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Women's Basketball Loses Close One

—By Laura Nelson on 02/17/2012 Wearing pink uniforms to raise cancer awareness, the Aggies fought throughout the game. Here, Carmela Garcia (in front) and Kaylee Moyer double-team UTPB's Giselle Loya.—Laura Nelson photo Wearing pink uniforms to raise cancer awareness, the Aggies fought throughout the game. Here, Carmela Garcia (in front) and Kaylee Moyer double-team UTPB's Giselle Loya.—Laura Nelson photo Goodwell, Okla.—Thursday night, the Oklahoma Panhandle State University women's basketball game against the University of Texas of the Permian Basin had fans on the edge of their seats until the buzzer sounded as the Aggies took the 106-98 loss.

UTPB started the game on a shooting streak, at one point leading the Aggies by 10 points. The OPSU women forced a series of turnovers and began their own scoring run, finally pulling ahead by one with 13:48 left in the first half. While the teams continued to trade shots, the Falcons regained the lead and held onto it until Rosa Quiñonez made a 3-point bomb to tie the score at 36 with just over five minutes left. The crowd erupted, and as the noise increased in the gym, so did the fouls. For the rest of the half, the Aggies scored five from the field, the Falcons scored eight, and both scored seven at the free throw line. Three lead changes later, the Aggies were behind at the end of the first half 51-48.

As the second half got underway, UTPB continued to increase their lead and were ahead 70-56 with just over 15 minutes left to play. The Falcons were unfazed by OPSU's attempts at defensive pressure, but the Aggies did not give up. A Megan Taylor three followed by inside shots from Tra'Niqua Dishmon and Camille Washington got them within six points. UTPB went on another scoring rampage and remained ahead by as much as 16 points. With two minutes left in the game, Washington scored three, and just eight points behind, the Aggies could smell victory. Dishmon was fouled on a jump shot and converted the three point play, putting OPSU only six behind. With 59 seconds left and the tension mounting, Dishmon struck again with two, putting the score at 96-101. The Aggies could not recover as the Falcons scored five charity shots and held the Aggies to a single layup by Washington to take the win.

UTPB's Teisha King led all scorers with 26 and the Falcons had four more players scoring in double digits. Dishmon scored 23 and grabbed six rebounds followed by Washington with 17 points and Nicole Buhl and Tomi McDonald with 12 and 10 points, respectively.

Saturday, Feb. 18 will be the final home game for the women's basketball team and seniors Tomi McDonald, Nicole Buhl, Carmela Garcia, Brianna Gonzalez, Tra'Niqua Dishmon and Quinae Thomas will be honored as they play on their home court a final time. Winter homecoming festivities and the annual Silent Auction will also be held.

The Aggies tip off against the St. Edward's Hilltoppers at noon, and they plan to avenge the two point overtime loss they suffered in Austin earlier this season. Admission is free thanks to Tri-County Electric Cooperative so bring the family and enjoy some mid-winter fun!