Women’s Basketball announces 2021-22 schedule

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The Oakland University women’s basketball team has released their schedule for the 2021-22 season.

Christian Tate, Sports Reporter

The Golden Grizzlies will host 11 out of 22 conference games in the O’Rena and will be up against some very stiff competition this season. 

The Golden Grizzlies non-conference schedule consists of a total of seven games beginning with their home opener on Tuesday, Nov. 9 against Toledo. After that, they have a matchup against Niagara on Nov. 12. 

After this two game stretch in the O’Rena, the Golden Grizzlies will go on to face two Big Ten opponents in back-to-back games against Michigan on Nov. 22 and Michigan State on Dec. 8. 

The Golden Grizzlies will then get on the road to face Central Michigan on Dec. 7, and will close out the non-conference portion of their season with two games in the Las Vegas South Point Holiday Hoops Classic against Marshall on Dec. 20 and Campbell on Dec. 21. 

Opening the season up with four straight home games, they will face Youngstown State on Nov. 18, Robert Morris on Nov. 20, UIC on Dec. 2 and will round off the homestand with a game against the Horizon League Tournament runner-up IUPUI on Dec. 4. These games, along with every league game, will be broadcast live on ESPN3 and ESPN+. 

After this stint of home games, the Golden Grizzlies will then hit the road for a four game stretch starting with Milwaukee on Dec. 30, proceeded by a New Year’s Day game against Green Bay, followed by a date with Purdue Fort Wayne on Jan. 6. The road trip will conclude with a face-off against Cleveland State on Jan. 8. 

After that, the Golden Grizzlies will host defending league champion Wright State on Jan. 13, followed by a showdown with Northern Kentucky on Jan. 15 before playing back-to-back games against rival school Detroit Mercy in the annual Metro Series competition on Jan. 20. They then will start another road stint, traveling to play Calihan Hall on Jan. 22. 

The road trip continues as the team heads out for a tour of rematches with Robert Morris on Jan. 28, Youngstown State on Jan. 30, IUPUI on Feb. 4 and finally UIC on Feb. 6. After this, the Golden Grizzlies will conclude the home half of their schedule with a four game home stand against Green Bay on Feb. 10, Milwaukee on Feb. 12, Cleveland State on Feb. 17 and their final home Senior Day game against Purdue Fort Wayne on Feb. 19. 

The conference regular season concludes for the Golden Grizzlies with two conference road games against Northern Kentucky on Feb. 24 and their final game against Wright State on Feb. 26. After this, they will prepare for the Horizon League tournament. 

The tournament begins on March 1 and continues until March 3 at various different campus sites, with both the semifinals and championship games taking place at the Indiana Farmers Coliseum in Indianapolis, Indiana from March 7-8.   

Last season, the Golden Grizzlies concluded their 12-12 [12-8] season in the championship quarterfinals with an 86-64 loss to the eventual tournament runner-up, IUPUI. With new team captains Kahlaijah Dean, Breanne Beatty and head coach Jeff Tungate returning to help lead the program, the team’s outlook is hopeful as they look to compete in the Horizon League.