket; can koozie fan giveaway; concessions specials on “Papa” burgers and 12-ounce cans of beer. [Purchase Tickets]

Last meeting: The GLO defeated the Surge, 92-66, in the GWBA opener May 18 in Oshkosh. Wisconsin led the entire way, including by as many as 28 points on several occasions during the fourth quarter, as the GLO outshot the Surge, 46.6 to 31 percent, from the field during the first GWBA game for both franchises.

Gabbi Ortiz’s game-high 17 points headlined five GLO double-digit scorers. Sam Logic added 16 points while Kelly Moten had 14, Jolene Anderson 11 and Steph Kostowicz 10. Reserves Jaleesa Butler and Nakiah Bell paced the Surge with 14 and 12 points, respectively.

The GLO and the Bandits will be meeting for the first time Sunday.

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]

Global Women’s Basketball Association Standings
Team                          GWBA            Overall

Wisconsin GLO             2-0                   5-0
Flint Monarchs              1-1                   4-4
St. Louis Surge              1-1                   1-1
Music City Icons            0-2                   0-3

June 8 GLO highlights: The GLO owned a 29-0 lead after one quarter and scored the first 31 points of the game en route to their 97-26 non-league victory at home over the Chicago Breeze.

All 12 GLO players in uniform scored as Allie LeClaire had a game-best 22 points on 9-for-11 shooting from the floor. Jessica Lindstrom notched a double-double with 15 points and 13 rebounds. Taylor Wurtz added 15 points of her own while Kelly Moten and Julie Wojta added nine apiece. Wojta and Janel McCarville were making their GLO debuts. McCarville registered three points, six rebounds, four assists and two steals in 12 minutes of action.

Defense still dominant: The GLO, who are ceding just 51 points per game, have not allowed an opponent shoot better than 32 percent from the field in any the franchise’s first five games. Fueled by the defensive effort, Wisconsin is winning by an average of nearly 38 points per game on the year.

Sharing the spotlight: The GLO’s rotating star-studded roster has featured 13 players who have scored at least nine points in a game this season and a different leading scorer each of the last three contests. All 19 players who have suited up for the GLO this season have scored. However, Laura Johnson and Allie LeClaire are the lone members of the GLO to score during each of the team’s five games this season.

Scouting the Surge: St. Louis is back to full strength after falling to Wisconsin with a depleted travel roster during the GWBA opener May 18 in Oshkosh. The Surge rebounded last weekend in their home opener, evening their record with a 105-89 win over the three-time defending GWBA champion Flint Monarchs. Rebecca Harris poured in 35 points for St. Louis while Brittany Carter had 19, Nici Gilday 17 and Kristi Bellock 14. Harris, Gilday and Bellock did not play for the Surge in their season-opening loss to the GLO.

Harris averaged a team-leading 24.2 points for St. Louis last season. She played collegiately at Illinois and professionally in Europe.

Carter, who was held to nine points on 2-for-15 shooting from the floor against the GLO on May 18, played three seasons at Ball State before wrapping up her college career at Illinois.

Gilday, an All-WCC performer at Santa Clara, has prior professional experience in Australia, Europe and Puerto Rico.

Bellock is a Texas A&M alumna who played pro ball in Europe.

The Surge roster also includes Jaleesa Butler from Georgetown and Nakiah Bell from SIU Edwardsville, who led the team with 14 and 12 points, respectively, off the bench in their earlier loss to the GLO. Butler’s pro career has taken her to five continents.

Like the GLO, St. Louis is an expansion franchise in the GWBA this season. The Surge won two national championships in their former league – the 32-team Women’s Blue Chip Basketball League – claiming titles in 2014 and 2016, while finishing as the runners-up in 2012, 2015, 2017 and 2018. The Surge, who played their first full season in 2012, compiled an 87-15 record over the previous seven seasons with six appearances in the WBCBL championship game.

Scouting the Bandits: Indianapolis improved its record to 1-1 following a 75-65 win at the Music City Icons (0-3, 0-3 GWBA) on Saturday in Nashville, Tennessee. Coco Moore from SIU Edwardsville led the Bandits with 18 points while Sharika Webb from Purdue added 16.

Amber Harris, who chipped in 11 points during the Bandits’ victory over Music City, headlines the Indianapolis roster. Harris, a two-time All-American at Xavier, was the fourth overall pick in the 2011 WNBA Draft and helped the Minnesota Lynx win league championships in 2011 and 2013. A five-year WNBA veteran, Harris and the Wisconsin GLO’s Janel McCarville, a nine-year WNBA vet, were teammates with the champion Lynx in 2013.

Indianapolis’ Porchia Green, who had five points and six rebounds against Music City, played at Ball State before embarking on a professional career in Europe.

The Bandits, who play in the Independent Professional Women’s Basketball League, suffered a 46-36 season-opening setback to fellow IPWBL member Chicago Breeze on June 1. Their season opener was conducted with a running clock as part of the stipulations of playing at Wintrust Arena before the WNBA’s Chicago Sky game later that evening.

GLO/opponent team season statistics (per game)
Scoring: 88.8 | 51.0
Rebounds: 48.8 | 41.4
Assists: 19.4 | 6.8
Blocks: 2.8 | 2.0
Steals: 11.2 | 9.6
Turnovers: 15.6 | 19.6

GLO individual season statistical leaders (per game)
Scoring: Wurtz 19.5; Ortiz 15.5; LeClaire 13.8; Anderson 11.7; Logic 10.7
Rebounds: Lindstrom 12.0; Anderson 5.7; Ortiz 5.0; LeClaire 4.6; Kostowicz 4.5
Assists: Logic 6.0; Ortiz 3.0; Kostowicz & Kraker 2.3; three tied with 2.0
Blocks: Wurtz 1.5; Kraker & Lindstrom 0.7; Johnson 0.4; three tied with 0.3
Steals: Wojta 5.0; Anderson 2.7; Logic 2.3; Moten 1.7; Rodriguez 1.3

GLO 20+ Point Performances
24 Taylor Wurtz at Music City Icons (6/1/19)
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
15 Jessica Lindstrom vs. St. Louis Surge (5/18/19)
13 Jessica Lindstrom vs. Chicago Breeze (6/8/19)
12 Steph Kostowicz vs. Flint Monarchs (5/10/19)
11 Allie LeClaire vs. Flint Monarchs (5/11/19)
10 Jolene Anderson at Music City Icons (6/1/19)

GLO 8+ Assist Performances
9 Sam Logic vs. Flint Monarchs (5/11/19)

GLO Double-Double Club
Jolene Anderson: 20 points & 10 rebounds at Music City Icons (6/1/19)
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)

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