Dec. 22, 2013
KALAMAZOO, Mich. - Olivia Nash scored a career-best 20 points and Bethany Watterworth added 17 as the Oakland women's basketball team (4-7) earned its second-consecutive victory, defeating Western Michigan (3-7), 72-62, Sunday afternoon at University Arena. This marks the first road win of the season for the Golden Grizzlies.
"Really proud of our team," said head coach Jeff Tungate. "Our bench was huge today. They stepped up at a time we really needed them. We guarded and did a nice job executing our sets. I really enjoy being around this group. It's fun watching them improve daily."
Nash's 20 points came on a career-best 5 3-pointers and is the first Oakland player this season to go over the 20-point mark. Watterworth scored a season-best 17 points on 7-of-13 shooting and Kim Bee added 10 points for her fourth double-figure point performance of the season. Elena Popkey grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds, her second career double-digit rebound effort and added nine points.
Oakland held a 34-28 margin going into halftime despite trailing by as many as six points with 9 minutes remaining. OU finished the half on a 17-5 run led by Watterworth and Popkey with six points each. Nash score 12 of her 20 points in the half hitting four 3-pointers.
The second half was tightly contested as the Broncos fought back to take a 48-44 advantage with under 12 minutes left in regulation. Oakland would then go on a 15-0 run as Michele Hayes scored seven points off the bench and Nash capped off the run with her fifth triple of the game. Oakland sealed the victory by going 9-of-13 from the free throw line in the final five minutes.
Western Michigan was led by Miracle Woods with 13 points, while Jazmine Windham and Alex Morton added 10 points each.
Oakland will continue its two-game road swing next Sunday as they travel to Minnesota to take on the Gophers on Dec. 29 starting at 3 p.m. ET