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February 13, 2014

Oakland University women's basketball sweeps season series against University of Detroit Mercy

By Mark Vest
C & G Sports Writer

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Oakland University women's basketball sweeps season series against  University of Detroit Mercy
Oakland University forward Olivia Nash is pictured attempting to defend University of Detroit Mercy senior Megan Hatter Feb. 13 at the O'Rena. The Golden Grizzlies came away with a 97-78 victory to sweep the season series.

ROCHESTER — Oakland University's women's basketball made it a clean sweep against the University of Detroit Mercy in the Golden Grizzlies' inaugural season in the Horizon League, coming away with a 97-78 victory against the Titans Feb. 13 inside the O'Rena.

Oakland defeated UDM 78-63 in the first meeting of the season Jan. 11 at Calihan Hall.

After Detroit (4-19 overall, 1-9 Horizon League) scored the first basket of the game, Oakland (11-13 overall, 6-5 Horizon League) went on an 11-0 run and never trailed the rest of the contest. Although the Titans only trailed 40-36 at the half, the Golden Grizzlies had two 12-point runs in the second half that helped them widen the gap and take firm control of the game.

While any win is likely to be considered a good one for Oakland coach Jeff Tungate, the meaning of playing Detroit was not lost on him.

"We need to win Horizon League games, whether that's Detroit, whether that's whoever," he said. "I think it's great, because it's a great atmosphere from a crowd standpoint. People are interested in it. It gets a lot of media exposure, it gets a lot of fans to come out and watch it. I downplay it a little bit. My expectation level of our players is the same, no matter who we're playing. But I think from a fan standpoint, an alumni standpoint, a community standpoint, a media standpoint, it's great to be able to play a school this close."

 Megan Galloway led Detroit with 21 points, with teammate Tayelor McCalister chipping in with 19 points. Senee Shearer added 17 points for the Titans.

Elena Popkey led Oakland with 18 points; Peyton Apsey added 16 points for the Golden Grizzlies, with Bethany Watterworth contributing 15.

UDM is scheduled to play at 1 p.m. Feb. 15 in a road game against Cleveland State. Oakland's next game is scheduled for 7 p.m. Feb. 18 against Wright State at home.

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