Women’s basketball falls to UDM in Metro Series overtime loss


On Saturday, Feb. 27, the Oakland women’s basketball team lost to UDM 82-77 in overtime at the O’rena. 

Oakland women’s basketball lost an overtime battle against Detroit 82-77 on the Blacktop at the O’rena on Saturday afternoon.

A mighty third quarter was the difference for the winner in this Metro Series game between Oakland University (14-13, 6-10) and the University of Detroit Mercy Titans (14-13, 10-6).

“They just wanted it a little bit more than we did,” Oakland head coach Jeff Tungate said.

Freshman Taylor Jones recorded a career-first double-double with 24 points and a career-best 11 rebounds.

Senior Elena Popkey added 17 points.

Tungate had predicted a good game between the schools, but knew Detroit was not an easy match-up.

“Both teams are high-scoring teams,” Tungate said before the game, “and you know, Detroit Mercy’s playing really, really well right now.”

Detroit outscored the Golden Grizzlies 22-12 during the third quarter with help from Rosanna Reynolds’ 22 points, six of which she racked up in the third.

“You can’t win an overtime game if you’re not making those fifty-fifty plays,” Tungate said.

For the second year in a row, Oakland and Detroit split the women’s basketball Metro Series.

The Golden Grizzlies have gained a 13-3 lead in the 2016 Metro Series standings across all sports.

The Black and Gold will take on Milwaukee in the O’rena at 7 p.m. ET on Thursday, March 3 before concluding the regular season in the O’rena at 3 p.m. ET on Saturday, March 5 against Green Bay (it’s Senior Night).