Golden Grizzlies Invited to the Ball

Let'sDance-Small.jpg (10259 bytes)Oakland began the 2001-02 season expecting to three-peat and win its first ever Mid-Continent Conference Tournament Championship. The Golden Grizzlies started the conference season 2-3 and things looked bleak. But a six-game win-streak jumped OU back into the race, until Valpo went on a 10-game winning-streak and the Golden Grizzlies looked at the season with a new perspective. Focus on the Mid-Con Tournament. That is just what they did and found themselves in the Athletics Center O’rena Sunday afternoon watching the ESPN Selection Show. The question wasn’t if they were in the dance, but who they were going to dance with.

OU won all three tournament games thanks to Sarah Judd’s MVP performance, averaging 29.3 ppg, 8.3 rpg and 3.3 bpg. Judd scored a tournament record 38 points in the title game between top seed Valparaiso (24-6) and the #2 seed OU Grizzlies, as Oakland defeated Valpo in the rubber match, 52-40. The win gave Oakland the Mid-Con’s automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament and Cinderella was headed to the ball.

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Senior Sarah Judd

The Golden Grizzlies received a #16 seed from the NCAA Selection Committee and was put in the Mideast Region where they would face top seed Vanderbilt. OU headed to Nashville, Tennessee and hoped to repeat the miracle Harvard pulled off a few years ago when they knocked off top seed Stanford in Palo Alto, California. OU got within 10 twice but couldn’t get within single digits as the Commodores ended Oakland’s dream season, 63-38.

Oakland began the season with five top 25 teams on its schedule and opened up with #13 Florida in Gainesville, Florida Friday, November 16. OU led throughout the entire first half, but watched the Gators end the first half on a 6-0 run and Oakland trailed, 31-28, after 20 minutes. The Golden Grizzlies remained close to the mighty Gators, but when Judd got in four trouble, 6-5 Vanessa Hayden scored 16 straight points for UF, who downed OU 84-65. Katie Wolfe and Sarah Judd led the way for Oakland. Wolfe scored a season-high 30 points, while Judd added 24. (0-1)

The Golden Grizzlies returned home Tuesday, November 20th to face in-state rival Central Michigan. OU’s Amanda Batcha was perfect against the Chippewas scoring a season-high 18 points, including 8-for-8 from the floor and 2-for-2 at the free throw line. The freshman helped Oakland defeat CMU for the third straight year, 69-58. Batcha and Judd led the way with 18 points each. (1-1)

After CMU, Oakland headed across the border to face Niagara University in Niagara, New York Sunday, November 25th. The game was tied at the half, 31-31, and remained that way for the entire game. Niagara held a 56-53 lead with 1:00 left after Jessica Kemp hit a three-pointer. Two free throws by junior Katie Wolfe cut the deficit to 56-55 with 49 seconds left. Niagara’s Katie Murphy then had her three-point attempt blocked by OU's Sarah Judd and Romica Clint grabbed the rebound and went the length of the court for the layup with 29 seconds left to give Oakland a 57-56 lead. Niagara had a chance to tie, but Kemp’s lay-up with 10 seconds left was off the mark and Judd was fouled on the rebound. She hit both shots for the final points of the game. Kemp’s three-pointer at the buzzer was off the mark, giving Oakland the 59-56 win. Wolfe set a school record with her 17-for-19 effort at the free throw line. She finished the game with 23 points, while Judd scored 21. (2-1)

Next up for the Grizzlies was the University of Detroit December 3rd. Detroit remained undefeated against OU at home as they won 70-55. The Golden Grizzlies shot just 34 percent (20-58) from the floor in the game. Katie Wolfe and Sarah Judd were the only Grizzly players in double figures with 20 and 12 points respectively. (2-2)

The road trip continued in-state as Oakland traveled to East Lansing to face Michigan State December 5th. The Spartans were off to their best start ever and were looking to prove the mighty Big Ten cannot be beaten. Oakland remained in the game despite foul trouble for starters Amanda Batcha, Katie Wolfe and Sarah Judd. OU trailed by four at the half, 29-25, but grabbed an early lead in the second half. With three minutes remaining, OU led by eight points as Sarah Judd converted a basket to give the Golden Grizzlies a 48-40 lead. On the defensive end, Wolfe tried to pick up a charging foul but was whistled for a charge and fouled out of the game. Wolfe sidelined now, OU had its biggest leader off the floor. MSU took advantage going on a 10-1 run over a two-minute span and Oakland trailed by three. Judd attempted a three-pointer with 30 seconds left in the game and the ball went in-and-out as OU fell 55-53. Wolfe led the way with 19 points, six rebounds and four assists. Judd scored 14 points and eight rebounds, while Leigh Tully concluded the game with a season-high 11 points. (2-3)

