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OPSU Women Grab 125-111 Basketball Win

—By Scott Puryear of OPSU Sports on 01/01/2012 OPSU's Carmela Garcia added 15 points to the record-setting game in Oscar Williams Fieldhouse on New Year's Eve.—Kelly Darnell photo OPSU's Carmela Garcia added 15 points to the record-setting game in Oscar Williams Fieldhouse on New Year's Eve.—Kelly Darnell photo Goodwell, Okla.—It was a wild New Year's Eve game at Oklahoma Panhandle State on Saturday as the Aggies beat Henderson State, 125-111. The contest matched two very athletic teams and both squads know how to move the ball around and put it through the hoop and it was a record-setting night and a great deal of fun to watch.

The tempo was set very early and each team took 41 shots at the basket in the first half and things were all tied up (51-51) at the halftime break.

With both teams working very hard at both ends of the court and 13:30 on the game clock, OPSU's Quinae Thomas drilled a three-point rocket that put the Aggies ahead 81-73. Another clutch three by Thomas with 9:17 on the clock gave the Aggies a 97-83 advantage. A short jump shot by Tomi McDonald near the 8:00 mark put the Aggies over the century mark and ahead 101-87. As the game continued, Henderson State kept working and the Aggies were relentless in pushing the ball up the court. In the end, the Aggies had the 125-111 victory and their team point total (125) is their highest scoring output of the season (and the 236 total points scored in the game is among the highest point totals in the country this season, and an Oscar Willams Fieldhouse record). Also, Henderson's 111 points are the most points ever scored by a losing team in a non-overtime game in NCAA Division II history.

The lead changed hands 17 different times in the exciting game.

Post game, Aggie head coach Brad Vanden Boogaard was very pleased with the outcome, and said, "This was a big win for OPSU and we are working hard to get better, and we beat a very good team today."

On the game, the Aggies hit on 48% of their shot attempts (37 of 77) and 31 of 42 free throw attempts (73.8). A difference maker in the game was that the Aggies hit 20 of 45 of their three-point shots while their opponents hit just 4 of 14.

Henderson State's Crystal Harrison and Joycelyn Taylor scored 24 and 22 points, respectively.

For OPSU, six different players scored in double figures, led by Thomas (who scored 21). Other Aggies heavily involved in the scoring were Carmela Garcia (15), Tra' Dishmon (13), Nicole Buhl (17), Teenie Kent (13), and Camille Washington (12). It was the third time this season that the Aggies scored more than 120 points in a single game.

Henderson State's season record dropped to 7-2 and the OPSU record now stands at 3-9.

The next home game for the hard working OPSU women's team is set for Monday night at 7:00 p.m. when the squad from Eastern New Mexico comes to Goodwell for a 7:00 p.m. tip-off. It could very well be another wild one, as the same two teams met last November in Portales, and Eastern New Mexico got a 100-96 victory. Monday's ENM-OPSU game is open to the public at no charge thanks to the sponsorship of Eddie's Steakhouse.