Sporting Blitz

Sporting blitz

Sporting blitz

Calhoun reaches 1,000 in women’s loss against IPFW

The Oakland University women’s basketball team dropped its fourth straight game, losing to IPFW 52-45 on Saturday. Former Pontiac Central High standout Stephanie Rosado was too much for the Golden Grizzlies to handle, scoring 20 points and collecting eight rebounds for the Mastodons.

The win marked the first time that IPFW had won on the road this season and snapped a six game losing streak.

The Golden Grizzlies were without senior center Brittany Carnago, who missed her third straight game with an undisclosed illness.

Carnago’s absence was felt by the Golden Grizzlies in the paint, with Oakland losing the rebounding battle 37-29.

The lone bright spot for Oakland occurred midway through the first half when senior guard Sharise Calhoun going over 1,000 points in her career.  Junior forward Bethany Watterworth paced OU with 19 points and Calhoun chipped in 12.

The Golden Grizzlies continue their season on Saturday facing Southern Utah at 3:30 p.m. at the O’rena.


Track and field competes at Big Meet at Grand Valley State

The Oakland University men’s and women’s track and field team participated in the “Big Meet” over the weekend at GVSU. The competition involves over 1,800 athletes representing over 50 schools over the course of two days.

Senior Desiree Pettiford earned a third place finish in the 200-meter dash and Serena SanCartier finished fifth in the 60-meter hurdles.

Freshman Katelynne Hartman finished seventh in the shot put and senior Jennifer Lane earned a top-10 finish in the high jump.

For the men, senior Ryan Balzer finished 15th in the high jump. Freshman Nick Bobek finished 16th in the 60-meter hurdles and senior David Magnotte finished 27th in the 800-meter run.

OU continues its season on Feb. 24 with The Summit League Indoor Championships, which will be hosted by IPFW.


Hockey team drops regular season finale to Adrian

The Oakland University hockey team finished the regular season with a close 2-1 loss to the Adrian Bulldogs on Sunday night.

Matt Toter made 23 saves for the Golden Grizzlies (19-14-2) as well as stopping two of the three chances in the shootout.

Oakland took the lead in the second period, with Jordan MacDonald scoring the first goal of the game, assisted by Alex Hoffman. The Bulldogs tied the game late in the third with a goal of their own to force overtime.

After neither team scored in the extra frame, the game was pushed to a shootout. Adrian managed to sneak one past Toter, and the Golden Grizzlies failed to convert on their three shootout chances.

Oakland received a point in the standings for the shootout loss to finish the season with 46 points in the GLCHL conference. That total gives OU the top spot in the league, and an autobid to the National Tournament.

The Golden Grizzlies continue the season with a first round bye in next weekend’s GLCHL playoffs, hosted by Adrian.

Depending on the results of the Friday night games, the Golden Grizzlies will play on Saturday at either 5 p.m. or 8 p.m.


Women’s tennis falls to Western Michigan on the road

The Oakland University women’s tennis team competed at Western Michigan on Sunday. Senior Caitlin Young won games in both singles and doubles play, but the Golden Grizzlies (0-5) ultimately lost every match.

Sophomore Grace Keating partnered with Young in No. 1 doubles play, where they lost 8-4. Freshman Brittany Baxter teamed up with senior Demi Georgakopoulos where they fell 8-2 in the No. 2 doubles match.

Oakland was forced to forfeit matches in doubles and singles due to injury.

There hasn’t been any release on the future of the injured Grizzlies.

Women’s tennis team returns on Feb. 20 at Webber International in Babson Park, FLA.


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