Eight years ago, the St. Louis Surge began its inaugural season as a member of the Women’s Blue-Chip Basketball League (WBCBL). The team set out to revolutionize sport, to redefine winning as not merely on-court success, but community transformation through education and leadership. Five regional championships, two national championships, a new league, and 99 games later, we are here.
On Saturday, June 8th, the Surge will play its 2019 Home Opener, its first home game as a member of the Global Women’s Basketball Association (GWBA), and celebrate its 100th game. The 0-1 Surge will be pitted against 1-0 Flint Monarchs, who defeated the Music City Icons 82-77 behind 27 points from Arlesia Morse and 24 from Nya Jordan in their season opener. The teams will meet at Washington University’s Field House at 6:05 pm on Saturday; doors open at 5:00 pm.
The Surge look to rebound from a disappointing season opener, in which the team, led by eighth-year forward Jaleesa Butler with 14 points and rookie guard Nakiah Bell, who chipped in 12 points off the bench, fell 66-92 to the Wisconsin GLO. The game was played in Menominee Nation Arena, home of the NBA G League’s Wisconsin Herd, a fitting symbol of the nascent GWBA’s lofty aspirations–to be the WNBA’s equivalent of the developmental G League.
To bounce back for Home Opener, the Surge will receive a welcome infusion of talent. Guard Rebecca Harris, last year’s leading scorer at 24.2 points per game, will return to the starting lineup for her sixth season with the Surge after missing the season opener. Joining Harris as starters will be third-year forward Kristi Bellock and rookie guard Nici Gilday, both of whom missed the season opener as well. The trio of new starters will be joined by Game 1 starters Butler and third-year forward Brittany Carter, who led the team with 4 assists in Game 1 and was second on the team in scoring in 2018 at 16.8 points per game. With two of last season’s three leading scorers in Harris (24.2) and Bellock (15.3) returning after Game 1 absences, the Surge is set for a competitive and thrilling Home Opener.
Beyond the court, the Surge will open 2019 by extending a tradition of family fun. Doors open at 5:00 pm, and the first few hundred fans will receive free Menchies Frozen Yogurt. Available during the game will be face-painting and mobile photo booths. After the game, the Surge will offer the can’t-miss opportunity to meet the players and get autographs. New merchandise will also be available for purchase at the game. Tickets for Home Opener are available for purchase here and at the door, and season ticket holders will be able to retrieve purchases at Will Call in the express lane at the door (become a season ticket holder today here). Directions and parking instructions can be found here.
Come join the Surge at 6:05 pm on Saturday, June 8th at Washington University’s Field House for the 2019 Home Opener and 100th Game Celebration powered by Ameren for an unforgettable on- and off-court experience. Go Surge!