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Junior Katie Wolfe

Morehead State came to Rochester December 8th to face Oakland. Despite never losing to the Lady Eagles, OU found themselves in a dog-fight. Oakland led 40-36 after 20 minutes but Morehead State continued to pressure. After 12 lead changes over a five-minute span, OU trailed 75-73 with 47 seconds remaining. OU's Kipp tied the game for the ninth time in the game, 75-75 with just 23 seconds left. Morehead State held for the last shot. With just 10 seconds to go the Lady Eagles ran a backdoor screen and MSU's Travece Turner hit the layup with two seconds on the game clock. Clint tried a desperation heave from half court but was off the mark as Oakland fell 77-75. Romica Clint and Katie Wolfe ended the game as leading scorers with 22 points each. Sarah Judd chipped in with 15 points, while Lori Kipp dished out a season-high seven assists. (2-4)

The home stand continued as Big East contender Boston College (#20 before the NCAA Tournament) came to the O’rena December 10th. BC began the game on a 10-2 run and never looked back as the Golden Grizzlies fell by 21, 74-53. Katie Wolfe led the way with 15 points, while Clint scored 13 and Judd added 12 for OU. (2-5)

Oakland welcomed Dartmouth into the Athletics Center O’Rena December 15th. The Golden Grizzlies employed a fast pace tempo against the Green Wave scoring 38 points in the first half and leading by 11, 38-27. Both teams scored 33 points in the second till as Oakland ended a four-game losing streak, 71-60. Katie Wolfe and Sarah Judd led the way for OU. Wolfe scored a game-high 27 points, dishing out seven assists and grabbing four rebounds. Judd scored 22 points, eight rebounds and six assists. (3-5)

The ninth ranked Georgia Bulldogs came into the O’Rena undefeated at 7-0 on December 19th. Oakland hung tough in the first till trailing by seven, 38-31, at the end of the first half. The bigger bulldogs dominated OU on the glass in the second half and ran away from the Golden Grizzlies 72-51. Wolfe and Judd were the only OU players in double figures, scoring 18 and 12 points respectively. (3-6)

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Freshman Amanda Batcha

Next up for Oakland was #13 Michigan in Ann Arbor. Michigan opened the game as the Wolverines hit two baskets to make it a 4-0 lead after two minutes of play. OU played most of the first half without freshman center Amanda Batcha as she picked up three fouls in the games first two minutes. The Golden Grizzlies took their first lead at the 16:20 mark as junior Katie Wolfe drained a pair of free-throws to make it a 5-4 game. The Wolverines went on a 9-0 run before halftime and led 34-25 at the break. Leading OU at the half was senior Sarah Judd as she tallied 10 points and pulled down eight rebounds. Wolfe recorded eight points as she was 2-5 from three-point range. In the second half Michigan dominated as the Wolverines stingy defense held OU to only three points until Judd made a basket at the 9:23 mark to make it 58-30 game. Michigan downed OU with its solid play in the low-post as the Wolverines poured in 28 points in the paint to win by the final of 71-42. Leading OU was Judd as she recorded a double-double with 17 points and 12 rebounds. Wolfe chipped in with 13 points. Leading the way for the Wolverines was center Jennifer Smith as she had a game-high 22 points and pulled down nine boards. (3-7)

The Golden Grizzlies kicked off a two game homestead with old Mid-Con foe Youngstown State December 28th. OU never trailed and Sarah Judd came three assists from a triple-double, scoring 22 points, a season-high 16 rebounds, seven assists and two blocks. Katie Wolfe scored a game-high 23 points, while freshman Amanda Batch added 10 for the Golden Grizzlies. (4-7)

