Women’s basketball knocks off Purdue Fort Wayne, 66-64

This past Sunday, the Golden Grizzlies headed to Indiana, closing out a 66-64 game win over the Mastodons of Purdue Fort Wayne. 

Purdue Fort Wayne would come out at a 10-0 lead within the first three minutes, but it wasn’t long until the Grizzlies stepped up, not letting the lead slip away. The Grizzlies were making Purdue Fort Wayne work through these possessions of the first quarter. 

Linda Van Schaik was relentless all game, even hitting a 3-pointer at the buzzer before going into half. She was on fire and there was nobody on Purdue Fort Wayne that could put a stop to her showdown. She ended with a game high of 21 points. Her shooting was impressive. 

Coming into the third quarter, Fort Wayne would score their first bucket. Breanne Beatty, being the all around player that she is, will pull up with the nice jumpshot to get Oakland on the board and getting some stops on the defensive end as well. 

Purdue Fort Wayne’s Jazzlyn Linbo would get the ball deep into the post, making the Grizzlies work in the low post area. Cam Grant, the transfer from Ball State University helped on the offensive end, getting those offensive boards, putting it right back up. She ended with eight points. 

A couple of Van Schaik free throws would put Oakland up one with 2:38 left in the third, at a 44-43 score. This quarter was really both teams going back and forth. 

By the fourth quarter, it got a little more interesting. Kennedie Montue would knock down the triple off such a great play to break the press that Purdue Fort Wayne had on Oakland. 

Oakland had the ball at the 2:22 mark, the out of bounds play would go to Alexis Johnson but a foul would put her at the line, that would tie the game at 59-59. Freshman point guard, Brooke Daniels, made a positive impact for the team as well, with a nice shot of the glass. Daniels would end with 10. 

The Mastodons would play the foul game, eventually sending Beatty to the line that expanded the lead, sealing the deal. The Grizzlies win by two, closing out a 66-64 game. 

Next up, the Grizzlies head back to the O’rena to play Miami University on Saturday, Dec. 17th at 5:30 p.m. They are hungry and looking for another win under their belt.