Oakland Welcomes No. 15/14 Purdue on Sunday|
Dec. 14, 2012
ROCHESTER, Mich. -- Oakland (5-4) welcomes No. 15/14 Purdue (9-1) to the Athletics Center O'rena on Sunday for a game at 3 p.m. The Golden Grizzlies are 4-2 at home this season and have a 3-5 record against ranked opponents inside the O'rena.
OU is returning to the court after a trip to New York City where the team faced Manhattan. After a slow first half, the Golden Grizzlies outscored the Jaspers by 15 in the second half, but fell 47-43. Elena Popkey had 12 points, while Victoria Lipscomb filled the box score with eight points, seven rebounds, five assists, three steals and two blocks. Sinclair Russell also made a big impact with eight rebounds and three blocks, both career highs.
The Golden Grizzlies rank 21st in the nation in three-point field goal percentage and lead The Summit League. Annemarie Hamlet is shooting 47.7 percent from three-point-range to rank 11th in the NCAA. Olivia Nash leads the league in both rebounds and double-doubles, ranking 13th in the NCAA in double-double performances this season.
The Boilermakers enter the game No. 14 in the USA Today Coaches Poll and rank No. 15 in the AP Poll.
The last time Oakland faced a ranked opponent in the O'rena, the Black and Gold came away with a 67-51 victory over No. 23/21 South Dakota State.Oakland has beaten No. 15/16 Colorado State, No. 21/22 Florida State and No. 23/21 SDSU, all in games played at the O'rena.