It is always tough to see an important player move on, but the St. Louis Surge are proud to have provided the stage to create opportunity. Effective immediately, forward Brittany Carter will be leaving the Surge as she heads to Brisbane, Australia to play for the Logan Thunder. 2019 was Brittany’s third season with the Surge; she played with the team in 2015 and 2019 as well. Brittany leaves the Surge as the team’s fourth-leading scorer of all-time. She is also fourth all-time in 3-pointers and assists. On the season, Carter was averaging 12.4 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 4.0 assists per contest.
The Surge will also be parting ways with forward Trey Brooks. Brooks was unable to consistently establish herself in the Surge’s rotation this year, averaging 3.3 points and 2.0 rebounds per game in limited minutes. Brooks starred at Tennessee Tech University and has played internationally in Germany with SG Bergishe Loewen and in Portugal with Carnide Clube/Holos.
In the wake of change rides opportunity. Carter is leaving behind roughly 30 minutes per game of playing time, and the Surge have a roster of 10 eager to plug that leak. Perhaps it will be Mikala McGhee, whose unrelenting effort has turned several games for the Surge this year. Maybe it will be Leti Lerma, whose consistent defensive energy has steadied the tide when the Surge have needed stops. We could see more of Nakiah Bell, whose minutes have been limited thus far, but her production has not (averaging 19.4 points and 4.0 assists per 40 minutes). The Surge could go big with increased minutes for Marina Laramie or Sydney Bauman. They could go to multi-guard alignments with Kelsey McClure flanking big-minute starters Rebecca Harris and Nici Gilday. With a roster this deeply and diversely talented, the possibilities are endless.
Seeing familiar, beloved, and important faces go is bittersweet. The Surge know replacing Carter and Brooks will be no easy task, but are excited for what lies ahead. They have the depth and talent not just to survive the blow, but to rise to the occasion and thrive. The stretch run is here, and the Surge are ready.