Winter break blitz

Katie LaDuke , Staff Reporter

WBB @ Cornell: Oakland women’s basketball traveled to Itahca, N.Y. on Saturday, Dec. 16 to play against Cornell. The Golden Grizzlies picked up a 79-77 overtime win.

Sha’Keya Graves recorded a career high 22 points and forced overtime after she made a basket with seven seconds left in regulation. Mercy Agwaniru also had a career high with nine points and led the team with seven rebounds. Taylor Gleason and Leah Somerfield each added nine points, and Taylor Jones recorded 12 points.


MBB vs Towson: Oakland men’s basketball earned a 97-86 victory over Towson on Wednesday, Dec. 20 at the O’rena.

For the second time this season, three Golden Grizzlies scored 20 or more points. Kendrick Nunn led with 31 points and recorded a career high seven three-pointers. Jalen Hayes added 25 points and 10 rebounds to record his sixth double-double of the season to lead the Horizon League. Martez Walker put up 20 points and added four assists. This win ended the Tigers’ 10 game winning streak.


WBB @ Old Dominion: Women’s basketball had four players score double digits in a 80-59 victory over Old Dominion on Thursday, Dec. 21 in Las Vegas at the Holiday Hoops Classic.

Jones led Oakland with her season-high 20 points while Graves added 15 points of her own and had a career high seven assists. Somerfield recorded 12 points, and Gleason had 11 points and five steals. The team made an overall 75 percent of attempted free throws.


MBB vs EMU: On Friday, Dec. 22, men’s basketball faced Eastern Michigan University on the Blacktop. Oakland came out on top, winning 91-80 in front of 3,661 fans, the largest home crowd of the season.

Hayes led the team with a career high 37 points and had eight rebounds. Nunn added 20 points, and Walker put up 12 points. With 51 seconds left in the regulation, Nick Daniels made a three-pointer to give the Golden Grizzlies a six point lead. He ended the game with 10 points.


WBB @ Arkansas at Pine Bluff: On Friday, Dec. 22, women’s basketball continued play in Las Vegas at the Holiday Hoops Classic against Arkansas at Pine Bluff. Oakland recorded a 69-37 victory for a fourth consecutive win.

Both Graves and Jones added 13 points to Oakland’s total and each had three assists. Korrin Taylor led the team in assists with four, and Chloe Guingrich had a career high three steals. Nikita Telesford also added nine points and had eight rebounds.

Graves was All-Tournament Team selection.


WBB @ Cleveland State: Women’s basketball opened league play at Cleveland State on Thursday, Dec. 28. The Golden Grizzlies fell 70-62.

Gleason recorded a team-high 16 points while Somerfield came in close behind with 14 points and a total of 12 rebounds for her third double-double of the season. Cierra Bond scored 13 points with three rounds and two assists. Defensively, Guingrich led Oakland with three steals.


MBB @ Milwaukee: Men’s basketball played their first league game of the season at Milwaukee on Thursday, Dec. 28. Oakland took the win 76-68.

Offensively, Nunn tied his career high 36 points to lead the Golden Grizzlies. Nunn also hit five three-pointers and seven of eight attempted free throws. Rounding out the double digit scorers, Walker recorded 14 points and Hayes put up 10 points. Isaiah Brock led the team in rebounds with 11 while Daniels recorded a career high eight assists.


WBB @ Youngstown: For the fifth and final road game, women’s basketball visited Youngstown State on Saturday, Dec. 30. Oakland won their first game of the regular season 58-48.

Gleason led the Golden Grizzlies’ offense with 14 points and two three-pointers. With 13 points and 11 rebounds, Somerfield recorded her second consecutive double-double. Telesford and Guingrich each had four offensive rebounds.  

The Black and Gold is now 1-1 in the Horizon League, and they will host Wright State at the Blacktop on Thursday, Jan. 4


MBB @ Green Bay: On Saturday, Dec. 30, men’s basketball traveled to Green Bay for the second game of the regular season. The Phoenix topped the Golden Grizzlies 80-79.

Nunn’s 33 points led Oakland’s offense. He hit eight three-pointers and made 23 of the 33 points in the second half. Hayes put up 19 points and 12 rebounds for his seventh double-double of the season. Walker added 18 points while Brock had six blocks and 11 rebounds on defense.

Oakland currently has a Horizon League record of 1-1, and they will take on Northern Kentucky at the O’rena on Friday, Jan. 5.