The Blitz: Feb. 5, 2020

Grant Richards, Staff Reporter

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The women’s basketball team was the only team at home this past week, facing the University of Detroit Mercy on Friday, Jan. 31. The tennis, men’s basketball and track & field teams took to the road for a week of Horizon League competition.

Men’s Basketball

The Golden Grizzlies rebounded from a difficult stretch last week to go undefeated in this one. While the team did only have one game this week, it was against their longtime rival. Oakland squared off with crosstown rival, The University of Detroit Mercy, and beat them 77-64 to extend their winning streak over Detroit to seven games. Rashad Williams led the team in scoring against the Titans with 37 points on 8-17 shooting. 

On the other side, Antoine Davis had 26 points on 9-25 shooting for Detroit. Davis shot 4-14 from 3-point range and turned the ball over four times.

Other than Williams, three other Golden Grizzlies scored in double figures. Xavier Hill-Mais had 12 points, Brad Brechting had 11 points, and Daniel Oladapo had 10 points.

Tennis

Oakland Tennis handled Akron 5-2 last Sunday in which the Golden Grizzlies overcame two early doubles losses and won five of their six singles matches. Samantha Galloway and Alexandra Whall won the first doubles match, but the team would lost next two. 

Ava Thielman, Nirva Patel, Victoria Kurz, Aarja Chakraborty and Samantha Galloway all recorded singles victories for the Golden Grizzlies. Kurz was the only OU freshman to win in straight sets, while Chakraborty managed to win in straight sets, 6-0 and 6-0. 

Track & Field

Oakland took part in the Jack Skoog Invite at Central Michigan University on Friday, Jan. 31. Freshman Lauren Christian broke a school record in shot put (44’ 1.5”). Brianna Walker would also take events, winning both the 200m and 400m races.

Megan Nichols and Shawn Slater would both win their mile heats as Oakland’s success continued. Chase VanSickle won his high jump contest with a height of 6’ 4.75”. 

Malcolm McIntyre took first in the 200m and took home second place in 60m sprint. 

Oakland swept the medal spots in the 60m hurdles, with Emily Schaub, Hannah Coverdill, and Dasha Ashley finishing respectively. 

In the southern half of the nation, Zach Stadnika is breaking school records and receiving medalsat the Houston 5G & Super 22 Invitational, as he set a school record in the pole vault (4.7m). Stadnika also took home first place in shot put, second in the 60m, and took third in both the long jump and the 1000m.

After the weekend of competition, Oakland will have their sights set on the Notre Dame Meyo Invitational, which spans through Friday and Saturday Feb. 7-8