The final home game of 2001 came in the form of #15/16 Colorado State December 30th. Both teams battled through the first 10 minutes of the first half exchanging five lead changes with Oakland leading 18-14 with 10:24 left until half. Neither team made a run as they both traded baskets and the Golden Grizzlies led 26-21 with just over three minutes to go in the first period. OU extended to its largest lead of the half to nine, 34-25 outscoring the Rams 8-2. OU increased its lead to 13 on a Wolfe jumper, 38-25 56 seconds into the second half. Colorado State answered with a three-pointer and a jumper to cut the deficit to eight, 38-30 with 18:14 remaining in the game. Oakland outscored CSU 28-12 over the next 16 minutes to gain its largest lead of the game at 14 points, 66-52 with 2:59 to go. Colorado State used the three-point

shot, along with steals, to creep back into the game hitting four in two minutes cutting OU's lead to 74-69 with 37 seconds left in the contest. After some missed free throws, Judd came up with a big clock on a three-point attempt by CSU and made her free throws to ice the fifteenth ranked Rams, 77-71. Pacing the Golden Grizzly offense was Judd. Her 26 points was a game-high, three assists, three blocks and three steals en route to being named Mid-Con Player of the Week (½/02). Wolfe came one board away from her first double-double of the season with her 21 points and nine rebounds. (5-7)

GrizzliesAction2001-02.jpg (107650 bytes)OU’s last non-conference game came against UM-Dearborn on January 3rd, 2002. Oakland shot 53 percent (36-67) and held the Wolves to three points in the first half as the Golden Grizzlies defeated the Wolves, 84-18. Sarah Judd scored 14 points in 18 minutes of action, while Amanda Batcha scored 11. Freshman Ashley Holenka ended the game with her season-high 11 points, including 1-for-3 from long range. (6-7)

Mid-Con play began in the O’Rena on January 5th. Oakland tried to avenge a 30-point loss at Southern Utah last season and did so winning 62-45. The Golden Grizzlies controlled the game from the tip off and started 1-0 in the conference. Judd continued to play well with 25 points, five rebounds, three assists, two blocks and two steals. Katie Wolfe scored 20 points for the Golden Grizzlies and dished out three assists. Romica Clint had a team-high four assists in the game. (7-7, 1-0 Mid-Con)

Chicago State was next for Oakland inside the O’Rena on January 7th. The Golden Grizzlies held a 6-0 record against the Lady Cougars and planned and beginning the conference 2-0. CSU used the long range attack against the Golden Grizzlies as they nailed 5-of-6 three-pointers in the first 20 minutes to gain a 14-point advantage at the half, 39-25. The Golden Grizzlies jump started a second half comeback with seven straight points cutting CSU's lead to just seven, 39-32, with 16:39 remaining in the game. Chicago State responded, thanks to some missed free throws by OU, outscoring them 16-8 over five minutes for a 55-40 lead. The hole got deeper for Oakland as the Lady Cougars hit three three-pointers and led by 25, 73-48 with

4:18 left in the game. OU's Judd led a late comeback with seven points in a 17-0 Oakland run as the gap was cut to eight, 73-65, with 1:30 remaining. Chicago State ended any hopes of a victory for the Golden Grizzlies by making all 10 free throws down the stretch to edge OU 83-69. Judd led all scorers with a double-double, scoring 27 points, grabbing 14 rebounds, and recording three blocks, two steals and two assists. Katie Wolfe scored 15 points, grabbed four rebounds and three assists. Romica Clint rounded out double figure scoring for OU with 13 points and five assists. (7-8, 1-1 Mid-Con)

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Junior Romica Clint

The Golden Grizzlies began a two-game road trip in Tulsa, Oklahoma against Oral Roberts January 12th. The game was a battle between the two favored schools to win the conference. The first half was closely contested as the Golden Grizzlies trailed by three, 29-26,at the end of the first half. In the second half the Grizzlies kept it close as OU jumped out to a 36-35 lead off of Clint's three-pointer at the 15:34 mark. The Golden Eagles answered as ORU got the lead back off a Cori Williston three-pointer to increase the lead to 10, 48-38 with 12:17

left in the game. The Golden Eagles put the game out of the Grizzlies reach as ORU lead by as much as 14 in the second half and went on to win 64-53. Leading OU was senior Sarah Judd as she collected 16 points and junior Katie Wolfe rounded out OU's double-figure scoring with

11 points. Freshman Amanda Batch pulled down a game high nine rebounds and also chipped in six points. (7-9, 1-2 Mid-Con)

Monday’s game was played in Kansas City, Missouri against UMKC January 14th. The Golden Grizzlies dominated the Kangaroos in the first half outscoring them 45-18 in the first 20 minutes. Oakland went onto a 26-point victory, 81-55, in the Swinney Recreation Center. Leading the way for Oakland offensively was Wolfe with 26 points. Wolfe shot 77 percent from the field hitting 10 of her 13 shots. She was also 2-3 from the three-point range and 4-4 from the line. Judd recorded a double-double scoring 13 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. She also dished out three assists, blocked three shots and had one steal in the victory. Rounding off the double figure scorers for the Golden Grizzlies was Clint with 12 points. (8-9, 2-2 Mid-Con)

