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Aggie Basketball Loses Two in San Antonio

—By Laura Nelson on 02/11/2012 San Antonio, Texas—Oklahoma Panhandle State University's basketball teams both lost in San Antonio Saturday afternoon to St. Mary's University.

Women—St. Mary's 100, OPSU 72

Fresh off their win at Texas A&M International in Laredo Thursday night, the OPSU women were plagued by dismal shooting in San Antonio Saturday afternoon as the Rattlers struck early and often to get the win. St. Mary's took an early 9-1 lead and despite 38 2-pt. attempts, OPSU only made 10 of those and went to the locker room down 50-30 at the half. While their scoring percentage improved in the second half, so did the Rattlers' and the Aggies were never closer than 14 points to tie the score. OPSU's Teenie Kent and St. Mary's Bria Bell led all scorers with 18 each. Camille Washington followed Kent with ten points while Carmela Garcia added nine and brought down 5 rebounds. With the loss, OPSU sits 4-19 on the season and St. Mary's moved to 12-14.

Men—St. Mary's 77, OPSU 60

The Rattlers took the lead early on and it looked like the Aggies might start turning things around when OPSU's Michael Patterson grabbed an offensive rebound off a missed Trestin Clay jump shot and dunked the ball. Instead, the Rattlers held the Aggies to single digits through the first 14 minutes of the game and left the court ahead at halftime, 34-17. OPSU's scoring percentage improved markedly in the second half of the contest, but not enough for the win. The Rattlers scored 46 points in the paint compared to OPSU's 16 plus they out-rebounded the Aggies 38-17. Following the game, head coach Jerry Olson complimented his team, saying, "They just don't give up." He also expressed pride in Tremor Atwater's performance, who came off the bench and scored four for four and had 12 points total, and Bill Lee, OPSU's high scorer with 17. OPSU's record is now 3-19 and the Rattlers are 12-14.

Both teams return to Oscar Williams Field House this week with conference games Thursday evening, Feb. 16 against the University of Texas of the Permian Basin. The women tip off at 5:30 p.m. and the men's game follows at approximately 7:30 p.m.