Two More Big Basketball Wins at OPSU
- by Scott Puryear of OPSU Sports on 01/16/2007
Goodwell, Okla. - In the Oklahoma Panhandle State gym, the promise of six college basketball games in four days brought an air of excitement. In that stretch, concluded on Monday night, the Lady Aggies won two of three and the men’s squad won each of their three contests. The latest victims were from Heartland Conference rival Lincoln University. On Monday, both OPSU teams were dominant, with the Lady Aggies beating Lincoln, 72-64, and the men posting a convincing 75-57 win.
Lady Aggies 72, Lincoln 64
With some hot shooting and strong defense, the Lady Aggies fought off Lincoln for a 72-64 win. The Lady Aggies opened a 33-29 lead at the half, and withstood several Lincoln challenges to pick up their second win in three games.
Nina Kuleff and Sarah Polson led the way for OPSU with 15 points each. Polson added four rebounds, three assists and five steals. Kuleff pulled down a team high eight rebounds.
Megan Hamilton just missed a “double-double” with 14 points and nine assists, and Yadira Ortega netted ten points.
It was a great team effort and each time Lincoln mounted a challenge, the Lady Aggies stuck it right back at them. Sedra Watkins scored seven points and hauled down seven rebounds, and was effective on both ends of the court for OPSU.
The Lady Aggies are now 4-13 on the season, but with two wins in their last three games, they are playing well and have their sights set on another strong challenge for the league title.
Aggies 75, Lincoln 57
With 56% shooting from the floor and an “in your face defense,” the Aggies hammered out a strong 37-21 margin at the halftime beak, and held on for the 75-57 victory, their third win in four days.
OPSU’s excellent inside player, Fred Durr, led all scorers with 22 points. Durr was 8-13 from the field, and hit all four of his free throws. Lincoln had a great deal of problems with Durr in the paint and the junior’s quick jump shot confounded the opposing team all night.
OPSU guard E. J. Ollison’s “double- double” of 15 points and 11 assists were a tribute to his quickness and teammate Luke Ogden netted 17 points. Chuck Salisbury scored eight points pulled down five rebounds and had a game high five steals.
Will Stephenson scored six and pulled down six rebounds, and he and Ogden led the Aggies in shot blocking with two each.
The Aggies are now 5-11 and on a three game winning streak.