Oakland’s fierce women’s basketball team defeats their rivals


The Oakland women’s basketball team put on a show at Calihan Hall against the Titans of the University of Detroit Mercy, pulling out a 81-66 victory on Wednesday, Jan. 18. 

Senior Breanne Beatty had herself a night with a remarkable performance. She scored 21 points and also had five rebounds. 

Freshman guard Brooke Quarles-Daniels contributed 17 points in the rivalry matchup, as well.  

The Grizzlies unloaded early — there was too much Oakland offense for the Titans to handle. 

Alexis Johnson got it started wasting zero time knocking down the 3-pointer. Oakland was at a 7-3 lead with seven minutes left in the first. 

Aaliyah McQueen hit a triple right off the bat as soon as she subbed into the game that added to Oakland’s dynamic offense. McQueen can give you whatever is needed during games, and she makes an immediate impact when she is in. She shot 5-9, finishing with 13 points — which is her highest of the season. 

Oakland found themselves with the largest lead of 14. The Titans were in a scoring drought.

Beatty had 14 points already with less than five minutes left in the second quarter, putting the Grizzlies up 18. A set, in rhythm, 3-pointer by Kennedie Montue didn’t disturb the net as Oakland’s lead grew larger. 

The Titans had some opportunities in the first two quarters but didn’t quite have an answer for the dominant Oakland team. The Grizzlies were nearly halfway to 100 points at halftime, at a 49-27 score.  

Coming into the third quarter, there wasn’t anything too different than the start of the game that went on. The Titans had a hard time spacing the floor, and Oakland used this to their advantage.

There was a spark in intensity between the two teams as the fourth quarter came. Detroit Mercy’s Myonna Hooper and junior forward Irene Murua picked the pace up for their team, shrinking the deficit to 15. 

With five minutes left it was an 11 point game. Detroit Mercy executed a lot better than before and it came down to them needing some quick stops. 

As time wound down, McQueen got another offensive rebound and put it back up as 1:30 remained. 

Closing out the game with some free throws that kept the Grizzlies on top, was Johnson. She ended with a double-double, with 10 points and 11 boards. 

Oakland ran the clock out on their last possession and this win added another notch in their belt.