Oakland and IUPUI were matched up in game five of conference play on January 19th. The Golden Grizzlies had never lost to the Jaguars inside the O’Rena. The first half witnessed eight lead changes as IUPUI led 40-33. IUPUI held a three point advantage, 68-65 with just two minutes remaining. After a Jaguar miss, the Golden Grizzlies misfired on three straight opportunities to scored as they remained down three. The Jaguars couldn’t slam the door on OU as they missed the front end of a one-and-one and OU had life again. Sarah Judd attempted a three-pointer but missed, Batcha grabbed a huge offensive rebound and Judd let another fly, this time in-and-out as were the Golden Grizzly chances to win the game, falling 72-67. Judd recorded her sixth double-double of the season with 23 points and 10 rebounds. Romica Clint and Katie Wolfe each scored 12 points for Oakland. (8-10, 2-3 Mid-Con)

Oakland was off to its slowest start since beginning Mid-Con play in the 1999-2000 season. Coming into Rochester January 26th was league-leading Valparaiso who was on a school record 10-game winning-streak. The first 20 minutes had eight lead changes as Oakland grabbed the final one of the first till with no time on clock capping a 8-0 run, leading 36-35 at the end of the first half. After two lead changes in the second half, Oakland used an 18-0 run mid-way through to put Valpo away, 70-56. Katie Wolfe led the way with 25 points and eight assists. Sarah Judd added 15 points for the Golden Grizzlies, eight rebounds and five assists. Romica Clint scored 11 points for OU. (9-10, 3-3 Mid-Con)

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Head Coach Beckie Francis Received the Game Ball
After OU Winning the Mid-Con Tournament

The win against Valparaiso gave Oakland some needed confidence as they welcomed Western Illinois in the O’Rena January 28th. The first half was close with OU holding a five-point lead, 31-26, but used three runs of seven, eight and 10 points to down the Westerwinds, 64-47. Wolfe scored 18 points and had six assists for OU, while Judd chipped in with 17 points and nine rebounds. Amanda Batcha was also in double figures with 12 points and nine rebounds. (10-10, 4-3 Mid-Con)

The Golden Grizzlies headed on the road with their red hot attack in Chicago, Illinois to avenge an earlier season loss to the Lady Cougars, February 2nd. Oakland opened up an 11-point lead at the half, 38-27, limiting CSU to three three-pointers in the first half. The second half became a wild race to the finish line as CSU grabbed its first lead of the game on a three-pointer by Bridgette Kelly with two minutes to go. Krisey Sanders extended CSU’s lead to three with a minute to go. After an OU basket, the Golden Grizzlies fouled Kelly for a one-and-one try. Kelly converted on one-of-two as the Grizzlies trailed by two with 15 seconds to go. Katie Wolfe took the ball the length of the floor and tied the contest with seven seconds on layup, 63-63. CSU had one last chance but misfired and the game headed into overtime. Sarah Judd took over in the extra five minutes scoring six points as OU defeated CSU, 76-71 in overtime. Judd had her seventh double-double of the season with 22 points and 11 rebounds. Romica Clint scored a career-high 25 points for the Golden Grizzlies to lead all scorers. Wolfe scored 17 points and four assists for Oakland. (11-10, 5-3 Mid-Con)

Cedar City, Utah was the next stop for Oakland who carried in a three-game winning-streak, February 4th. There were 10 lead changes in the first half but OU led 39-37. The Golden Grizzlies held a 10-point advantage late, but it slipped away thanks to some long range shooting by the T-Birds. OU’s Romica Clint ended any chance of SUU tying the game by nailing two free throws and putting Oakland up by five, 75-70, with just three seconds remaining. OU’s Sarah Judd scored 33 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks to pace the OU offense. She was named Mid-Con Player of the Week for her efforts. Wolfe scored 14 for OU, while Clint added 14. (12-10, 6-3 Mid-Con)

OU’s four-game win streak was on the line at home against UMKC February 9th. The first 10 minutes of the game was closely contested, but the Golden Grizzlies used a 14-4 run to grab its largest lead of the game, 40-26, at the end of the first half. The second half was more of the same as the Grizzlies coasted to a 21-point victory, 70-49, for their fifth straight victory. Sarah Judd continued to dominate as she ended the game with 27 points and 10 rebounds. She added five assists and blocked four Kangaroo shots. Wolfe and Clint scored in double figures with 17 and 14 respectively. (13-10, 7-3 Mid-Con)

