| Nina Kuleff up for 2. – Laura Dahl photo
**For Immediate Release**
Lady Aggies Fall to ENMU in Defensive Battle
- by Scott Puryear of Aggie Sports on 11/19/06
Goodwell, Okla. — It was a “hands in your face” game from start to finish in the Oklahoma Panhandle State gym on Saturday night. The Lady Aggies took a three-point halftime lead, but Eastern New Mexico fought back in the second half and earned a 64-57 victory.
Both teams played exceptionally hard on defense, but the key stats were in free throws, rebounds, and blocked shots. Though both teams hit 75% of their charity tosses, ENM put in 24 to OPSU’s 18. On the boards, ENM pulled down 47 compared to OPSU’s 33, and the visitors blocked five shots to none for the Lady Aggies.
For most of the way, it was anybody’s game, and the score was deadlocked for the seventh time at 44-44 with eight minutes left to play. However, ENM then went on an 8-0 run. The Lady Aggies then made their own run, and with 1:52 remaining Megan Hamilton’s free throw got OPSU within four points at 61-57. In the final minute, OPSU had three tries at three point goals, but none of them would fall and ENM then closed the game with free throws, sealing their first win of the year, 64-57.
The loss put the Lady Aggies at 1-1 on the season, and they were again led in scoring by Hamilton. The junior guard dropped in 21 points, her second consecutive 20-plus point performance. Nina Kuleff had nine points for OPSU and Sedra Watkins added eight. Kuleff and Hamilton each had six rebounds.
After the game, OPSU coach Jerry Olson said. “When it came to crunch time, they made the plays and we did not.” Olson added that he was pleased with the play of Hamilton and Yadira Ortega (a freshman who came off the bench and scored five points and made a key steal).
The Lady Aggies will again be in action on Tuesday night as part of a men’s and women’s double header. At 5:00 p.m. the men’s team (also 1-1) will tangle with Cameron University and immediately after (at approximately 7:00 p.m.) the Lady Aggies will match up with Central Oklahoma.