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Flint Monarchs crowned 2016 GWBA National Champions

The Flint Monarchs celebrate after winning the 2016 Global Women's Basketball Association (GWBA) national championship

FLINT, MI -- The Flint Monarchs earned the right to be called "Queens of the Hoop Court" for another season.

Over the weekend, the Monarchs captured their third consecutive national championship by defeating the Akron Innovators, 99-52, on Saturday, August 20 at Mott Community College.

The Monarchs (7-0) got off to a hot start, scoring 59 first-half points.

"We were on pace to score 100 or more points," said Monarchs coach Nicole Randolph. "As the game progressed in the second half, the team started to slow down once the game got out of reach for Akron." 

Former Marquette University and Flint Hamady High School star Arlesia Morse recorded a game-high 26 points and 13 rebounds to earn the Finals MVP honor.

Fellow Monarchs Trenia Barbee poured in 16 points and 6 rebounds while Natasha Morris added 15 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists.

The Innovators were paced by Charletia Hurrell who finished the game with a team-high 18 points and 3 rebounds.

The Flint Monarchs finished the season 7-0 in the Global Women's Basketball Association and are already looking forward to next summer.

"The Monarchs will play a bigger, better and much bolder brand of basketball in 2017," said Monarchs President and General Manager Drey Wynn. "Both the Monarchs and Global Women's Basketball Association are already working on a plan to bring this to fruition."

 

http://www.mlive.com/sports/flint/index.ssf/2016/08/flint_monarchs_crowned_gwba_na.html#comments


by posted 08/24/2016
Flint Monarchs versus Akron Innovators for GWBA Championship

FLINT (WJRT) - (08/20/16) - The Flint Monarchs invite you to the campus of Mott Community College on Saturday as they host the Global Women's Basketball Association National Championship game.

The Monarchs are the #1 seed and will go up against the Akron Innovators at 4 p.m. inside Ballenger Field House.

Linnel Jones-McKenney, the Flint Monarchs assistant coach, visited ABC12 News Saturday Morning to discuss the action.

Adult tickets are $7. Tickets are $3 for children.

 


by ABC 12 News posted 08/21/2016
Flint Monarchs host GWBA National Championship

Jasmine McCall drives to the basket for 2 points

FLINT, MI – The inaugural Global Women's Basketball Association national championship game will be played at Mott Community College this weekend.

The hometown Flint Monarchs (6-0) are set to face the Akron Innovators for the title at 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20.

Bragging rights as, "Queens of the Hoop Court" are on the line for both squads. 

Although the Monarchs are undefeated, this won't be an easy task for them without their leading scorer Jasmine McCall (20.6 ppg), who left last week to continue playing professional basketball in Spain.

"Jasmine McCall is a founding member of the Flint Monarchs and is a warrior on the court who symbolizes everything our organization stands for," said Monarchs president and general manager Drey Wynn. "She has worked tirelessly in the off season to polish her game and I expect her to continue her dominant play over in Spain."

Flint closed regular season play with a 99-77 home victory against the Illinois Starletz on Saturday, Jasmine McCall led the Monarchs with a game-high 23 points, 3 rebounds and 3 steals in her finale.

Fellow Monarchs guard Jasmine Thomas scored 21 points, Morgan Pullins recorded 14 points and 12 rebounds, while Trenia Barbee poured in 15 points and 11 rebounds.

General admission for the championship game is $7 for adults and $3 for kids.


by posted 08/18/2016
Flint defeats Illinois in first ever meeting, improves to 5-0

Jasmine McCall looks to pass

Flint, MI, July 25, 2016The Flint Monarchs picked up their fifth straight victory of the season by defeating the Illinois Starletz 99-77 on Saturday July 23, 2016 at Mott Community College in Flint, MI.

 

The Monarchs (5-0) got off to a slow start in the first quarter but Flint native Jasmine Thomas scored 16 of her 21 points during a 20 minute span, giving the Monarchs a 64-53 lead heading into the 4th quarter. 