The hottest team in the Mid-Con had become Oakland as they welcomed Oral Roberts to Rochester February 11th. OU looked to get over its four-game losing streak against the Golden Eagles heading into this contest. The second-place Golden Grizzlies wasted little time in establishing who was the better team this season opening up a 13-point advantage at the half. The second half was no better for the Golden Eagles as OU rolled, 78-57. The win gave Oakland its sixth straight win in Mid-Con play and kept them a game-and-a-half behind Valparaiso. Judd went head-to-head with ORU’s Krista Ragan and scored 22 points and 10 rebounds in 33 minutes of action. Romica Clint scored her fourth highest total of the season at 22, while Wolfe chipped in with 17. Amanda Batcha was perfect from the field converting on all three shots, including two free throws for 10 points. She also grabbed eight boards for the Golden Grizzlies. (14-10, 8-3 Mid-Con)

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Senior Lori Kipp

Oakland’s last three regular season games were on the road beginning in Indianapolis, Indiana February 16th. The Golden Grizzlies saw their six-game winning streak, and their chances of winning the regular season, come to a halt as they suffered their worst defeat of the season, 82-52. Valparaiso locked up the regular season crown with the OU loss and the Crusader victory (11-1). Katie Wolfe led the way with 15 points, while Judd scored 12. She also blocked a career-high six shots. (14-11, 8-4 Mid-Con)

With second place still in doubt, OU headed to Macomb, Illinois February 23rd trying to shake its last outing. The Grizzlies used a 10-0 run at the start of the game and were up by as many as 14, 19-5 at the 11:47 mark off a Katie Wolfe three-pointer. Western Illinois responded by posting a 31-12 run and led 36-31 at the half. The Westerwinds never let up as WIU led by as many as 13 at the 12:39 mark as Jessica Cook hit a jumper to make it a 54-41 game. Oakland would cut the Westerwinds led down to nine but never got closer to that and lost to WIU, 75-62. Leading OU was Sarah Judd as she recorded a game-high 22 points and pulled down a team-leading five boards. Clint scored 20 points for the Grizzlies, while Wolfe added 10. (14-12, 8-5 Mid-Con)

The final regular season game came against regular season champions Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, Indiana February 25th. Valpo looked to payback Oakland for handing them their only conference loss of the season. The game began very slow as there were only 18 points scored halfway through the first half. OU’s Sarah Judd was in foul trouble early and the Crusaders led 34-21 after 20 minutes. Oakland got within striking distance early in the second half, but fell late 73-58. Thanks to a Western Illinois victory over IUPUI, and a Chicago State victory over Oral Roberts, Oakland locked up the #2 seed for the 2002 Mid-Con Tournament in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The trio of Sarah Judd, Katie Wolfe and Romica Clint all scored in double figures. Judd led all scorers with 18 points, while Wolfe scored 15 and Clint scored 10. The Golden Grizzlies ended the regular season 14-13 overall, 8-6 in the Mid-Con ... 2nd place.

Sarah Judd, Katie Wolfe and Amanda Batch were honored by the coaches and media for their performances for the season. Judd was named Player of the Year by the media and selected to the All-Mid-Con first team for the third consecutive season. Wolfe was also honored in both polls as a first team member for the third straight year. Batcha was selected to the All-Freshman Team in the media poll. The team was named on March 1st, 2002.

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Selection Show Sunday

Heading into the tourney, Oakland had lost three straight games and there were some major concerns, with IUPUI being their first round opponent who had beaten them twice. On March 2nd the two teams met for the third time. The first half began with six lead changes and two ties as Oakland trailed, 18-15, with 11:29 left in the half. The Golden Grizzlies took their second lead of the game courtesy of a 17-0 run as they led 32-18 with 5:45 remaining until halftime. OU went cold over a four-minute span that saw IUPUI climb back into the game as they only trailed by nine, 37-28, after 20 minutes of play. Wolfe led all scorers with 14 points, while Judd had 12. Wolfe hit a three-pointer to start the second half and OU extended its lead to 11, 48-37, six minutes in. IUPUI used a 5-0 run to get within striking distance, 57-49, with 3:44 left in the game. OU's Judd wouldn't let the game slip away as she came up with some big blocks and the Golden Grizzlies held on 63-53. Wolfe scored a game-high 21 points, while dishing out seven assists. Judd scored 20 points, grabbed nine rebounds, blocked a career-high tying six shots and had four steals. Freshman Amanda Batcha grabbed 11 rebounds to lead OU on the glass. Batcha also added three assists and two points. (15-13)

