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January 31, 2014

Green Bay tops Oakland in women's basketball showdown

By Mark Vest
C & G Sports Writer

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Oakland University women's basketball player Elena Popkey (Warren Cousino High School) is pictured with the ball during a game against the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Jan. 30. The Golden Grizzlies were defeated by a Green Bay team that has won 15 consecutive league titles.

ROCHESTER — Oakland University women's basketball team faced University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, which has won 15 consecutive regular-season league titles. Although Green Bay (11-7 overall, in the 4-2 Horizon league) isn't sitting at the top of the standings this year, the Phoenix proved to be too much for Oakland to handle Jan. 30, as they came away with a 74-58 victory. While Green Bay isn't having the kind of year it has in recent seasons, the success of its women's basketball program wasn't lost on Oakland coach Jeff Tungate. "I talked to the team after the game about winning's just a mentality," he said. "When you've won 15 years in a row, you expect to win. When you have that kind of mentality, good things happen. We're trying to change the mindset. To come into a game like this against Green Bay, where they're expecting to win, we're hoping to win, that's a huge difference. I wanted the players to be aware they won 15 straight, because there's a certain mentality you have to have to make that happen." Oakland (8-12 overall, in the 3-4 league) is scheduled to play at 8 p.m. Feb. 4 in a road game against the University of Illinois at Chicago. Bethany Watterworth (Lake Orion High School) led the Golden Grizzlies with 28 points.

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