Aggies and Lady Aggies Each Drop Tuesday Games
- by Scott Puryear of Aggie Sports on 11/22/06
Goodwell, Okla. — The Oklahoma Panhandle State men’s and women’s basketball teams each played well enough in the first half of their games on Tuesday night, but the second half of each contest was a different story. The Lady Aggies lost 81-56 to Central Oklahoma, while the Aggies came up short against Cameron University, 67-58.
Central Oklahoma 81 Lady Aggies 56
Both the Lady Aggies and the University of Central Oklahoma went after each other defensively in the first half, and though UCO held an early advantage, a nice Lady Aggie run closed the gap. At the half, UCO was ahead 28-22, but the Lady Aggies were not out of things at all.
However, UCO scored 53 second half points and never looked back, as they upped their record to 2-0 with the 81-56 victory.
Post game, Lady Aggie head coach Jerry Olson made his point quickly, saying, “This is the worst we’ve played and we will get better.” With the loss, OPSU dropped to 1-2 on the season.
Sarah Polson led the Lady Aggies in scoring with ten points and freshman Yadira Ortega scored seven coming off the bench. Megan Hamilton, Sedra Watkins and Nina Kuleff all scored six points. Kuleff led her team in rebounds with eight.
The Lady Aggies won’t get much time for Thanksgiving as they will play two games this weekend in Denver. On Friday, they will take on Metro State and on Saturday they will tangle with Colorado State-Pueblo.
Cameron 67 Aggies 58
OPSU’s Fred Durr had the hot hand in a first half that saw both teams play well. The 6’7 junior drilled in 14 points and the score was deadlocked at 34-34 at the intermission.
As both teams entered the gym for the second half, it appeared to be anybody’s game, but Cameron was the hot team and outscored OPSU by 15 points in the first 7-1/2 minutes of that second half to hold a 54-39 advantage. The Aggies closed the gap to nine points several times, but could get no closer, and Cameron had the victory, 67-58.
Durr led both teams in scoring with 22 points, and teammates LaChawn Anderson and Will Stephenson added 17 and 12 respectively. Anderson and Stephenson each pulled down six rebounds and E.J. Ollison was the OPSU assist leader with five.
Cameron went to 2-0 on the young season and OPSU fell to 1-2. The Aggies will be in Tulsa on Saturday to face a rugged Division I foe, Oral Roberts, and then head south to San Angelo, Texas for a game with Angelo State.