Lady Aggies Fall by Four to St. Edward’s
- By Scott Puryear of Aggie Sports 02-01-2008
Goodwell, Okla. -- On Thursday, the Oklahoma Panhandle State women’s basketball team was in Austin, Texas for a match-up with St. Edward’s. The teams entered the contest tied for third place in the Heartland Conference, each with a 3-2 league record. It was a tough game all the way and St. Edward’s got the win, 54-50.
The Lady Aggies started off slowly and trailed 14-2 early in the game. However, and with determination, they fought their way back and Sarah Polson’s three-point bomb put them ahead 27-25 with just over three minutes to play in the first half. OPSU also played some excellent defense and they took a 29-27 advantage to the halftime break.
With just under 17 minutes left in the game, Polson drilled her fourth three pointer of the contest to give OPSU a 32-29 advantage.
Near the 12 minute mark, the Lady Aggies still held the lead at 34-31, but with 11 minutes left, St. Edward’s tied it up at 34-34.
St. Edward’s played very tough on the boards in the second half but they could not shake the Lady Aggies and the home team was ahead by just two at 41-39 at the 5:30 mark.
With both teams working hard for victory, St. Edward’s held a 50-46 lead near the three minute mark. With under a minute left, OPSU’s Jasmine Williams nailed a nice three-pointer and the Lady Aggies trailed by just two at 52-50.
However, and with nine seconds left, Hayley Tidwell of St. Edward’s hit a pair of clutch free throws and her team had the 54-50 win.
Williams led the Lady Aggies with 14 points and nine rebounds and Polson was right behind with 12 points and eight boards. Sladek had eight points and Connie Maas had seven rebounds, four assists and two points.
After the game, OPSU coach Brad Vanden Boogaard said, “We left some points out there that we needed to make and we had some great looks.” He also praised the hard work and effort of Polson.
The Lady Aggies now stand 9-9 on the season and 3-3 in the conference. They will be in San Antonio on Saturday evening for another tough league match-up with St. Mary’s, currently the first place team. The opening tip is set for 5:30.