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**For Immediate Release**
OPSU Basketball Splits Two on Thursday
- by Scott Puryear of OPSU Sports on 01/26/2007

Goodwell, Okla. - There were two hotly contested basketball games in the Oklahoma Panhandle State gym on Thursday night. The Lady Aggies were victorious against Texas A&M International, 60-52, but TA&MI came back in the nightcap to beat the OPSU men, 59-51.

LADY AGGIES 60 Texas A&M International 52
OPSU coach Jerry Olson was the first to admit that it wasn’t pretty, but the Lady Aggies overcame one of their worst shooting nights of the season to pick up their fourth win in five games on Thursday.

What saved the day for OPSU was defense and after leading 30-24 at the halftime break, they tenaciously held on for the eight point win. Using a disciplined defensive scheme, the Lady Aggies’ held their opponent’s two best players to 13 and seven points under their respective season averages.

Sarah Polson and Sedra Watkins led the Lady Aggies in scoring with a dozen each. Yadira Oretga, Bre Roberts, and a very hard working Alisha Sladek all scored eight for OPSU.

Nina Kuleff scored six for the Lady Aggies, but fought her way to eight rebounds, two blocks and two steals.

Connie Heiniger came off the bench for the Lady Aggies and had a game high six assists. OPSU was just fine from the free throw line, making 12 in 14 tries as they raised their season record to 6-13.

Texas A&M International 59 AGGIES 51
In 40 minutes of heated college men’s basketball, Texas A&M International defeated the Aggies, 59-51.

OPSU’s splendid forward, Will Stephenson, was all over the court. The 6’6 junior drilled in 24 points, hauled down 16 rebounds, and blocked five shots.

In the overall stats, things were fairly close, but perhaps the difference maker was the fact that in bench scoring, TA&MI outscored the Aggies 13-0.

Scott Hilton scored nine for the Aggies, all on three pointers, while LaChawn Anderson and Fred Durr each chipped in with eight. Chuck Salisbury had a game high seven assists.

The Aggie’s season record dropped to 5-14.

Both the OPSU men and women will be in action again on Saturday at EPIC PCS Night. The games will be open to the public at no charge and there will be drawings and contests for several great prizes. The women’s game begins at 6:00 and the men will tip-off at 8:00.

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Left, Sara Polson up for 2. Fred Durr gets the tip at the start of the TAMUI game Thursday night. - Jeff Flanagan photos

 

 

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