Jasmine Williams (shown in a game earlier this season) led the Lady Aggies with 13 points in their big Heartland Conference victory over Lincoln on Saturday. - Jeff Flanagan photo
**For Immediate Release**
Lady Aggies Even Record with Victory Over Lincoln
- by Scott Puryear of OPSU Sports on 01/20/2008
Goodwell, Okla. - The Oklahoma Panhandle State women’s basketball team was in Jefferson City, Missouri on Saturday afternoon to face Heartland Conference rival Lincoln University. The Lady Aggies had their sights set on victory and they got it with a hard fought 51-45 win.
Neither team shot particularly well from the field, but the Lady Aggies had been working hard in practice on their free throw shooting and that effort paid off. Guard Megan Hamilton went to the line ten times and hit all of them and as a team, OPSU converted 17 of 21 tries from the charity stripe.
The game was a physical one, as it usually is when the Lady Aggies and Lincoln match up. At the halftime break, the score stood at 20-19 with OPSU ahead.
OPSU kept up the pressure in the second half and for the game they held the advantage in rebounds (48-41).
Jasmine Williams led the way for OPSU with 13 points to go with Hamilton’s ten and Ro Wilson’s nine. Ceara Brown and Connie Maas each pulled down eight rebounds and Sarah Polson grabbed seven boards to go with her eight points.
Head coach Brad Vanden Boogaard said he was pleased with the energy displayed by his team. He added that the Lady Aggies responded to the adjustments in the second half and did what they had to for the victory. The first year OPSU head coach also had high praise for the play of Wilson, a 5’9 senior from Denton, Texas.
The Lady Aggies evened their record at 7-7 on the season (2-1 in the conference) and Lincoln dropped to 1-12 (0-3).
OPSU’s 2-1 league mark has set them up for a good run within the Heartland Conference. They will work their way back toward Goodwell with a Monday evening game against Newman University in Wichita, Kansas. Tip-off is set for 5:30.