OPSU Drops a Pair to St. Edward’s
- by Scott Puryear of OPSU Sports on 01/29/2007
Goodwell, Okla. - The talented men’s and women’s basketball teams from St. Edward’s University, a Heartland Conference rival from Austin, Texas, were at Oklahoma Panhandle State on Saturday to face the Aggies and the Lady Aggies. Both games were hard fought, and played in front of enthusiastic fans. The Lady Aggies lost 68-64 and OPSU men fell, 66-50.
In addition the exciting games, fans were treated to a great deal of fun courtesy of EPIC PCS.
St. Edward’s 68 LADY AGGIES 64
From the opening tip, those in the OPSU gym knew they were in for a very good women’s college basketball game, and that is exactly what they got. In the first half, the Lady Aggies led by as many as 13 points, but St. Edward’s fought their way back and OPSU led by just two points at the halftime break, 31-29.
In the second half, it was anyone’s game for the entire way. St. Edward’s seized the lead 32-31 early and eventually led by as many as ten points, but this year’s OPSU team is full of fight and Sarah Polson’s three point bomb got them to within a single point at 65-64 in the last minute. However, the visitors made three key free throws in the closing seconds for their 68-64 win.
OPSU’s Megan Hamilton led all scorers with 21 points and also contributed three assists and two steals. Alisha Sladek continues to be very valuable to the Lady Aggies with her work off the bench and she scored 11 on Saturday to go with three rebounds and two assists.
Another hard worker for OPSU this season has been Polson. In Saturday’s loss, the junior scored ten points and earned a game high four steals. Nina Kuleff had a game high nine rebounds to accompany her four points.
St. Edward’s 66 AGGIES 55
St. Edward’s entered the game with a 14-4 record and has been a handful for any team they have faced this season. The Aggies played effectively enough on defense, but St. Edward’s proved they are tough at both ends of the court in their 66-50 win.
It was a physical men’s college basketball game and more than one player left the court banged up. St. Edward’s led by eight points several times in the opening half, which ended 29-21.
The Aggies fought hard in the second half but could never get any closer than to within six points.
LaChawn Anderson led the Aggies with a game high 18 points and pulled down seven rebounds. Fred Durr added 11 points and Will Stephenson scored nine and pulled down eight rebounds.
Aggie sophomore Luke Odgen, who missed Thursday night’s game due to illness, was back in the starting lineup and pulled down a game high ten rebounds, scored five points, had two blocks, and made a game high four steals.
The games were open to the public at no charge thanks to EPIC PCS, and there were several drawings for gifts and prizes as well as free throw shooting contests. At halftime of the men’s game, Bob and Dian Boaldin of EPIC PCS were honored for their patronage to OPSU. At the ceremony, school president Dr. Dave Bryant presented the Boaldins with a basketball signed by the players and coaches of the OPSU teams.
The Lady Aggies (6-14) and the Aggies (5-15) will be back in action this Thursday with home games against the University of Texas-Permian Basin. This coming Saturday, the Lady Aggies will have the night off while the men tangle with another strong Heartland Conference team – Dallas Baptist.