Dec. 29, 2013
MINNEAPOLIS - Victoria Lipscomb led Oakland with 10 points and three assists, but the Oakland women's basketball team (4-8) fell in the final game of 2013 to Minnesota (11-3), 79-43, Sunday afternoon at Williams Arena. UM is the third Big Ten opponent and seventh BCS opponent this season.
"Very disappointed in how we played tonight," said coach Jeff Tungate. "Minnesota is a very good team and they deserve a lot of credit. However, we are a team that prides itself in taking care of the ball. We can't turn the ball over 24 times and win. We also can't allow their post players to score 47 points. We are a much better team than we showed tonight."
Bethany Watterworth added six point for Oakland on 2-of-5 shooting, while Kim Bee and Elena Popkey tied for the team-high with seven rebounds. Oakland scored a season-low 43 points and shot a season-worst 28.1 percent (16-57) from the field.
Oakland held the game to single-digits until UM went on a 14-3 run in the final five minutes of the opening half as the Golden Gophers led 39-20 at half. Minnesota shot 56.7 percent (17-30) from the floor and scored 22 points in the paint in the opening period. Bee led with five point and six rebounds in the half.
The Golden Gophers started on fire in the second half as they went on a 23-7 run to go up 62-27 and finished the game shooting 56.1 percent (32-57) overall. Lipscomb scored seven of her 10 points in the second half and Watterworth added all six of her points. UM's Amanda Zahui B. led all scorers with 25 ponts on 11-of-15 shooting.
Oakland returns home in 2014 as they host Rochester College on Jan. 4 inside the Athletics Center O'rena starting at 3 p.m.