(ST. LOUIS, August 10, 2021) – Due to unforeseen injuries and COVID-19 exposure the Detroit Dodgers have announced they will no longer be able to travel to St. Louis for the Global Women’s Basketball Association (GWBA) playoffs, resulting in a forfeit. Therefore the St. Louis Surge will automatically advance to the National Championship this Sunday, August 15 at 3:05 PM at Fontbonne University in St. Louis, Missouri.

After launching its 2020 “We will play again” campaign, the Surge has returned better than ever finishing the regular season undefeated with the leadership of Head Coach and General Manager Duez Henderson. “We look forward to hosting the playoffs and creating a great and safe environment as we compete for a national championship,” said Henderson. The Surge prepares to win their third national championship in franchise history ready to continue to show its fans a high-energized and intense battle this Sunday.

The Surge has bolstered the roster with the signing of 4 new players from across the country including:

Erin Bollmann, Guard/Forward, 5’11, Patton, MO

College: Southeast Missouri State University
Pro Career: Australia 

Alexa Hart, Center, 6’3, Columbus, OH

College: The Ohio State University
Pro Career: Spain, Israel, & Germany

Alisia Jenkins, F, 6’1,  Statesboro, GA 

College: University of South Florida
Overseas Career: Spain, Finland, Australia, & Hungary
WNBA career: Indiana Fever

Brianna Rollerson, Center, 6’0, Hometown: Omaha, NE

College: Creighton University
Pro Career: Germany (multiple teams)

The St. Louis Surge is welcomed back a few well-known standouts including; Kristi Bellock (#15),  Jaleesa Butler (#30), Brittany Carter (#22), Leah Cotton (#11), Rebecca Harris (#13), Kelsey McClure (#00), and Mikala McGhee (#08).

GWBA Playoff 2021 Season Schedule

· Saturday, August 14th @3:05PM – #2 Wisconsin GLO vs #3 Flint Monarchs

· Sunday, August 15th @3:05PM – #1 St. Louis Surge vs TBD

Game Day Tickets can be purchased in advance online at www.metrotix.com and or www.stlsurgebasketball.com All home games will also be streamed at LINK: https://bit.ly/GWBAChampionshipLIVESTREAM

2021 Surge Schedule COVID-19 Pandemic Guidelines
Fontbonne University will be the single home site for all Surge home games, practices, and housing. 

The top priority continues to be the health and safety of players, staff, and fans. Fans are welcome to enjoy the game in person at Fontbonne University, however, face masks will remain mandatory for all staff, fans, and media personnel for the remainder of the 2021 season. 

St. Louis Surge staff will continue to review the appropriate health and safety protocols set by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and make necessary changes as needed throughout the season.