Lady Aggies Keep Rolling with 79-74 Victory
by Scott Puryear of Aggie Sports on 02/06/06
Goodwell, OK - It wasn’t easy, but the Oklahoma Panhandle
State women’s basketball team clawed their way to a 79-74
victory over Western New Mexico in Silver City, N.M. on Saturday.
It was the Lady Aggies’ second win over WNM in as many
nights and their seventh straight as they stayed in hot pursuit
of Montana State-Billings for the Heartland Conference title.
It was tough NCAA Division II basketball from start to finish,
and the radio audience as well as those in attendance enjoyed
a great game. WNM came out for the opening tip with great determination,
and it was a see-saw battle for almost the entire contest with
the game tied at 32-32 at the halftime break.
The second half was much the same. With five minutes left,
the Lady Aggies knew they had to make a strong move, which
is exactly what they did. With 4:24 left in the game, it was
tied at 64-64 but a clutch three-point play by Nina Kuleff
put the Lady Aggies up 67-64.
WNM stayed right in it, and OPSU held a slim 74-72 advantage
with 38 seconds remaining. However, Bridgett Boykin coolly
nailed a 3-pointer to put the Lady Aggies ahead by five. Both
teams exchanged baskets in the final seconds, and the Lady
Aggies went home with a 79-74 victory. Their season record
now stands at 13-10.
OPSU’s excellent sophomore guard Taneisha Rogers did
not play Saturday night due to a rib injury received during
the previous night’s win. Rogers is expected to be back
in action soon.
OPSU head coach Jerry Olson had nothing but praise for the
opposing team. He also commended the stellar performances from
Boykin, Kuleff, Brandi Lewis, and Sarah Furgeson.
Kuleff is making a serious bid for Heartland Conference Player
of the Year. On Saturday, the six-footer from Phoenix, Ariz.
had yet another double-double with 24 points and 12 rebounds.
Furgeson and Lewis, who played with a painfully sore knee,
each put in a dozen, and Boykin was “bombs away,” scoring
all of her 18 points in the decisive second half.
The Lady Aggies are 6-2 in the conference standings, trailing
only Montana State-Billings, with whom they have split two
games in league play. The Lady Aggies head to San Antonio on
Thursday to play the University of the Incarnate Word and will
stay in town to play St. Mary’s on Saturday. Both schools
are Heartland Conference opponents.