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Regier and Dearmin Dominate for SAC Victory over Texas Wesleyan

Released by Panhandle State Sports Information on 12/03/2017 Junior Monti Regier led the Aggie women's basketball team with 22 points in their first SAC victory of the season over Texas Wesleyan.-Rylee Higgins photoJunior Monti Regier led the Aggie women's basketball team with 22 points in their first SAC victory of the season over Texas Wesleyan.-Rylee Higgins photo

Goodwell, Okla.—After suffering an overtime loss on Thursday to Southwestern Assemblies of God (63-59), the Panhandle State women's basketball team bounced back with an outstanding effort on Saturday to earn their first Sooner Athletic Conference win over Texas Wesleyan.

The Aggies put in four hard-fought periods of play against the Rams, improving from 38.7 percent shooting in the first half to 56 percent from the field in the second half. Junior Monti Regier and senior Madison Dearmin led the Aggies in scoring with 22 and 20 points respectively; Regier gathered 18 points on shots beyond the arc, and Dearmin went an impressive 8-9 at the line. Junior Hannah Faulks and sophomore Addison Munsch each added 12 points for Panhandle State and combined for 15 rebounds in Saturday's matchup, while freshman Naomi Rodriguez led with ten points and four boards off the bench. Munsch was coming off a career-high performance in Thursday's outing, which saw her score a whopping 31 points against the Lions.

At the boards the Aggies outmatched the Rams 37-18 with Faulks and Dearmin leading the game at nine rebounds apiece. Dearmin brought down nine boards against SAGU as well followed by sophomore Morgan Latta who totaled seven rebounds on Thursday. Faulks, Munsch and Dearmin also held game-highs in assists on Saturday with five each and Regier got away with three of the Aggies' six steals in the game.

Panhandle State players acquired 16 points on second-chance shots and scored 19 points off 13 TWU turnovers. The Rams made out with 20 points off 21 Aggie turnovers and averaged 45.8 percent shooting for the game. Panhandle State finished with a 46.4 percent average from the field and shot 35.7 percent from three-point range and 84.6 percent at the line. The Aggies now own a 7-1 season record, and sit 1-1 in SAC play.

Head Coach Victor Esparza was extremely proud of his team's ability to battle for the full 40 minutes, commenting after the game, "This team just refuses to lose or let each other down; they never give up." He added, "We played so much harder in the second half and gave ourselves a chance to come out on top. Monti [Regier] came up with some big shots that really helped; it was a great bounce-back game for her and was good to see."

The Aggie women will have plenty of time to prepare for their next matchup which will take place in Bethany, Okla. on Dec. 14 against Southwestern Christian University. That will be the team's last contest until after the holiday break when they take on the University of North Texas in an exhibition game on Dec. 30. Coach Esparza is happy to have the time to get his team healthy and give the student-athletes a chance to finish the semester strong in the classroom. Aggie fans can keep up with the action on the road via live stats and video links offered online at opsuaggies.com.