Jasmine McCall led the Monarchs with a game high 23 points, 3 rebounds and 3 steals.  Fellow Monarchs Morgan Pullins recorded 14 points and 12 rebounds, and Trenia Barbee poured in 15 points and 11 rebounds.

The Starletz were paced by former Central Michigan University star and Chicago native Jalisa Olive who finished the game with a team high 22 points and 4 rebounds.

The Flint Monarchs final regular season game will be against the Milwaukee Aces at 4pm on Saturday August 6, 2016 at Mott Community College, Flint, MI. 

 

http://www.mlive.com/sports/flint/index.ssf/2016/07/flint_monarchs_improve_to_5-0.html


by posted 07/25/2016
Monarchs beat Milwaukee at home, improves to 4-0

Tab Harvey dribbles around Milwaukee player

Flint, MI, July 18, 2016-The Flint Monarchs picked up their fourth straight victory of the season by defeating the Milwaukee Aces 78-74 on Saturday July 16, 2016 at Mount Mary University in Milwaukee, WI.

The Monarchs (4-0) got off to a sluggish start but former Marquette University star and Flint native Arlesia Morse caught fire and scored 10 points in the second quarter, giving the Monarchs a 37-33 lead at halftime. 

Jasmine Thomas led the Monarchs with a game high 18 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists.  Fellow Monarchs Morgan Pullins and Arlesia Morse both recorded 14 points and 6 rebounds, and Jasmine McCall chipped in 14 points.

Milwaukee was paced by Teri Stamps & Chelan Landry who both finished the game with 18 points.

The Flint Monarchs next game will be against the Chicago Starletz at 4pm on Saturday July 23, 2016 at Mott Community College, Flint, MI. 


by posted 07/18/2016
Monarchs trump Akron Innovators for home victory

Jasmine McCall scores on a fast break layup

Flint, MI, July 11, 2016–The Flint Monarchs defend home court to beat the Akron Innovators 93-75 on Saturday July 9, 2016 at Mott Community College in Flint, MI.

 

The Monarchs were coached today by Assistant Coach Linn Jones-Mckenney who temporarily filled in for Head Coach Nicole Randolph in her absence tonight.  “Akon is a very competitive team that is well coached and has talented players,”  stated Flint Monarchs Assistant Coach Linn Jones-Mckenney, “I was nervous in the beginning because of the difficulty we had with them last game but after we put pressure on them and pushed the tempo they couldn’t keep up.”

The Monarchs (3-0) put the pedal to the metal early by scoring 48 points in the first half of the game.  Jasmine Thomas (Flint, MI/Michigan State University) had another strong all-around performance and led the Monarchs with a team high 21 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists.

Fellow Monarchs Jasmine McCall scored 19 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists, Morgan Pullen recorded 13 points and 11 rebounds and Trenia Barbee chipped in 13 points.

Akron Innovators was paced by Adola Dorton who recorded 26 points & 5 rebounds and Kelly Cunningham, who finished the game with 23 points, 7 rebounds & 2 assists.

The Flint Monarchs next game will be on the road against the Milwaukee Aces at 4pm on Saturday July 16, 2016 at Mt. Mary University, Milwaukee, WI. 


by posted 07/11/2016
Monarchs get road win versus Akron

Jasmine Thomas warms up during practice

FLINT, MI -- Another game. Another victory.

The Flint Monarchs are 2-0 to start the season. On Sunday, Flint picked up its first road victory of the season against the Akron Innovators 96-83 at Kenmore College in Akron, OH.

"This was a very competitive game against Akron tonight," said Monarchs coach Nicole Randolph. "They have some really good players and each plays with lots of emotion."

The Monarchs got off to a hot start by scoring 33 points in the first quarter. 

Former Michigan State guard Jasmine Thomas had an all-around performance and paced the Monarchs with a game-high 25 points, nine rebounds, five steals and four assists.

Tab Harvey also scored 17 points, four rebounds and four assists while Jasmine McCall recorded 16 points, seven assists and four rebounds and Trenia Barbee poured in 17 points.

