Nov. 19, 2013
ROCHESTER, Mich. - Victoria Lipscomb and Elena Popkey each had a team-high 14 points but it was not enough as the Oakland women's basketball team (0-4) fell to Miami (2-2), 86-68 Tuesday night at the Athletics Center O'rena.
"I told this team after the basketball game that this is the proudest I've been of them as in that second half it would have been easy to quit as we got down 20 and they didn't do that," said coach Jeff Tungate. "To start the season out with four of your first five games against BCS schools, the progress we are making is outstanding we just have to get more consistent but I'm so proud of our teams effort."
Popkey added a team-best five assists and Lipscomb tied for a career-high with four 3-pointers. Olivia Nash finished with 12 points and game-high 10 rebounds for her third double-double of the season.
The Hurricanes led 46-26 after the first half including going on a 29-9 run after the score was tied 17-17. Miami shot 52.9 percent from the floor (18-34) including 9-of-15 from 3-point range during the first 20 minutes. OU shot 23.5 percent (8-34) and 3-of-17 from inside the arc in the opening half.
The Golden Grizzlies outscored the Hurricanes in the second half 42-40 led by 11 points by Nash. Oakland shot over 50 percent in the second half for the first time in any half this season going 15-of-29 from the floor and adding six 3-pointers. Miami outrebounded Oakland 51-41 and the OU bench was outscored 53-13. The Hurricanes ended the night shooting 43.1 percent (31-72) and 48.4 percent from 3-point range (15-31).
Oakland will be on the road for its next game as they travel to No. 3/4 Tennessee on Sunday, Nov. 24 at Thompson-Boling Arena beginning at 2 p.m. ET, before returning home to host Niagara on Wednesday Nov. 27 starting at 7 p.m.