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Oklahoma Panhandle State men’s basketball coach Curt Connor (left) and women’s coach Jerry Olson have guided their respective teams in current hot streaks. The Aggies have won four straight, and the Lady Aggies have a five game run.

**For Immediate Release**
OPSU Basketball Fever is Contagious – 2 More Wins!
by Scott Puryear of Aggie Sports on 01/30/06

Goodwell, OK - Over the last few weeks in the Oklahoma Panhandle State University gym, the fans have been having a great deal of fun, the OPSU band (under Jason Berg) has been performing some hot covers of 60’s and 70’s hits, and the basketball has been hotter. In the last ten games, the men’s and women’s teams have a combined record of 9-1. The latest victims were on campus Friday, and both the Aggies and the Lady Aggies were victorious over the teams from St. Mary’s University.

Lady Aggies 74 St. Mary’s 66
The Lady Aggies of Oklahoma Panhandle State staged an exciting come from behind 74-66 victory over St. Mary’s on Friday in the OPSU gym. It was their fifth straight win and their first ever victory over the Lady Rattlers in Heartland Conference play.

OPSU was anything but hot in the first period with 29% shooting from the field, and St. Mary’s, a traditional Heartland Conference contender, held a 38-29 advantage at half.

OPSU coach Jerry Olson had plenty to say to his team during the break and they must have heard every word. Though they fell a dozen points behind with 18:45 left in the game, they went on a big time run and things were tied at 61 with five minutes to play.

Throughout the second half, OPSU’s fine junior center, Nina Kuleff, effectively controlled things in the paint. On the night, Kuleff had game highs in points (19) and in rebounds (14).

The Lady Rattlers had a chance to stay in the game in the final minutes, but they did not convert their free throw chances while the Lady Aggies did.

Sarah Furgeson and Taneisha Rogers (neither one rattled at all by Lady Rattlers) each dropped in a dozen points for OPSU and that pair was key in the winning stretch run with big baskets, assists and free throws.

With the win, the Lady Aggies upped their season record to 11-10 and stand in third place in the league with a 5-2 record as they prepare for a run at the conference title.

Olson said the entire squad worked hard and that every member of the team deserved credit for the win. He added that the big buckets by Kuleff, Rogers and Furgeson down the stretch were the offensive key to complement the good OPSU second half defensive performance.

Furgeson (the freshman from Sudan, Texas) continues to draw the praise of her coaches and Lady Aggie fans. To go with her 12 points, she snagged seven rebounds and handed out five assists.

Aggies 71 St. Mary’s 64
A bucket by forward William Preston staked Oklahoma Panhandle State to a 2-0 lead thirty seconds into the game and the Aggies were never behind in their 71-64 win over St. Mary’s in the OPSU gym on Friday night.

Behind 57% shooting and a rugged defense, the Aggies pushed their way to a 40-25 lead at the half. St. Mary’s tried hard to get back into things, but their efforts were stifled as OPSU picked up their fourth straight victory.

St. Mary’s managed to cut the score to a single digit deficit in the final minutes of the game, but the Aggies were in control virtually all the way. No matter how many times St. Mary’s adjusted their game plan, they could not handle OPSU’s 6’9, 290-pound Aaron Harrison, who scored a game high 24 points and added a game high 14 rebounds. Harrison raised his per game rebound average to 10.7, which leads the Heartland Conference. The Aggies were dominant on the boards and held a 42-22 rebounding advantage.

Forward Nick Malinowski netted seven points for OPSU and had eight rebounds, while guard Eddie Moss added ten points and four boards. The dependable Preston scored 13 points, and playmaking guard Tim Anderson scored eight, pulled down six rebounds and handed out five assists.

The win evened the Aggie conference record at 3-3.

Both the Aggies and the Lady Aggies are headed for extended road trips that will not put them back on their home court until February 15 when they’ll each play the teams from St. Edward’s University.

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