Flint's next game will be a rematch against the Akron Innovators at 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 9 at Mott Community College.

 

http://www.mlive.com/sports/flint/index.ssf/2016/06/flint_monarchs_get_road_win_ve.html


by posted 06/27/2016
Monarchs are 1-0 to start off 2016 season

Jasmine McCall score two of her 31 points

FLINT, MI -- The Flint Monarchs are 1-0.

On Saturday, June 11, Flint rallied to beat the Pittsburgh Stars 96-68 at Mott Community College.

"We were eager to start the season on a good note as proud members of the Global Women's Basketball Association (GWBA) and to accomplish this at home made it even better," said Monarchs President and General Manager Drey Wynn. 

The Monarchs got off to a slow start, but held a 26-22 lead at halftime.

Veteran guard Jasmine McCall's scoring touch broke open the game in the second half. She hit 20 of her game-high 31 points in the second half, also going 3-of-4 from beyond the arc.

Fellow Monarchs Trenia Barbee scored 17 points and 10 rebounds, Jasmine Thomas recorded 16 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists while Imari Redfield chipped in 11 points and 5 rebounds.

The Pitt Stars was paced by former Notre Dame University basketball star Ariel Braker, who finished the game with 22 points, 7 rebounds and 6 blocks.

The Monarchs will face the Akron Freeze next at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 26 in Akron, OH.

 

by posted 06/14/2016
Monarchs Release 2016 Game Schedule

Monarchs Championship Game Team Huddle (2015)

FLINT, MI – It's that time of the year again.

Professional women's basketball is back in the city.

The Flint Monarchs will begin their 2016 season this weekend against the Pitt Stars at 4 p.m. Saturday, June 11 at Mott Community College.

For the upcoming season, Flint has 6 regular season games scheduled. All four home games will be played at MCC.

The team now competes in newly-formed Global Women's Basketball Association(GWBA).

Last season, the Monarchs ended 7-1 overall and repeated as Women's American Basketball Association national champions.

"We are anxious to get the season under weigh and return back to the court," said Flint Monarchs President and General Manager Drey Wynn.

Flint's current roster includes key returnees: Hamady graduates Arlesia Morse and Jasmine Thomas, Detroit natives Jasmine McCall, Trenia Barbee, Tab Harvey, Ashley Jones, Demisha Fambro and Kanisha Ward.

2016 Flint Monarchs Schedule:

Saturday June 11, 2016 PITT STARS (4pm)

Sunday June 26, 2016 @ Akron Freeze (3pm)

Saturday July 9, 2016 AKRON FREEZE (4pm)

Saturday July 16, 2016 @Milwaukee Aces (4pm)

Saturday July 23, 2016 CHICAGO STARLETZ (4pm)

Saturday August 6, 2016 MILWAUKEE ACES (4pm)

Saturday August 6, 2016 PLAYOFFS

http://www.mlive.com/sports/flint/index.ssf/2016/06/flint_monarchs_release_2016_sc.html


by posted 06/10/2016
Flint Monarchs host open tryout for 2016 Season

WABA national championship game, Flint Monarchs defeated the Milwaukee Aces 84-61 on Saturday, August 8, 2015

FLINT, MI -- An open tryout for women interested in playing professional basketball will be held this weekend.

The Flint Monarchs will be evaluating talent on Sunday, May 15 from 4-7 pm at Detroit Henry Ford High School, located at 20000 Evergreen Road, Detroit, MI 48219.

"We're anxious for the new season to begin but of course there will be some changes to our roster," said Monarchs President and General Manager Dreyon Wynn said. "We will retain a core group of players from last season, bring back a few players from the 2014 season and add more fire power from the perimeter."

The Monarchs compete in the newly-formed Global Women's Basketball Association (GWBA) whose inaugural season is set to start Saturday, June 4, 2016.

Flint used a 30-point fourth quarter surge to win last year's Women's American Basketball Association (WABA) national championship game. They defeated the Milwaukee Aces 84-61 to win the title at Mott Community College.

