by Drey Wynn

Flint, MI- The Flint Monarchs defeated top seeded Wisconsin Glo 72-70 to pull off the biggest upset of the Global Women’s Basketball Association (GWBA) playoffs and earned its sixth national title. 

Wisconsin has dominated the GWBA with two consecutive undefeated seasons and this was there first time losing to Flint.

“This was the biggest game in our team history, the stakes were high, but these women wanted to win, and it showed tonight,” said Drey Wynn, Acting Head Coach and General Manager.

Sparkle Taylor led the Monarchs with 17 points and three rebounds, Crystal Bradford and Rachel Hollivay each scored 12 points and Brandie (Baker) Cunningham tossed in 10 points.  Bradford hit a three-point shot and was fouled in the act of shooting with 7 seconds left to put the Monarchs on top for good.

Flint Northwestern graduate Sparkle Taylor was selected Finals MVP for her outstanding play by league founder Sonya Nichols.

“This weekend was historic for Flint; we defeated the top two seeded teams to win a national title and three weeks ago from today we won an international title in the Dominican Republic, no other professional basketball team has accomplished this feat,” said Wynn.


Flint finished with a 4-6 record in the Global Women’s Basketball Association and is 8-6 overall.

Taylor Wurtz and Julie Wojta both scored 22 points to lead the Wisconsin Glo.


Game notes: Flint scored 42 points in the paint, had 12 fast break points, 14 second chance points, biggest lead held was 16 points and there were 18 lead changes.

For more information, visit www.flintmonarchs.com or call 989-545-0569.

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