The GWBA currently features four of the top teams in the United States outside of the WNBA. Our player pool consists of former local collegiate stars, former WNBA players, and accomplished international players. The GWBA allows athletes to continue and pursue their professional careers beyond their collegiate tenure during their summer “off-season” from their Overseas schedule. The league operates with ALL players being paid, televised, and streamed games, and continues to experience tremendous growth in both talent and infrastructure. The GWBA, looking to expand with quality owners, currently has four teams: Flint Monarchs, Detroit Queens, St. Louis Surge & Wisconsin Glo. The GWBA began in 2016 with the Flint Monarchs, Milwaukee Aces, Akron Innovators, and Illinois Starletz.
The 2019 season saw the addition of two powerhouse teams from Oshkosh, WI, and St. Louis, MO, in the GLO & SURGE. The two teams added to the profile of the league with deep rosters and pro-style offenses that suited the up-tempo pace in the GWBA. The Wisconsin GLO secured a perfect regular-season record & headed into the playoffs as the favorite to win it all.
The Global Women’s Basketball Association (GWBA) is a professional basketball league in North America, operating in the Midwest region. The company was established in 2016 by former James Madison University Women’s Basketball athlete Sonya Nichols of Chicago, Illinois. Per Sonya, “my motivation for starting this league was for players to have a quality and professional league post their collegiate tenure as an alternative to the WNBA. I also wanted to bridge the gap with international teams for an opportunity to compete against elite Women basketball players here in the United States.”
The Flint Monarchs finished the 2016 season 7-0 and were crowned champions of the Global Women’s Basketball Association (GWBA) by defeating the Akron Innovators 99-52 in front of a home crowd at Mott Community College. Former Marquette University and Flint Hamady High School star Arlesia Mores was named Finals MVP of the National Championship after recording a game-high 26 points and 13 rebounds. The Flint Monarchs finished the 2017 season 6-2 and were crowned champions of the Global Women’s Basketball Association (GWBA) by defeating the Milwaukee Aces 83-68 on the road at Alverno College. Crystal Bradford was named Finals MVP of the national championship game after scoring 23 points, 13 rebounds, five assists, and four steals while going 4-for-8 from the 3-point line. In August 2018, the Flint Monarchs defeated the Indianapolis Bandits 107-69 at home to close its regular season 7-1.