Women’s basketball wins a pair after losing three straight

Ally Racey

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Feb. 13—vs. University of Chicago at Illinois

The Golden Grizzlies (14-10, 6-7) defeated University of Illinois at Chicago (12-12, 3-10) in a 78-73 home match Feb. 13. The game was the annual Pink Game in support of breast cancer awareness.

Korrin Taylor played her best game yet as she posted a career-high 13 points, nine free throws and four rebounds.

“She was outstanding and obviously the difference maker,” head coach Jeff Tungate said.

“She’s really, really been working hard and putting in extra time and I think the extra work obviously paid off,” he said. “She got what she deserved tonight and it really helped our team.”

Olivia Nash led the team with 18 points and four steals, a career-high amount of steals for the senior forward.

Taylor Jones added 14 points to the scoreboard.

The team held a strong defense against UIC with 17 steals and 27 of their 78 points coming from the 25 UIC turnovers.

Oakland travels to Dayton, Ohio, to play Wright State at 7 p.m. ET on Feb. 18 before heading to Northern Kentucky on Feb. 21.

The team returns to the blacktop at the O’rena Feb. 27 to welcome Detroit. 

Feb. 11—vs. Valparaiso

The Golden Grizzlies beat Valparaiso 87-77 in the O’rena. The team came off three straight losses and turned the momentum around.

“This was an important win and after coming back after [the three losses] coming into today,” head coach Jeff Tungate said. “To see our team respond and come out in the first half and play the way we did I thought it was a great sign.”

The Player of the Game, Olivia Nash, scored a team-high 25 points.  Nash was one of four Golden Grizzlies to reach double figures; those four accounted for 77 of Oakland’s 87 points.

Taylor Jones racked up 20 points, while Elena Popkey and Taylor Gleason each scored 16.

Jones tied a career-high five steals, while Sinclair Russell tallied up a game-high four blocks. In three games, Russell has blocked 14 times.

The team held a 14-3 steals advantage with 20 of their 87 points coming off of turnovers.

“We gave a great, great effort today,” Tungate said.