Lady Aggies Lose Tough Defensive Game to UIW
- by Scott Puryear of OPSU Sports on 01/08/2007
Goodwell, Okla. - It was a tough defensive battle between two determined teams in San Antonio on Saturday night between the Lady Aggies of Oklahoma Panhandle State and their Heartland Conference rival, the University of the Incarnate Word. UIW earned the victory, 58-51.
Though the Lady Aggies did not shoot well overall, with 33% from the field, OPSU’s Megan Hamilton and Sarah Polson kept things plenty exciting with their three-point shooting. UIW held a 32-22 lead at the intermission.
UIW tried very hard to put the Lady Aggies away in the second half – but it took a strong effort to do it - and Polson nailed a three point bomb to narrow the UIW lead to 43-38 with nine minutes remaining in the game.
As the game continued, there was no quit in the Lady Aggies and each of the two teams were determined for victory. OPSU’S Nina Kuleff dropped in a free throw to put the score at 46-40 with 5:15 left to play and soon after, a pair of Hamilton free throws got OPSU within five at 47-42.
Though the Lady Aggies missed some late free throws and made a couple of key turnovers with time winding down, they fought hard until the final buzzer. In the end, UIW left the court with a 58-51 win.
Hamilton led OPSU in scoring with 17 points and Polson knocked down 16. Together, that pair drilled in seven of 15 shots from outside the three-point arc with Polson getting three of them added to Hamilton’s four. Kuleff and Alisha Sladek scored seven and six points, respectively.
The Lady Aggies continue to rebound well and won “the battle of the boards” - 40-37. Kuleff pulled down ten and Val Boothe was right behind with nine.
OPSU coach Jerry Olson was pleased with the way his team competed. He added that the Lady Aggies made a few mental mistakes but would continue to work hard to be ready for a home stand that begins this coming Friday against Montana State-Billings.
The loss dropped the Lady Aggies to 2-12 on the season and UIW moved to 5-8.