Jan. 4, 2014
ROCHESTER, Mich. - Bethany Watterworth had a game-high 15 points and nine rebounds to lead the Oakland women's basketball team (5-8) over Rochester College (6-11), 86-39, Saturday afternoon at the Athletics Center O'rena. OU improves to 4-3 at home and 5-8 during the non-conference season.
"Really proud of our team for how they responded coming out in the second half," said head coach Jeff Tungate. "We have to get out to better starts than we did in the first half. Give credit to Rochester College. They had a great game plan, they executed and caused a lot of problems in the first half."
Watterworth moved into fifth place in school history with five free throws to give her 331 for her career. Elena Popkey added 12 points on 5-of-10 shooting and Olivia Nash scored 11 points and grabbed seven rebounds.
The Golden Grizzlies used a dominant second half to earn the victory as they outscored the Warriors 44-8. OU held RC to just 3-of-21 shooting while going 17-of-40 from the floor. The eight points is the fewest allowed by the Golden Grizzlies in a half since Jan. 2, 2008 when Oakland held Rochester College to eight points in the second half of a 99-19 victory. Nash scored eight of her 11 points in the second half while Nola Anderson added seven points in the second period.
Oakland led 42-31 after the first half as Watterworth score 11 of her 15 points in the opening half. It was a close game early on until OU went on an 8-0 run to go up 24-13 and led by as many as 14 points in the opening period. OU had nine players score at least two points in the half.
OU finished the game setting season highs with 26 steals and forcing 33 turnovers. Oakland outscored Rochester College 44-8 in points in the paint, 40-6 off of turnovers and 22-0 in fastbreak points.
The Golden Grizzlies will begin league play next week as they travel to Dayton, Ohio to take on Wright State on Wednesday, Jan. 8 in their first-ever Horizon League match up. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. inside the Nutter Center.