Jasmine Williams is one of several members of the Oklahoma Panhandle State team who have come through in the team’s 2-0 start. Williams usually draws a crowd when she has the ball in her hands. - Jeff Flanagan photo
**For Immediate Release**
Lady Aggies Open the Season with Two Big Wins
- by OPSU Sports on 11/19/07
Goodwell, Okla. - The Oklahoma Panhandle State women’s basketball team got the 2007-08 basketball season rolling with wins in each of their first two games and both victories were built with solid team effort.
LADY AGGIES 68, New Mexico Highlands 51
A big second half equaled a big victory as the Oklahoma Panhandle State women’s basketball team traveled to Las Vegas, New Mexico on Thursday and dumped New Mexico Highlands 68-51. The Lady Aggies held a 21-19 advantage at the intermission before exploding for 47 points in the second half.
It was a nice win for new OPSU head coach Brad Vanden Boogaard in his team’s regular season opener.
Jasmine Williams led a balanced Lady Aggie scoring attack with 11 points. Sedra Watkins and Cherrelle Tillis each scored ten and Connie Maas dropped in nine. Sarah Polson was the Lady Aggie assist leader with three to go along with her eight points. Alisha Sladek and Ceara Brown each scored seven and the hard working Ro Wilson scored six points to go with her eight rebounds.
OPSU earned a 51-36 advantage in rebounds with Tillis and Williams pulling down 11 and ten, respectively.
Vanden Boogaard was pleased with the overall performance and noted the Lady Aggies did a great job of getting to the foul line (37 times) and showed a consistent scoring attack to go with their rebound advantage. He added that he expects his team to continue to improve.
LADY AGGIES 51, Southwestern Oklahoma 47
The Oklahoma Panhandle State women’s basketball team played their home opener on Saturday afternoon and fought their way to their second consecutive victory, this time with a 51-47 win against Southwestern Oklahoma State. Though not shooting to their capabilities and being outrebounded – the Lady Aggies did what good teams do – they found a way to win
With the tough, close game tied 47-47 with 1:30 remaining, OPSU’s Ro Wilson took a nice pass from Alisha Sladek and hit a short jumper to put the Lady Aggies up by two points. A short time later, after a missed attempt by Southwestern that would have tied the game, Wilson fought her way through heavy traffic for the rebound and was fouled. The 5’9 senior coolly stepped to the foul line and nailed both charity shots to seal the four point victory for the Lady Aggies.
The win put OPSU at the top of the early season Heartland Conference standings with a 2-0 record while Southwestern fell to 1-1.
OPSU lost the battle of the boards 43-32 and shot 38% from the field, but they played with pride and absolutely refused to leave their gym without a victory.
Wilson had a game high ten points and the always hustling Sladek added nine as did the quick Cherrelle Tillis. Sarah Polson, Jasmine Williams, and Sedra Watkins each had six points.
Wilson and Williams shared game high rebounding honors with eight and Tillis had a game high four assists.
OPSU head coach Brad Vanden Boogaard said, “We must improve our rebounding and take better care of the ball, but these kids worked very hard for the win and were determined not to give it away.
The Lady Aggies will be in Hays, Kansas on Wednesday for a contest against always tough Fort Hays State.