"Our goal is to win another national title and the coaching staff will work tirelessly to do just that," Wynn said. "The Monarchs have solidified themselves as a staple in the city of Flint, MI and we are not going anywhere anytime soon."

Registration is $50 and ladies are encouraged to pre-register to solidify a spot.

Additional information is available by contacting Monarchs coaches Nicole Randolph at (248) 259-7717 or calling Linnell Jones-McKenney at (810) 695-1006.


by posted 05/13/2016
Monarchs join Global Women's Basketball Association (GWBA)

Executive Board of the GWBA (including Drey Wynn, President of Flint Monarchs)

February 27, 2016 at 6:59 PM

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS -- A bigger, better, and bolder brand of women's professional basketball is set to kick off in the summer of 2016.

Former James Madison University forward Sonya Nichols held a special press conference on Saturday, Feb. 27 at the Embassy Suites Chicago. She announced the Global Women's Basketball Association (GWBA) in conjunction with the Unique Starz Sports & Entertainment group.

"Thank you, we are pleased to announce the 2016 inaugural launch," said Nichols, CEO of the GWBA. "We are sure that you will feel the sense of pride we share in belonging to this growing organization."

After the official declaration, Nichols slapped hands in celebration with other GWBA executive board members in the meeting room.

GWBA Commissioner Bernell Hooker and COO Drey Wynn made the trip to the Windy City to witness the league's unveiling. Bright green and navy blue are the official colors.

"We all have a passion for the game and not only a passion for the game but a passion to help people," said Nichols. "If basketball was a gift for me then I'm responsible for using it to give back in any way that I can.

"It's just an honor and a blessing to be able to establish a league with kindred spirits," she added.

Four Midwest teams have initially committed to the GWBA, including the back-to-back defending Women's American Basketball Association national champion Flint Monarchs.

In addition to Flint, the Milwaukee Aces, Illinois Starletz, and Louisville Fillies have also signed up. Nichols is still waiting to hear back from an Ohio team as well. In the future, the league plans to branch out to add more franchises once it gets more established.

The league will use four, 10-minute quarters with WNBA rules. Games will start in June, playoffs are set for August, and an overseas tournament is in the works for September.

"I love basketball," said Wynn, also the President of the Monarchs. "I just want to give the women in the state of Michigan an opportunity to play on an outstanding team in the GWBA.

"I feel this is the right move," he continued. "The timing is right, we've got the right people in place and we're just going to go upward from here."

In addition to the press conference, members of the board sat around to discuss league operations. They also talked over team schedules, ideas for recruiting players, professionalism, action items, marketing plans, and ways to assist in the community.

At the end of the meeting, non-disclosure and market reservation agreements were signed to hold each other accountable.

The plan is to become a farm system for ladies to get overseas or possibly reach the WNBA after college.

"We can also utilize the WNBA alumni," said Hooker, Owner and General Manager of the Milwaukee Aces. "We want to do what the other leagues are not doing."

 

For more information on the GWBA, visit: www.gwba.net.

 


by posted 02/27/2016
WABA MVP Jasmine Thomas signs with German Team

Jasmine Thomas, German League MVP Candidate (2016)

Flint, MI, September 07, 2015– Flint Monarchs announce veteran guard Jasmine Thomas (Michigan State University/Flint, MI) has signed a contract to continue her playing career over in Europe this fall, she will be playing for a German team called Osnabruck Sportsclub in Osnabruck, Germany. “Jasmine demonstrated her dominance as an elite guard while leading the Monarchs to the 2016 WABA National Championship and being honored as MVP of the game."  "She will continue her outstanding play and do great things over in Germany,” stated Flint Monarchs President and General Manager Drey Wynn.

In six games of play with the Flint Monarchs this season, she averaged 17.5 points, 7.0 rebounds and 7.83 assists per game. 

