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**For Immediate Release**
Lady Aggies Fall in Overtime to St. Edward’s
by Scott Puryear of Aggie Sports on 1/12/06

Goodwell, OK- It was exciting women's college basketball as the Lady Aggies of Oklahoma Panhandle State fought hard against St. Edward’s but lost 70-60 in overtime on Wednesday night in Austin, Texas.

It was a wild game from start to finish. OPSU trailed by only four points (32-28) at the half, but raged back to take a brief second period lead. St. Edward’s also played well, and the score was tied 56-56 at the end of regulation thanks to a bucket by OPSU’s April Gahagan just before the buzzer.

There was a questionable technical foul called on OPSU head coach Jerry Olson that gave St. Edward’s a momentum swing down the stretch in the second half.

St. Edward’s controlled the overtime tip-off and scored the first five points of the extra period to take a 61-56 advantage. The Lady Aggies fought back valiantly, refusing to give up, and both teams played with intensity despite being very tired. However, St. Edward’s had the hot hand and outscored the Lady Aggies by ten in the overtime period for their 70-60 victory.

With the loss, the Lady Aggies dropped to 6-10 on the season and 1-2 in the Heartland Conference. St. Edward’s raised their record to 4-9 on the season and 1-1 in conference play.

Nina Kuleff led the Lady Aggies with 17 points, and teammate Taneisha Rogers drilled in 16 including four three pointers. OPSU’s fine freshman, Sarah Furgeson, showed great hustle the entire game and finished with six points and six rebounds. Diana Garduno scored six points, as did Gahagan, who led the team with nine rebounds.

Olson was disappointed in the loss, but not in his team. “I thought we played well enough to win,” the veteran coach said.

The Lady Aggies get a well deserved week off before heading to Jefferson City, Missouri to match up with Lincoln University on January 18.


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