The St. Louis Surge have met the Wisconsin GLO three times this year. On Sunday afternoon, 24 hours after handling the Music City Icons with relative ease, the Surge again fell to the GLO 88-74.
The GLO started the game with purpose, opening the afternoon’s scoring with a made 3. The Surge countered with four consecutive points to take a brief lead, but the GLO punched back, scoring the game’s next eight points and forcing Surge Head coach Duez Henderson to call a timeout with 5:30 remaining in the first quarter. The timeout failed to energize the Surge, though, as the GLO burst out to rack up 10 more unanswered points, their lead swelling to 17 behind an 18-0 run, forcing Coach Henderson into yet another timeout. The second timeout worked wonders, though, as the Surge came out strong and finished the quarter on a 6-0 run, leaving the score at 21-10 GLO at quarter’s end.
After a cold first quarter, in which they shot 1-for-8 from 3, the GLO were due for some better luck in the second frame. In the quarter’s first 3 minutes and 50 seconds, the GLO made two of five 3-point attempts, growing their lead to 31-17. As the quarter progressed, the Surge made some headway, but still found themselves behind 41-29 at the break. Wisconsin was led by nine points from Taylor Wurtz, while Kristi Bellock led the Surge with six.
Halftime appeared to be just what the Surge needed, as they quickly slashed the deficit to 9, but the GLO answered back with stops and 3-pointers and built their lead back up to 16 with just over five minutes left to play in the quarter. But the Surge kept fighting, and a Rebecca Harris transition pull-up 3 with just over two minutes left in the third cut the Surge deficit to nine. Yet, the GLO never stopped pushing, and got the lead back to 13, as they entered the final frame with a 64-51 advantage.
The GLO were not messing around as the fourth quarter got underway. Just three minutes into the quarter, Wisconsin had already expanded its lead to 74-55. Wisconsin’s Allie LeClaire scored on a cutting layup with 3:30 left in the game to extend the GLO lead back over the 20-point mark. The Surge made a slight push late and continued to fight as they had all game, but the final score was GLO on top 88-74. The GLO were led by Mehryn Kraker with 17 points, while Wurtz chipped in 15. Kristi Bellock and Harris led the Surge with 17 each, which Bellock supplemented with a strong showing on the glass, collecting 9 boards.
It wasn’t the outcome the Surge wanted, but it was the hardest anyone’s pushed the GLO all year. The Surge kept it competitive all game. With effort and resilience, they forced the GLO to fight until the final buzzer. For that, they can be proud.
The Surge are off next weekend to celebrate the 4th of July, but will be back in action on Saturday, July 13th for their final home game of the season against the Chicago Breeze. The game will be played at Washington University’s Field House and will tip at 6:05 pm. Tickets are available for purchase here and at the door. Don’t miss your last opportunity to see the 2019 Surge in action!