(ST. LOUIS, July 6th, 2022) – Over the past weekend, the St. Louis Surge hosted the Flint Monarchs for their second home game of the season. This would be the second time the Surge has played the Flint Monarchs after the Surge clinched their first win earlier this month on June 5th, 2022. Saturday was an exciting day since it was Power Up Pink Night at the WashU Field House. This night’s theme was to highlight those who have fought breast cancer alongside recognizing people as a part of the Alpha Kappa Alpha (AKA) sorority. We currently have 3 members of AKA on our team being our owner (Khalia Collier), our mental performance coach (Bianca Latham), and one of our returning players (Kelsey McClure). 

The Surge started right out the gate scoring first before their opponents. The Surge’s total percentage of field goals from the three point line was a strong 68% in the first quarter. Free throws were a popular event as the referees called many fouls due to a physical game. Surge led in free throw percentage with 62% from the line while Monarchs hit 56%. The Surge fell short at the end of the first quarter 26-24 against the Monarchs. After a strong pep talk from Head Coach Petra Jackson, the Surge pushed back going into the second quarter. Coming out ahead was Surge with 18 points to contribute from the second quarter to the 15 points from the Monarchs. The Surge ended halftime with a one point lead of 42-41. 

The Surge came out with the fighting passion to end the game with a win. The Monarchs barely beat out the Surge in points with a 29 to 25 point gain from Flint. Unfortunately, most of those points came from free throws that were granted to the Monarchs from the calls in the game. Sinking 14 out of 15 free throws in the third quarter, the Flint Monarchs were leading at the end of the quarter. Associate Head Coach, Justin Tatum, really pushed the team to focus on defense in the final quarter. Quite vocal from the side lines, Coach Tatum truly pressured the team to work together. The Surge earned their first win at home and they celebrated in the glory. The final score reflected their hard work and dedication the players had put in this summer. Final stats showed that Surge had a strong 76% from the free throw line. High scorers from this game were Sug Sutton with 26 points overall, alongside Michelle Berry who scored 21 points with 9 of those points resulting from three-pointers. Close behind was Brittany Carter with a total of 18 points. Surge stepped up their defensive rebounds from last game having 24 for the game and 11 total from offensive play. Final Game Score: Surge 96- Monarchs 90. 

The St. Louis Surge plays again at the WashU Field House on July 16th with tip-off at 7:05 PM. Individual game tickets can be purchased on the STL Surge Website.