Two Very Big Thursday OPSU Basketball Wins
- by Scott Puryear of OPSU Sports on 02/01/2007
Goodwell, Okla. - A pair of high octane individual performances coupled with outstanding teamwork powered the Oklahoma Panhandle State men’s and women’s basketball teams to victories on Thursday night. Led by Megan Hamilton’s 24 points, the Lady Aggies topped the University of Texas-Permian Basin, 88-76 - while the Aggies drilled the UT-PB men, 91-69, behind LaChawn Anderson’s shining 38-point output.
LADY AGGIES 88, UT-PB 76
The Lady Aggies came out of the blocks fast and never let up nor looked back as they took a 44-36 lead at half and cruised to an 88-76 win over the University of Texas-Permian Basin.
UT-PB made things a bit interesting early in the second half, but the Lady Aggies stood tall each time their opponents challenged and led by as many as 19 in the second half.
UT-PB’s Amanda Synatsch and OPSU’s Megan Hamilton both shot the lights out with Synatsch scoring 23 and Hamilton scoring 24 . . . all of them on long range three point shots. In fact, Hamilton’s eight threes were the high this year in the Heartland Conference.
Hamilton led all scorers with the 24, and also dished out a game high six assists. Nina Kuleff, senior center, did her usual consistent work with 11 points and five rebounds.
OPSU freshman Bre Roberts scored 13 points in just 18 minutes on the floor and added a team high seven rebounds. Both Sedra Watkins and Yadira Ortega each scored seven while the scrappy Watkins nabbed six rebounds and Ortega dished out four assists.
Alisha Sladek scored five, handed out four assists and earned three steals, while teammate Val Boothe scored eight points and snared six rebounds.
With 11 minutes left to play, with OPSU up by 16 points at 67-51, coach Jerry Olson began to substitute freely, and the Lady Aggies coasted in for their seventh win of the season against 14 losses.
AGGIES 91, UT-PB 69
LaChawn Anderson’s 38 points led a high powered – and high flying – Oklahoma Panhandle State men’s basketball team to a 91-69 victory over the University of Texas-Permian Basin.
With Anderson drilling in 20 first-half points, the Aggies streaked to a 44-22 halftime margin. The game was an OPSU highlight film from start to finish and an Aggie victory was never in doubt.
Anderson’s 38-point output was the highest in the Heartland Conference this season, and the 6’4 junior guard also pulled down nine rebounds. High flying Will Stephenson brought the fans to their feet with three spectacular slam dunks and finished the night with 17 points, nine rebounds and two blocks.
Junior center Fred Durr continues to be a very capable player for the Aggies, and the 6’7 junior scored a dozen points, had four rebounds, four steals and four assists.
The Aggies’ Luke Ogden did not miss a shot from his forward position. The 6’5 sophomore hit all four of his attempts from the floor and his only free throw for a total of nine points. Ogden also had four rebounds and a game high seven assists.
The outstanding win upped the Aggie season record to 6-15 and they will be in action again on their home court on Saturday against Dallas Baptist. Tip-off time is set for 7:00 p.m.