OSHKOSH – The Wisconsin Glo has a significant weekend ahead as it will face its toughest opponent twice.
Wisconsin will play the St. Louis Surge, which is undefeated with four wins in Global Women’s Basketball Association league play, on Saturday and Sunday at Menominee Nation Arena. Saturday’s game is at 7 p.m. and Sunday is a 3 p.m. tipoff.
“This group is talented. We have 15 individuals who can give us points at any moments,” the Glo’s Jolene Anderson said. “Everybody just has to stay focused. St. Louis is good. They have very talented individuals. They’re well-coached. To play them again, hopefully it will be a great game again like it was in St. Louis.”
St. Louis ended Wisconsin’s undefeated streak with an 88-81 win June 26, while the Glo bounced back and beat the Surge 103-82 the following day in an exhibition game.
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“We’ve had a target on our back from the start and really hoping as a team we come locked in mentally and physically,” Wisconsin coach Lauren Busalacchi said. “We got to do a little bit better on the defensive end than we did the first game, little better on the boards and definitely shoot better. It should be a great atmosphere and a crazy competitive environment.”
In the most recent game against the Detroit Queens on Saturday, Taylor Wurtz led the Glo with 22 points. She entered the game averaging a team-best 16.6 points per game.
“Taylor goes 120 mph at all times,” Busalacchi said. “She’s the leader on this team. That’s part of the role that she has, too, as a starter for us. She’s so aggressive on the offensive end night in and night out, so she creates a lot just because of her work ethic and her intention on the floor. She’s done a great job for us these last couple weekends, especially against bigger, physical, more athletic play. We’re looking to her to continue to help us get better and better each weekend.”
After two games against St. Louis this weekend, Wisconsin will play the Flint Monarchs and the Detroit Queens at home to close out the regular season Aug. 7 and 8.
“The season has been flying by so far,” forward Jessica Kelliher said. “I think we’re starting to get more comfortable together the more we play and it’s been a lot of fun playing with these girls. I’ve known them for a long time, so being able to play together, the more time we have, it just keeps getting better and better.”
Anderson added: “It does go by fast. We only have the weekends together. Unfortunately having practice with everybody’s busy schedules is very limited, so the time that we do spend together we have a little work to still continue to do before playoffs. We got to take one game at a time and 40 minutes at a time and don’t look back at the past and don’t look too far into the future.”
The Glo, which has a 3-1 record, split up for a team scrimmage in front of fans Sunday after the Chicago Breeze was unable to make the trip to Oshkosh for the scheduled game.
“I think it’s good in a game like this that everyone has their chance to do what they can do and showcase their ability,” Kelliher said of the scrimmage. “We play against each other a lot, so it’s mostly just fun to be able to compete in front of a crowd with one another.”
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