Women’s basketball Thanksgiving recap

By Ally Racey

The Golden Grizzlies women’s basketball team defeated Norfolk State, Tuesday, Nov. 24, with a final score of 83-73.

Player of the game Olivia Nash recorded her first double-double of the season scoring a season-high 17 points, 13 rebounds and added five assists leading Oakland to the win.

Oakland had four players in double figures led by Nola Anderson’s game-high 21 points along with Elena Popkey and Sinclair Russell who clipped in 16 and 12 points, respectively.

Nicole Dodd recorded two blocks, which was a career-high.

Other players scoring for Oakland were Taylor Jones with eight points, Rio Dudgeon with six points and Leah Somerfield adding two points.

The team fell 97-77 to Youngstown State at home on Saturday, Nov. 28.

Taylor Gleason, Nash, and Dodd each scored in double figures.

Nash scored a team-high 15 points followed by 11 points from Dodd.

This was Gleason’s first game of the season. She added 13 points, four assists and three rebounds in her Oakland debut.

“For her first game I thought she played very well,” head coach Jeff Tungate said.

Player of the game Popkey reached double figures for the third time this season with 14 points along with five rebounds and three assists in only 18 minutes.

Before their next game, Tungate said the team will be working on their defense. He explained that they will do whatever they need to do to fix it.

“The last couple years I thought we were a decent defensive team, but just had trouble scoring the ball. Now we can score the ball, but we can’t guard so we have to get back to having an identity of a defensive team and find the right match-ups to make that happen,” Tungate added.

The Golden Grizzlies return to the O’rena against Dartmouth on Tuesday, Dec. 1 at 7 p.m.