The semifinals game saw a rematch of the 2001 Mid-Con Championship game between #6 Oral Roberts and #2 Oakland, March 4th. Both teams came out aggressive as Oakland led early 13-10, five minutes into the contest. OU’s Katie Wolfe gave OU its largest lead of the half at eight, 23-15, connecting on three straight shots from behind the arc. ORU came back to tie the game at 23 thanks to a 8-0 run, with 8:49 remaining in the first half. The Golden Grizzlies reclaimed their lead on a 9-0 run over four minutes and led 32-23 with five minutes until halftime. Oakland was outscored 13-8 over the final five minutes courtesy of nine second chance points for Oral Roberts as OU’s lead was down to four, 40-36, after 20 minutes of play. Wolfe and Sarah combined for 27 points in the first till. OU grabbed a six-point advantage, 51-45 as Judd completed a three-point play at the 14:41 minute mark. After Oral Roberts climbed within two, the Grizzlies used a 9-2 run to give them some breathing space, 65-56, with 7:17 left in the game. ORU’s Krista Ragan scored eight points for the Golden Eagles and got them within six, 65-59, after hitting a deep three-pointer at the 6:00 minute mark. Neither team budged as the defense was picked up and OU held the lead, 67-61 with just 3:49 remaining. Judd ended a three-minute drought for the Golden Grizzlies completing a three-point play at the 1:47 minute mark. ORU’s Ragan answered hitting a three as the lead was cut to just two, 70-68, with 59 seconds left. The Golden Grizzlies missed but Wolfe came up with a huge offensive rebound with 31.7 seconds. Oral Roberts put Judd to the line with 21 seconds and she converted on both free throws as the Grizzlies led 72-68. After an Golden Eagles miss, Judd grabbed the board and iced the game at the free throw line, 74-71. Along with her 30 points, Judd had five rebounds, five assists, three blocks and three steals. Wolfe scored 21 points, seven rebounds and four assists. Romica Clint (Toledo/Scott) added 18 points and a career-high 10 rebounds for her first double-double of the season. Oakland headed to the final game for the second consecutive season. (16-13)

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The Golden Grizzlies at the Mid-Con Championship

The two top seeds met in the championship game for the second straight tournament with #1 Valpo and #2 Oakland. The two teams were going to settle the score with each team winning at home in the regular season. The championship game was played on Wednesday, March 5th. Valparaiso slowed the pace of the game way down, but never had the lead as the Golden Grizzlies led 22-20 after 20 minutes of play. The second half witnessed the single greatest performance of any player in OU history. Sarah Judd took the game on her shoulders and scored a tournament record 38 points (24 in the second half) as OU earned the conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament, 52-40. Judd also grabbed 12 rebounds for her 10th double-double of the season. Katie Wolfe had a tournament-high eight assists and Oakland nailed 17-of-18 free throws in the game (sixth best in tourney history). (17-13)

After the game, the celebration began as Sarah Judd was named 2002 MCC Tourney MVP. Katie Wolfe was elected to the All-Tournament team as well for the Golden Grizzlies. Next up for OU was the Selection Show to see where they were going to the ball.

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The slipper was passed and Oakland was given a tough blow with a 16 seed and a date with #1 Vanderbilt in the Mideast Region. #8 Wisconsin and #9 Arizona State were matched up in the other game. Oakland scored the first basket of the game, but couldn’t manage too many to drop after that point. The Golden Grizzlies trailed by as many as 10 points early in the second half, but couldn’t get past that point in the 63-38 defeat. OU’s Sarah Judd did manage a block on Vandy’s 6-6 All-American center Chantelle Andersen in the game. Judd finished the game with 14 points, six rebounds and two blocks. Katie Wolfe led the way with 16 points, four rebounds and two assists. Oakland ended its dream season with a 17-14 record.

The 2001-02 season had many ups and downs for the Golden Grizzlies. With so much expectation, defending back-to-back titles, and no trips to the dance, Oakland was dreaming of something more. OU got off to a slow start in the Mid-Con, 2-3, but raced back into contention with a six-game winning-streak. A fatal loss at IUPUI cost the Golden Grizzlies a regular season title, but perhaps the drive to win their first tournament championship. That is just what happened on the back of Sarah Judd as the Golden Grizzlies went dancin’ in the streets of Nashville, Tennessee. Oakland became Cinderella who’s beauty was finally witnessed by the entire nation, in the greatest reward in college basketball, being invited to the dance.

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