 

 

 


by posted 09/07/2015
Victorious Monarchs repeat as WABA National Champs

Monarch team photo after winning National Championship

FLINT, MI – Nearly 400 fans witnessed the Flint Monarchs capture its second straight Women's American Basketball Association national title on Saturday, Aug. 8 at Mott Community College.

 

The Monarchs used a 30-point fourth-quarter surge to close out the Milwaukee Aces in a 84-61 victory at Ballenger Field House.

Former Michigan State guard and Flint Hamady product Jasmine Thomas was named the Finals MVP after posting a game-high 24 points with seven rebounds, five assists and a pair of blocks.

"Jasmine Thomas is a pro player at any level and she demonstrated that skill today through her dominance during the biggest game of the season," Flint Monarchs president and general manager Drey Wynn said.

Former Marquette star Arlesia Morse also contributed 13 points in the fourth quarter while playing in front of friends, family and her Flint Hamady High School coach Keith Smith.

Wynn confirmed that the championship game attendance, with 380 people, was the best for a home game all season.

During the post-game ceremony, Wynn announced that Nicole Randolph would remain as the Monarchs' head coach as he moves forward with the franchise.

She took over as head sideline leader when former Monarchs coach Bill Schnorenberg resigned after the fourth game of the summer.

"Coach Randolph was put in a very difficult position being elevated into an interim role during mid-season. She knew there were a lot of people watching her but her performance resulted into a national championship," Wynn said. "She got the team to rally behind her, to pull together as one unit and play at a level I have not seen the Monarchs play in three seasons.

 

http://www.mlive.com/sports/flint/index.ssf/2015/08/flint_monarchs_repeat_as_waba.html

 


by posted 08/10/2015
Nya Jordan signs to play in France

Nya Jordan shoots free throw

Flint, MI, August 10, 2015– Flint Monarchs announce veteran forward Nya Jordan (University of Michigan/Detroit, MI) has signed a contract to continue her playing career over in Europe this fall, she will be playing for a French team called Ala Le’ Havre in Le’ Havre France. “Nya is living her dream through basketball which is to continue playing beyond college while traveling the world,” stated Flint Monarchs President and General Manager Drey Wynn.

 

In seven games of play this season, she averages 12.7 points, 9.5 rebounds and 2.2 steals per game with five double-double performances.  “What makes Nya special is her versatility, she is long, athletic and a rebounds like a warrior,” Wynn said, “her game will flourish offensively overseas as most European teams center their offense around American players, we are so very proud of her.”

 

http://www.postup.fr/2015/07/30/nf1-nya-jordan-au-havre/

 


by posted 08/10/2015
Flint Monarchs Pack Gym for Season Opener

Season Opener

FLINT (WJRT) - (06/17/15) - Jasmine Thomas didn't get much sleep Tuesday night. The former Michigan State Spartan stayed up late, watching her old MSU buddy Draymond Green win an NBA Championship.

"There's Big Spartan pride there. Congrats to him and the Warriors. Hopefully we follow in his footsteps and go ahead and win us another WABA Championship," Thomas said.

The journey begins Saturday for Michigan's only women's professional basketball team. That's when the Flint Monarchs play their home opener against Milwaukee at Mott's Ballenger Field House.

"I want to see a packed house. I want to be able to walk into an atmosphere so amazing that the other team is just so distraught, just loud," Thomas said.

"That's our challenge this year. We want every seat filled with these great fans here in Flint," said Monarchs coach Bill Schnorenberg.

In between practice and their day jobs, players have been busy shaking hands, while also building up a social media storm, all to spread awareness that this championship team exists.

"The Chamber of Commerce has been amazing. We've already met with the Crim. They've been amazing, the Flint Farmers' Market has been a great help to us, and we're just getting out to as many people as we can here. We just want everyone involved in the Monarchs," Schnorenberg said.

The Monarchs will play four home games this summer, and are planning plenty of activities for fans, including a kids clinic on Saturday.

"Right here at halftime, we're going to teach them how to dribble that ball, how to shoot that ball, and just give them an opportunity to have some fun," said Linell Jones-McKenney.

 

by posted 06/17/2015
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