The Wisconsin GLO professional women's basketball team capped off a perfect season with an 80-78 win over the Flint Monarchs in the GWBA championship game at Menominee Nation Arena in Oshkosh on Sunday, Aug. 11.
The GLO finished its inaugural season in the GWBA with a 14-0 record, which ended with a win over over the three-time defending league champion Monarchs.
Leading the way in the title game was Superior’s Jessica Lindstrom, who was named the finals MVP as she finished with 11 points, 15 rebounds and three steals in the title game.
Lindstrom, who recently signed a contract to play with the Kangoeroes Basket Mechelen in Belgium, also scored seven points in limited action in the GLO’s 106-48 rout over the Music City Icons during Saturday’s semifinals.
Taylor Wurtz paced five GLO double-digit scorers with a game-high 19 points Saturday. She scored 11 points during the second period, finished the night 6-for-8 from the field, including 4-for-4 from 3-point range, in just 17 minutes.
Steph Kostowicz added 12 points in 19 minutes off the GLO bench while Port Wing native Jolene Anderson and Angela Rodriguez both had 11 points, Mehryn Kraker chipped in 10, and Lindstrom and Sam Logic had seven points apiece.
Wisconsin’s Julie Wojta contributed six points and a game-best seven rebounds as no member of the GLO played more than 27 minutes.
Sunday’s title game came down to the second half as the Glo led 41-40 at halftime. After the teams were tied at 56 with under two minutes remaining in the third quarter, the Glo went on a 7-2 run to close out the period.
Wurtz scored five of Wisconsin’s seven points during the run, including a 3-pointer.
Wisconsin got out to a 70-60 lead early in the fourth quarter, but the Monarchs narrowed the gap to a point as the Glo led 76-75 with under a minute remaining. Wurtz made the following basket as she hit a 3-pointer to get the Glo ahead by four points with 28.6 seconds left.
The Monarchs answered with a 3-pointer before the Glo made a free throw and Wurtz stole the ball to seal the game.
Wurtz led the Glo with 18 points, while Sam Logic had eight points, eight boards and a team-record 11 assists.
NOTES: Flint had won all three playoff championships in GWBA history. The Monarchs won their previous league titles 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 a year ago.