Women’s basketball splits season opening games

Oakland University played against UM-Dearborn on Friday, Nov. 13. Despite the bad-luck associated with Friday the 13th, Oakland won 123-38.

By Ally Racey

Despite the bad luck that comes on Friday the 13th, the Oakland University women’s basketball team had nothing but luck on their side, topping UM-Dearborn 123-38.

The Golden Grizzlies set a school record for most points scored in a single game as they played in front of the third-largest crowd in program history.

“There’s been a lot of different teams that have come in this gym and to be able to break that record by 11 points, I think it says something,” head coach Jeff Tungate said. 

 Freshman guard and player of the game Taylor Jones, scored a game-high 23 points in her first collegiate competition. 

Junior Nola Anderson and senior Beth Mahurin added to the victory, each scoring 16 points while senior Elena Popkey tallied 12 assists.

Senior Olivia Nash led the way on the boards for Oakland, tallying nine rebounds along with nine points. 

 On Friday, she became the 27th player in school history to surpass 1,000 career points.

 “I’m really happy for Olivia Nash to get her 1,000th point,” Tungate said.

Tungate said it was great to see Sidney Santos back after being out with her injury.

 He mentioned that he was pleased with the point guard play between Popkey and Korrin Taylor.

 The duo combined for 19 assists and just four turnovers.

The team finished with six different players scoring double-digit points. 

“I thought everybody played really well. I love the way our veterans played. I thought our new kids after their first shift were a little nervous, but when they got in the second time I thought they played much better,” Tungate said. 

The team went on to host Central Michigan Sunday, Nov. 15.

The Golden Grizzlies dropped a high-scoring game to the Chippewa’s. The team lost 110-87 in what turned out to be a shootout in the O’rena.

Jones was named player of the game again after leading the team with 23 points on 8-of-9 shooting, which included four 3-pointers.

“She’s fearless, she’s not afraid to attack the basket, she’s not afraid to take it to the rim. She’ll get bumped, she’ll get knocked down, she’ll get back up,” Tungate said.

Nash and Anderson added 13 points each, while Nicole Dodd hit four triples and Popkey recorded seven assists.

Both teams shot over 50 percent from behind the arc and combined for 30 3-pointers. Oakland hit 15 of the 30.

“48 percent from the floor with 22 assists and 87 points. We’ll take that. And I think a week or two from now, those turnovers will come down as we get more comfortable with this new offense we’re running,” Tungate said.

Five Golden Grizzlies scored in double-double figures.

Following a rule change made by the NCAA this summer, women’s games are now played in four 10-minute quarters opposed to two 20-minute halves. The change was made in hopes of speeding up the game.

Oakland was picked fifth in the Horizon League preseason poll for the 2015-16 season.

The team will begin a two-game road trip on Nov. 21 at Niagara before returning home on Nov. 28 to begin Horizon League play with a game against Youngstown State.