Oakland Comeback Falls Short in 47-43 Loss at Manhattan
Elena Popkey led the Golden Grizzlies with 12 points.
Dec. 8, 2012
RIVERDALE, N.Y. -- Elena Popkey scored 12 points, while Sinclair Russell added eight rebounds and three blocks, as a furious comeback effort fell just short for Oakland (5-4) in a 47-43 loss to Manhattan (2-6) on Saturday at Draddy Gymnasium. The Golden Grizzlies outscored the Jaspers 34-19 in the second half.
"It may be cliché to say it, but we just needed to put two halves together today," said OU head coach Beckie Francis. "I was really proud of our second-half effort and the fight we showed. We were coming back, but just ran out of time."
Trailing by as many as 23 points Oakland cut the score to 43-38 with 1:12 to play on a free throw by Russell. OU missed two late chances to cut it to a single possession game and could only get as close as a four-point margin on a 3 by Popkey with 11 seconds to play.
Zakiya Minifee led OU with nine rebounds and the Golden Grizzlies had a 31-12 rebounding edge in the second half that led to 12 second-chance points. Oakland also hit seven 3-pointers in the second half. Victoria Lipscombhad eight points, seven rebounds, a game-high five assists and three steals.
Oakland faced its largest halftime deficit of the season, down 28-9. The Golden Grizzlies shot just 19 percent from the field and went 1-for-10 beyond the arc in the opening half. Following a 10:20 scoreless stretch, Lipscomb scored to spark a 4-0 run to end the half. The Golden Grizzlies committed 14 turnovers in the first half and finished with a season-high 26 giveaways.
Toni-Ann Lawrence led Manhattan with a double-double effort of 13 points and 10 rebounds. Allison Skrec also reached double-digits with 11 points. After the Jaspers shot 44.4 percent from the field in the first half, OU held Manhattan to just 20 percent shooting in the second half.
The Oakland bench was held scoreless in the first half, but fueled the comeback effort with 10 points in the second half. OU was 5-of-12 at the free throw line, where the team was outscored for the first time all season.
Oakland will have a week off for finals before hosting No. 15/14 Purdue at the Athletics Center O'rena on Dec. 16 at 3 p.m.