Host: Oakland Golden Grizzlies (0-0)
11/13: Oakland vs UM-Dearborn
Game Notes: Oakland
ROCHESTER, Mich. – The Oakland women’s basketball team opens the 2015-16 campaign against UM-Dearborn on Friday, Nov. 13 at 11 a.m. The game is part of Education Day as multiple grade school groups will be making fields trips to be in attendance.
UM-DEARBORN BREAKDOWN: UM-Dearborn (0-2) enters the game on a two-game skid recently losing to Goshen College, 93-42. Last season, the Wolverines finished 5-25 and 3-19 in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) conference. Jenna Rodgers (7.5 ppg) and Marisa Sauve (7.0 ppg) lead the team in scoring. Oakland holds a perfect 20-0 record against UMD winning the last meeting in 12-20-13, 100-49.
OAKLAND PICKED FIFTH HORIZON LEAGUE PRESEASON POLL: Oakland received 162 points and was picked to finish fifth in the 2015-16 Horizon League Preseason Poll, announced by the league office on Monday (Nov. 9). Elena Popkey and Olivia Nash were All-League Second Team selections.
NASH ON 1,000 POINT CLUB BRINK: Nash only needs one point to reach the prestigious 1000 point club. Last season, Popkey passed 1,000 points at Green Bay (Feb. 4) and 300 assists at Milwaukee (Feb. 6).
RETURNING FIREPOWER: The Golden Grizzlies return a solid group of players who are strong on both sides of the ball in Nash, Popkey, Sinclair Russell and Nola Anderson. Nash finished fifth in the league in scoring (13.0 ppg) and third in rebounding (8.1 rpg) while Popkey placed eighth in scoring (12.2 ppg) followed by Anderson in 10th (11.6 ppg). Popkey also led the league in assists (4.3 apg), ranked third in steals (1.8 spg) and ninth in 3-point field goals made (1.5 tpg). Russell, an All-Defensive Team selection, led the league in blocked shots (1.7 bpg) while placing sixth in rebounds (6.3 rpg).
NEW ADDITIONS: Junior college transfer Nicole Dodd looks to make an immediate impact after averaging 16.6 points and 5.5 rebounds per game last season for Vincennes University, while ranking tops in the NJCAA in free-throw percentage at just under 92 percent and 23rd in 3-point field goal percentage at 42 percent. She finished her two-year career at Vincennes with 1,036 points and a .825 winning percentage. Rio Dudgeon (McDonalds All-American nominee), Taylor Jones (Honorable All-State mention), Jessica Rotzoll (Detroit Free Press Honorable Mention), Sidney Santos (Third-Team All-State selection) and Nikita Telesford (three-time All-Star game selection) will all look to add depth.