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Saturday’s women’s basketball: Oakland rolls to victory

Detroit News staff

Oakland led nearly wire-to-wire to hand Youngstown State a 58-48 defeat in a Horizon League women’s basketball game at Youngstown, Ohio, on Saturday.

Leah Somerfield converted a three-point play 1:24 into the game to give the Golden Grizzlies a 3-2 lead, and they led the rest of the way.

Youngstown State came closest to erasing the lead when Indiya Benjamin made a 3-point basket with 36 seconds left in the second quarter, leaving Oakland’s lead at 25-24 at halftime.

Oakland started the second half with a 6-0 run featuring two jumpers by Taylor Gleason and two free throws by Cierra Bond to lead 31-24, and Youngstown State never made another serious run.

Gleason finished with 14 points and Somerfield with 13 points and 11 rebounds for Oakland (8-5, 1-1). Nikita Telesford contributed nine points and seven rebounds.

Benjamin scored 11 for Youngstown State (5-8, 1-1).

(At) Cleveland State 75, Detroit Mercy 50: Khayla Livingston scored 26 and Olivia Voskuhl 21 for Cleveland State (10-3, 2-0 Horizon League). Nicole Urbanick and Anja Marinkovic each scored 12 for Detroit Mercy (0-13, 0-2). Urbanick’s points made her the 22nd player in school history to go over 1,000 for her career.

Kent State 67, (at) Eastern Michigan 60: Jordan Korinek scored 21 and McKenna Stephens 17 for Kent State (8-5) in the Mid-American Conference opener for both teams. Sasha Dailey and Courtnie Lews each scored 17 for Eastern (4-8).

Central Michigan 69, (at) Ball State 65: Reyna Frost scored 23, and Presley Hudson and Tinara Moore each scored 13 for Central (9-3, 1-0 MAC). Frost also had 19 rebounds and Moore 14. Moriah Monaco scored 17 for Ball State (11-1, 0-1).

(At) Western Michigan 67, Bowling Green 58: Western (8-5, 1-0 MAC) erased a 50-39 deficit after three quarters with a 28-8 edge in the fourth. Deja Wimby scored 18 and Breanna Mobley 13 with 13 rebounds for Western. Carly Santoro scored 14 for Bowling Green (8-4, 0-1).

More women’s scores

Albion 73, Muskingum 61

Calumet 69, Kalamazoo 67

Calvin 71, Otterbein 58

Concordia 91, Holy Cross (Ind.) 65

Defiance 80, Adrian 65

Ferris State 91, Maryville (Mo.) 67

Grand Valley State 84, Cornerstone 46

Hope 72, Bluffton 63

Indiana-Kokomo 70, Michigan-Dearborn 55

Lawrence Tech 78, Earlham 31

Lewis 74, Saginaw Valley State 45

Mount Union 78, Alma 54

Spring Arbor 88, Olivet 61