Jasmine Williams fights for two at Thursday night's game against UT-PB. - Hector Cobos photo
**For Immediate Release**
Lady Aggies Earn a Solid 79-63 Conference Victory
- by Scott Puryear of Aggie Sports on 01-25-2008
Goodwell, Okla. -- The Oklahoma Panhandle State women’s basketball team worked very hard on Thursday night on their home court and earned a solid 79-63 win over the Falcons from the University of Texas-Permian Basin. Jasmine Williams and Megan Hamilton combined for 47 points as the Lady Aggies evened their season record at 8-8.
OPSU started a bit slowly and trailed 23-15 with just under nine minutes to play in the first half. However, behind the shooting of Williams and Hamilton, along with some very tough defense from guards Alisha Sladek and Connie Mass, the Lady Aggies put things together and went to the halftime break ahead 38-32.
The second half was a dogfight for a good portion of the way, and the Lady Aggies led by just two points (56-54) with 10:04 remaining in the game. The OPSU defense continued to shine, especially in the rebounding department, and the Lady Aggies cruised home with the 79-63 victory.
Though the Falcons’ Crystal Johnson scored a game high 31 points, the Lady Aggie 53-24 rebounding advantage was their key to the win. OPSU also continued to shoot well at the free throw line, converting 13 of 15.
“Double-Doubles” are becoming very familiar territory to OPSU’s Williams. On the night, the 6’1 junior scored 28 points and pulled down a game high 17 rebounds. Her rebound total tied a Heartland Conference high for the season. Hamilton, a 5’6 senior, hit six of 12 three-point attempts on her way to 19 points and also pulled down five rebounds.
The hard working Maas had 11 rebounds, five points and three big steals. Sarah Polson had eight points and Sladek finished with seven rebounds and five assists.
It was a nice win for the Lady Aggies, who remain in hot contention in the Heartland Conference with a league record of 3-2 (8-8 overall). They will be back on their home court with a Friday contest against Johnson & Wales University. Tip-off is set for 7:00 p.m.