The Youngstown State women’s basketball team trimmed a 16-point deficit down to four in the second half, but Oakland finished just as hot as it started and beat the Penguins 87-67 on Saturday at the Athletics Center O’Rena.
Oakland led 31-15 after 11 minutes, but YSU chipped away and cut the margin down to four with 11:21 remaining in the second half. The deficit was still just six at 64-58 with 7:11 left, but the Golden Grizzlies went on a 19-4 run over the next 4 1/2 minutes to stave off the comeback attempt.
Heidi Schlegel matched her career high with 28 points while adding a game-high 13 rebounds, but no other Penguin had more than 10 points. Schlegel was 10-for-20 from the field and 7-for-7 from the free throw line. She’s now made 140 free throws for the year, which ties the school record for most free throws in a season.
Oakland (10-13, 5-5 Horizon League) had five players reach double figures, and three finished with at least 18. Victoria Lipscomb had 20 points and was 6-for-9 from 3-point range after going 2-for-30 from beyond the arc in Oakland’s first nine league games. Elena Popkey had 18 points and 12 rebounds, including five timely offensive caroms.
Youngstown State (10-12, 6-3 Horizon League) has lost three straight.