Flint Monarchs National Championship Team Photo (Aug 19, 2017)
A sellout crowd at Alverno College in Milwaukee, Wis. witnessed the Flint Monarchs repeat as champions of the Global Women's Basketball Association (GWBA) over the weekend.
On Saturday, the Monarchs defeated the Milwaukee Aces, 83-68, to claim the national title on the road.
"This team was very special because any player on this roster could be a leading scorer for the game," said Monarchs coach Nicole Randolph. "With fire power like that it is sure to create many matchup problems, at any moment during the game.
"I'm very blessed and humbled with the opportunity to coach these fine women."
League owner Sonya Nichols awarded Monarchs star Crystal Bradford as the Finals MVP after going off for a game-high of 23 points with 13 rebounds, five assists and four steals while going 4-for-8 from the 3-point line.
Bradford made history in 2015 as the first Central Michigan player to be drafted as the seventh overall pick by the Los Angeles Sparks of the WNBA.
"Crystal Bradford started the game strong, finished the game stronger and proved exactly why talent wins games," said Drey Wynn, Monarchs President and General Manager. "It takes a lot to impress me, but I cracked a smile while watching Crystal play because I realized at that moment we had the best player on the court and there was nothing Milwaukee could do about it."
The Monarchs took a commanding 47-31 lead at halftime with Flint Northwestern product Sparkle Taylor scoring three consecutive baskets during a decisive first quarter run that set the tone for the rest of the game. Taylor would end with 10 points.
Flint guard Jasmine McCall also added 14 points and four assists and Shareta Brown posted 10 points and 10 rebounds.
"Outside of the expected consistency of Brandie Baker and scoring prowess of Arlesia Morse, I was pleasantly surprised with the play of true rookie and Flint native Sparkle Taylor," Wynn said. "She clearly is our future and her overseas play during the upcoming fall/winter months will elevate her game even higher for next season."
Monarchs defeat Chicago Breeze to advance to GWBA championship
Members of the 2017 Flint Monarchs women's basketball team
FLINT, MI -- The quest for the Flint Monarchs to repeat as champions of the Global Women's Basketball Association (GWBA) continued with the first round of playoffs over the weekend.
Flint defeated the Chicago Breeze, 86-77, on Saturday, Aug. 12.
Hamady graduate Arlesia Morse led the Monarchs with a team-high 24 points and 13 rebounds.
Grand Blanc graduate Shareta Brown contributed 17 points and 10 rebounds, former Beecher star Natasha Morris chipped in 13 points and six rebounds while Crystal Bradford added 10 points and 11 rebounds.
Former University of Illinois star Angelina Williams led the Breeze with a game-high 29 points and five rebounds with Shawnte Glenn posting 22 points.
The Monarchs (5-2) have advanced to the GWBA championship game which is set for 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19 in Milwaukee, Wis. against the Milwaukee Aces at Alverno College.
"I echo the words of the great Michael Jordan and that is talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships," said Monarchs president and general manager Drey Wynn. "This cohesive team is extremely talented but the play of our veterans will determine if we repeat as Champions."
Monarchs awarded grant
Outside of basketball, the Monarchs were recently awarded a Youth Initiative Program grant for $5,000 from the Community Foundation of Greater Flint.
The Monarchs are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that was established in seven years ago to provide physical fitness, health educational and mentorship activities for at risk youth in the city of Flint.
The organization has developed the "Youth Fitness for Life" program, which emphasizes health and fitness mentoring and allows them to use professional athletes and college graduates to share life fitness concepts with at-risk youth in the city of Flint.
"We are both ecstatic and honored to be awarded our first grant from the Community Foundation of Greater Flint," Wynn said. "We sincerely thank Mr. Isaiah Oliver, CEO & President of the Community Foundation and all their employees who helped to make this opportunity possible for the Flint Monarchs."
Monarchs win rematch game against Milwaukee Aces 79-65
Shareta Brown grabs one of her ten rebounds
Flint, MI-- The Flint Monarchs avenge their season opening loss by defeated the Milwaukee Aces 79-65, at home on Saturday July 15.
