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**For Immediate Release**
Lady Aggies Lose Close Game to Eastern New Mexico
- by Scott Puryear of Aggie Sports on 12/08/06

Goodwell, Okla. - In a hotly contested Thursday game in Portales, the visiting Oklahoma Panhandle State women’s basketball team fell to Eastern New Mexico, 77-70.

Neither the Lady Aggies nor the Zias could gain a clear advantage in the early going, but a 6-0 run put the Zias ahead 20-14 with a dozen minutes left in the first half. The Lady Aggies fought back and there were six lead changes in the remaining first half time. However, a run in the closing minutes gave the Zias a 43-35 advantage at the halftime break.

The Zias came out as the hot team in the early second half, but an 8-2 run by OPSU trimmed the Zia lead to 56-50 with just over ten minutes to play in the game. Sarah Polson’s two free throws got OPSU to within two points (62-60) with 5:24 remaining, but the Zias hit some key buckets plus nine of their final 11 free throws to seal their 77-70 win.

In the statistics department, things were very close. Both teams shot 34.8 percent from the floor, but ENMU held an 80-67 percent shooting advantage from the free throw line. OPSU held a 50-46 edge on the boards, and capitalized with a 19-11 margin in second chance points.

OPSU coach Jerry Olson was not displeased with his team’s performance and liked the way they stayed with it through the entire game. The veteran coach especially liked the Lady Aggie rebounding, noting that 20 of their 50 rebounds were at the offensive end, giving them some good second chance opportunities.

Polson led the Lady Aggies in scoring with 17 points, pulled down six rebounds, and had a team high four assists. Megan Hamilton scored nine points for OPSU and reliable senior center Nina Kuleff had a nice “double-double” with 11 points and 11 rebounds.

The Lady Aggies (now 1-7) will be in Shawnee, Oklahoma on Saturday afternoon for a 2:00 p.m. contest with St. Gregory’s.

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