COLLEGE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: Oakland rolls over Rochester College

| January 5, 2014 | Comments (0)


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ROCHESTER HILLS — Bethany Watterworth and Victoria Lipscomb have both suffered injuries during their tenure at Oakland University that sent them to the sidelines for an entire season.

Now back and healthy as redshirt seniors, the OU duo is having quite an effect on the Golden Grizzlies. That was evident Saturday when Oakland hosted tiny Rochester College in a non-league women’s basketball contest.

Watterworth finished with 15 points, nine rebounds and three assists, while Lipscomb added six points and four assists and spearheaded a fine defensive effort that limited Rochester College to just eight second-half points in a 86-39 non-league victory.

“Having their leadership out there is a big plus for us,” said first-year Oakland coach Jeff Tungate. “They provide so much leadership and set an example for the younger players.”

Elena Popkey added 12 points and four assists, Olivia Nash twined 11 points with seven rebounds and three steals, Nola Anderson scored nine with five steals and both Kim Bee and Amy Carlton scored eight apiece for OU, which sent 10 of 11 active players into the scoring column.

“We got a chance to give players a lot of minutes tonight,” said Tungate.

Oakland outscored Rochester College 44-8 over the final 20 minutes of play and head into Horizon League play with a 5-8 overall record.

“We have the fourth best record in the Horizon League right now and six of our losses are against BCS schools,” said Tungate. “I think we have come a long ways over the past few months. I think we’re ready for the Horizon League. I know we are picked eighth out of nine schools. I think we’ll surprise some people.”

Oakland fought for a 42-31 halftime lead, as RC made five three-pointers and several outside shots in the first half. The Warriors finished the night just 5-of-24 from three-point land and 13-for-50 overall from the floor.

Joise Wiltse scored eight for Rochester College, which committed 33 turnovers.

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