Oakland beats YSU women, 58-48

Tribune Chronicle / Marc Weems Youngstown State’s Sarah Cash (23) is fouled on the way to the basket by Marcy Agwaniru (42) of Oakland Saturday afternoon at the Beeghly Center.

YOUNGSTOWN — The Youngstown State University women’s basketball team was riding a three-game win streak into its game against Oakland University Saturday afternoon at the Beeghly Center.

YSU couldn’t make it four in a row, as it lost 58-48 in Horizon League play.

Trailing 25-24 at halftime, the Penguins never caught up in the second half. YSU (5-8, 1-1 Horizon) shot just 2-for-22 from 3-point range for the game, 0-for-11 in the second half.

Oakland (8-5, 1-1) wasn’t much better from distance, making just 3-for-21 from the 3-point line.

Rebounding, therefore, was a big key and YSU was outrebounded 45-30, including 18-6 on the offensive glass.

Tribune Chronicle / Marc Weems Chelsea Olson, left, and Mary Dunn, right, double team Oakland’s Taylor Jones.

“I thought Oakland did a great job using their strength, length and athleticism to get those 18 offensive rebounds,” YSU coach John Barnes said. “When the ball is not going in the hoop, we have to find other ways and get rebounds.”

“We didn’t come out aggressive like we did last game. They (Oakland) came out a little bit more aggressive than us,” YSU guard Indiya Benjamin said. “They were really aggressive on the boards. They smelled blood in the water and went after us.”

Both teams turned the ball over 14 times, but Oakland scored 17 points off turnovers compared to YSU’s eight.

“It’s all about mental toughness and we were not tough today,” Barnes said. “We gave up three or four offensive rebounds off of free throws. That’s tough. That’s elementary-school stuff,” Barnes said.

Barnes said that even in the loss, YSU’s defense still played very well. Oakland averaged 74.6 points per game coming into the game.

“Our thing is defense. We are going to have nights where we aren’t shooting well. We give ourselves a good chance to stay in the game when we play good defense,” Benjamin said.

Benjamin finished with 11 points, six rebounds and one assist. Leah Somerfield led the Golden Grizzlies with 13 points and 11 rebounds.