BROOKINGS, S.D. – South Dakota State remained in the Summit League women’s basketball driver’s seat at Oakland expense Saturday.
The Jackrabbits cruised to a 83-48 victory over the golden Grizzlies at Frost Arena.
Olivia Nash scored a team-high 14 points for Oakland (8-15, 2-9) fell, 83-48. Victoria Lipscomb added 11 points for the Golden Grizzlies.
“I think that shows why South Dakota State is in first place in the league,” said Oakland head coach Beckie Francis. “They really played well; with all kinds of attack, both inside and outside and a lot of depth.”
Nash hit a jumper to put Oakland in front 4-2 early in the contest, but it was the only lead that OU would enjoy. The Golden Grizzlies shot 42.3 percent in the first half, but trailed 45-26 to an SDSU team that shot 47.5 percent in the opening half.
Nash and Lipscomb tied for the team lead with seven rebounds each, while Lipscomb and Zakiya Minifee both finished with three steals. Sinclair Russell was 2-for-2 from the field,scored five points and grabbed six rebounds to lead the OU bench effort. In total, the Golden Grizzlies shot 34.6 percent from the field and hit five 3-pointers.
Ashley Eide led SDSU (19-6, 11-1) with 17 points and Megan Waytashek scored 16. Hannah Strop had nine points and 10 rebounds, while Katie Lingle had 10 points and eight rebounds to help the Jackrabbits earn a 49-32 edge in rebounding. South Dakota State shot 43.8 percent for the game and netted nine 3-pointers.
Oakland returns to the Athletics Center O’rena on Thursday to host South Dakota at 6:30 p.m. It is the start of a three-game home stand for the Golden Grizzlies.