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**For Immediate Release**
Aggies and Lady Aggies Open with Big Victories
- by Scott Puryear of Aggie Sports on 11/15/06

Goodwell, Okla. — The men’s and women’s basketball teams at Oklahoma Panhandle State University each began preseason practice several weeks ago with great promise. On Wednesday, on their home court, the promises started to become reality as both squads posted impressive wins in their respective season openers.

Lady Aggies 78 New Mexico Highlands 41
Megan Hamilton hit four first half three pointers and the Lady Aggie defense held the Cowgirls to just two field goals as OPSU hammered out a 38-8 halftime lead. Coach Jerry Olson used a full five player rotation many times during the game as the Lady Aggies powered their way to a 78-41 victory.

The Cowgirls were never really in the game and ten Lady Aggies scored points led by Hamilton’s 26, which included six of ten from three-point range and all six of her free throws. Ro Wilson scored 13 for OPSU and Sarah Polson added ten. Hamilton and Polson did their damage in just 22 minutes on the court and Wilson posted her numbers in just 15 minutes, which also included seven rebounds.

OPSU’s Nina Kuleff, recently named to the Heartland All-Conference preseason honor team, scored seven points and led both teams with 11 rebounds. Alisha Sladek had eight rebounds, four points and a game high five assists.

Noting the team’s tough upcoming schedule Olson was pleased with the win, but indicated the Lady Aggies had a great deal of work to do in several areas.

Aggies 77 New Mexico Highlands 59
The OPSU men put on a very tough display of defense and outscored their opponent by 28 points in the second half en route to a strong 77-59 victory over New Mexico Highlands.

The Cowboys are a hard working team and put together a nice run at the end of the first half to take a 40-30 lead at intermission. However, the Aggies stormed out of the locker room for the second half and went on a 17-2 scoring binge, led by three splendid athletes – LaChawn Anderson, Fred Durr, and Will Stephenson. In the second half alone, the Aggies outscored the Cowboys 47-19.

Anderson scored a game high 25 points, Stephenson canned 15, and Durr netted a dozen.

Reginald Malone added ten points for the Aggies, while Stephenson had a game high nine rebounds. Malone and Anderson had five and four steals respectively.

Third year head coach Curt Connor said his team responded well to several adjustments in the second half and he praised the total team effort. He also spoke highly of the ball handling of guard E. J. Ollison. Ollison had a game high seven assists to go along with his eight points.

Going back to last season, it was the tenth straight home court win for the OPSU men, and both the Aggies and the Lady Aggies served notice on Wednesday that the 2006-2007 basketball season is going to be an extremely exciting one.

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