The Monarchs were led by Shareta Brown who had 28 points and 10 rebounds, Crystal Bradford posted 18 points and 13 rebounds and Flint native Brandie Baker tossed in 10 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists. “I told the entire Monarch organization that this game was personal,” said Monarchs President & General Manager. “I wanted them to send a strong message that any championship in this league must come through Flint and the Monarchs rule until we are dethroned.”
The Aces were led by Same Price with 18 points and 3 rebounds and Terri Stamps posted 13 points and 5 rebounds.
The Monarchs (3-1) will travel to Illinois this weekend to take on the Chicago Breeze at 2 p.m. (Central Standard Time) Sunday July 23 at Hales Francisan Arena in Chicago, IL.
Former Marquette star Arlesia Morse drops 24 points in Flint Mon
Former Marquette star Arlesia Morse went off for 24 points, 12 boards and three assists
The Flint Monarchs started their winning streak by defeating the Cleveland AmPro 88-64 on the road Saturday July 1, 2017.
The Monarchs were led by Flint native Arlesia Morse who had 24 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists, Sharita Brown posted 12 points and 14 rebounds, Brandie Baker poured in 12 points and 7 rebounds and Nya Jordan added 12 points and 5 rebounds. Crystal Bradford had another all-around performance by contributing 17 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists, 4 steals and 4 blocks.
“For the first time in 7 seasons we have a very potent frontline group of players,” said Monarchs President & General Manager. “Crystal Bradford, Alesia Morse, Brandie Baker, Nya Jordan and Shareta Brown are as potent of a mix of frontline players that you will likely ever see in this league, the future is very bright for the Monarchs.”
The Flint Monarchs will host the Milwaukee Aces on Saturday July 15, 2017 at 4pm, all home games are played at Mott Community College.
Sharita Brown posted 29 points and 18 rebounds while former Beecher star Natasha Morris chipped in 13 points and four assists. Crystal Bradford also showcased an all-around performance with 10 points, nine rebounds and six assists.
The Breeze were led by Jalisa Olive who ended with 22 points and four assists.
"Words can't express how proud I am of these ladies," said Monarchs coach Nicole Randolph. "Their sacrifice week in and out paid off in today's home opener vs. Chicago Breeze."
The Monarchs (1-1) will travel to Ohio this weekend to take on the Cleveland Am Pro at 4 p.m. Saturday July 1 at Walsh University in North Canton.
Monarchs lose season opener for 1st time in 7 seasons
Flint Monarch goes for a shot against Milwaukee Aces
Milwaukee, WI-The Flint Monarchs opened the season on the road at Milwaukee, WI but lost its season opener for the first time in 7 seasons to the Aces 73-84 on Saturday June 17, 2017.
“Losing your first game is not a deal breaker or indicator of how the season will play out,” said Monarchs president and general manager Drey Wynn. “We have a winning tradition but losing two starters who arguably were the league’s best players (Jasmine McCall-20.1 ppg & Jasmine Thomas-20.2 ppg) to season ending injuries doesn’t help the cause.”
The Aces were led by Alex Cohen with 18 points & 2 rebounds and Chelan Landry posted 15 points & 4 rebounds. The Monarchs were paced by Crystal Bradford’s 24 points & 10 rebounds, Shareta Brown finished with 16 points & 13 rebounds and Arlesia Morse chipped in 15 points.
“I am confident that Coach Nicole Randolph will rally the team behind her and get us back on a winning track.”
The Flint Monarchs will host the Chicago Breeze on Saturday June 24, 2017 at 4pm, all home games will be played at Mott Community College.
FLINT, MI -- Professional women's basketball will return to Flint for another season.
The Flint Monarchs have scheduled six regular season games, with the first road game set for 4 p.m. Saturday, June 17 against the Milwaukee Aces.
On Saturday, June 24, the Monarchs will return to Flint to face Chicago at 4 p.m. at Mott Community College.
Flint competes in the Global Women's Basketball Association (GWBA) and ended last season 7-0 overall while capturing the GWBA national championship.
"We are anxious to get the season under weigh and return back to the court," said Flint Monarchs president and general manager Drey Wynn. "We have nice mix of new and returning players that will make the Monarchs fun to watch."
Flint's current roster includes key returnees Arlesia Morse, Natasha Morris, Jasmine Thomas and Detroit natives Jasmine McCall and Nya Jordan.