Following a three-week span between home games, the undefeated Wisconsin GLO return to Menominee Nation Arena to host the Chicago Breeze on Saturday, June 8.
Up next: Wisconsin GLO (4-0) vs. Chicago Breeze (1-0). Opening tip is at 7 p.m. in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
June 8 GLO promotions: Bobblehead giveaway; concessions specials on Chicago-style hot dogs. [Purchase tickets]
Star introductions: The June 8 contest will mark the GLO debuts for Wisconsin natives Janel McCarville and Julie Wojta.
McCarville, the first overall pick in the 2005 WNBA Draft and 2013 WNBA champion, was a state high school player of the year and a two-time All-American at Minnesota before embarking on a 13-year professional career that included nine seasons in the WNBA.
Wojta was selected in the second round of the 2012 WNBA Draft after an All-American career at UW-Green Bay. Wojta helped lead the Phoenix to a 129-13 record and four NCAA postseason appearances, including a trip to the Sweet 16 in 2011.
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]
Global Women’s Basketball Association Standings
Team GWBA Overall
Wisconsin GLO 2-0 4-0
Flint Monarchs 1-0 4-3
St. Louis Surge 0-1 0-1
Music City Icons 0-2 0-2
June 1 highlights: Taylor Wurtz led all players with 24 points and Jolene Anderson had a double-double as the GLO built leads of 45-22 at halftime and 71-30 after three quarters in the franchise’s first road game.
Wurtz scored all but two of her points after the first quarter in her GLO debut while Anderson, who went on to be voted GWBA Player of the Week, added 20 points and 10 rebounds during her second game with the team. Merissa Quick contributed a season-high 16 points and five boards in a reserve role.
Wisconsin had 11 total scorers, including Allie LeClaire with eight points, Lauren Johnson with six and Gabbi Ortiz with five. Jessica Lindstrom and Johnson grabbed eight and seven rebounds, respectively.
Defense fueling comfortable wins: The GLO have won the first four games in franchise history by an average of 29.5 points. Their high-scoring offense, averaging nearly 87 points per game behind a star-studded roster, gets deserved headlines. But it is the GLO’s remarkable defensive efforts that have led to their four lopsided wins. Before limiting Music City to just 45 points last Saturday, the GLO held their first three opponents to a combined .299 field goal percentage.
Those three season-opening routs included a pair of wins over the three-time reigning GWBA champion Flint Monarchs and a victory against the St. Louis Surge, who had won two national championships in their former home – 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.
Scouting the Breeze: Chicago won its 2019 season opener, 46-36, over the Indianapolis Bandits last Saturday. The game featured a running clock due to playing stipulations at Wintrust Arena, the home of the WNBA’s Chicago Sky. Bryeasha Blair had a game-high 16 points for the Breeze.
Blair is a former All-MEAC guard at South Carolina State who recently completed her first pro season in Iceland. Other standouts on the 2019 Breeze roster include former Illinois star and WNBA player Angelina Williams, All-GLVC performer Shante Glenn from Lewis, Croatian League Import Player of the Year Mariah Smelser, Nigerian national team member Helen Ogunjimi and Akyah Taylor, who bookended her collegiate career at Michigan State.
Last season the Breeze were the runners-up to the Flint Monarchs in the GWBA championship game. This year Chicago will compete in the Independent Professional Women’s Basketball League.
GLO team season statistics (per game)
GLO individual season statistical leaders (per game)
Scoring: Wurtz 24.0; Anderson & Ortiz 15.5; LeClaire 11.8; Logic 10.7
Rebounds: Lindstrom 11.5; Anderson 6.5; Kostowicz 5.7; Ortiz & LeClaire 5.0
Assists: Logic 6.0; Ortiz 3.0; Kostowicz 2.7; Kraker 2.3; Anderson 2.0
Blocks: Wurtz 2.0; Lindstrom 1.0; Kraker 0.7; Anderson, Johnson & Moten 0.5
Steals: Logic 2.3; Anderson 2.0; Moten 1.5; Kostowicz 1.3; four tied with 1.0
GLO opponent team season statistics (per game)
GLO 20+ Point Performances
24 Taylor Wurtz at Music City (6/1/19)
22 Gabbi Ortiz vs. Flint (5/11/19)
20 Jolene Anderson at Music City (6/1/19)
20 Allie LeClaire vs. Flint (5/11/19)
GLO 10+ Rebound Performances
15 Jessica Lindstrom vs. St. Louis (5/18/19)
12 Steph Kostowicz vs. Flint (5/10/19)
11 Allie LeClaire vs. Flint (5/11/19)
10 Jolene Anderson at Music City (6/1/19)
GLO 8+ Assist Performances
9 Sam Logic vs. Flint (5/11/19)
GLO Double-Double Club
Steph Kostowicz: 13 points & 12 rebounds vs. Flint (5/10/19)
Allie LeClaire: 20 points & 11 rebounds vs. Flint (5/11/19)
Jolene Anderson: 20 points & 10 rebounds at Music City (6/1/19)
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