OPSU Drops Two to Incarnate Word
- by Scott Puryear of OPSU Sports on 01/10/2008
Goodwell, Okla. - The Oklahoma Panhandle State men’s and women’s basketball teams were in action on Thursday night to play home games against a tough Heartland Conference rival - the University of the Incarnate Word. UIW won both games with a 62-56 victory over the Lady Aggies and earned a 76-66 win in the men’s contest.
Incarnate Word 62, LADY AGGIES 56
The Cardinals of the University of the Incarnate Word and the Lady Aggies of Oklahoma Panhandle State played a very close game on Thursday, and in the end the Cardinals had the victory, 62-56. The Cardinals led by four points (29-25) at the half, and with just under three minutes left to play in the game, the score was tied at 56-56 after OPSU’s Jasmine Williams converted a clutch three-point play.
The Lady Aggies fought right up to the very end of the game, but with the 62-56 loss, their season record fell to 5-7 (0-1 in the Heartland Conference).
Williams led the Lady Aggies with 17 points and pulled down seven rebounds while Megan Hamilton chipped in with a dozen points. Hamilton was the OPSU assist leader with five and Connie Mass grabbed seven rebounds to go with her four points. Sarah Polson added eight points, Ceara Brown scored seven, and Ro Wilson notched six.
The Cardinals’ Cinnamon Kava led all scorers with 22 points and her team raised their season record to 8-7 with their fifth straight victory. The win also gave them a conference record of 2-0.
Incarnate Word 76, AGGIES 66
The Cardinals from the University of the Incarnate Word picked up the Thursday night victory over the Oklahoma Panhandle State men, 76-66.
OPSU men’s coach Jerry Olson was the first to admit that his team was a very tired one after their stunning 97-91 upset victory at Colorado State on Tuesday.
In what proved to be a very physical game from start to finish on Thursday, the Cardinals held a 32-20 halftime lead.
The second half was considerably more wide open than the first and the Aggies scored 46 points, but they could not get any closer than nine points. With the loss, the Aggie season record dropped to 7-5 (0-1 in the Heartland Conference). The Cardinals raised their season record to 8-6 on the season and 2-1 in conference play.
The action through the game was very physical with some exceptionally tough play inside and more than once there were players sprawled out on the floor.
“Double-Doubles” are starting to become the norm for the Aggies’ Will Stephenson and he got his fifth straight. The senior forward scored 15 and pulled down 11 rebounds and also used his entire 6’6 frame on five excellent shot blocks. Sophomore guard Chuck Salisbury led OPSU in scoring with 16 points, several of them on drives up the middle in heavy traffic. Salisbury also had six rebounds, four assists and five steals.
Luke Ogden and Fred Durr each scored 11 for OPSU, and Durr drew praise from Olson for his defensive work against UIW’s excellent Pierce Caldwell. LaChawn Anderson scored nine for the Aggies.
UIW’s Garrett Bell led all scorers with 21 points.
OPSU continues their home stand with games on Saturday night against another Heartland Conference rival – Texas A&M International. The women’s game will get started at 6:00 and the men’s game is set for an 8:00 p.m. tip off.