Balanced scoring carries Grizzlies to 87-67 win

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Balanced scoring carries Grizzlies to 87-67 win

OU senior guard Victoria Lipscomb leads the fast break in a game from earlier this season. Lipscomb finished Saturday with career highs in points (20) and 3-pointers made (six).

OU senior guard Victoria Lipscomb leads the fast break in a game from earlier this season. Lipscomb finished Saturday with career highs in points (20) and 3-pointers made (six).

OU senior guard Victoria Lipscomb leads the fast break in a game from earlier this season. Lipscomb finished Saturday with career highs in points (20) and 3-pointers made (six).

OU senior guard Victoria Lipscomb leads the fast break in a game from earlier this season. Lipscomb finished Saturday with career highs in points (20) and 3-pointers made (six).

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Golden Grizzly senior guard Victoria Lipscomb started 4-for-4 from 3-point range as the Oakland University women’s basketball team (10-13, 5-5 Horizon) came out firing on all cylinders on Saturday afternoon, defeating the Youngstown State Penguins (10-12, 6-3), 87-67.

Lipscomb finished with a career-high 20 points and was 6-for-9 from 3-point range, another career-high. Lipscomb also tallied five assists and two blocks, steals and rebounds.

Oakland had five players finish in double figures, with Lipscomb, senior forward Bethany Watterworth and sophomore guard Elena Popkey forming a big three in scoring. Watterworth and Popkey both scored 18 points.

Watterworth, who also had six assists and five rebounds, moved into sixth place all-time in Grizzly career scoring, passing Jayme Wilson’s 1,785 points. Wilson played for Oakland from 2003-2006.

Youngstown State struggled to score much of the contest, shooting just 35 percent from the field to Oakland’s 46 percent.

OU used a 12-0 run to take a 19-8 lead with 13:27 remaining in the first half, but the Penguins managed to keep it close with a 12-6 run to end the half at 39-32.

The majority of the second half was a tighter contest as the Grizzlies held a six-point lead at the 7:11 mark, but OU went on a 19-4 run to go up 83-62 to put the game away. The Grizzlies were able to capitalize off of the Penguins’ mistakes, outscoring YSU 20-10 in points off turnovers.

Oakland plays the University of Detroit Mercy next on Feb. 13 at 7 p.m. in the O’rena.