Jasmine Williams had a huge game in the OPSU victory on Thursday. The 6’1 junior scored 25 points and pulled down 18 rebounds.
**For Immediate Release**
Lady Aggies Top UT-PB, 64-55
- By Scott Puryear of OPSU Sports on 02-08-2008
Goodwell, Okla. -- The Oklahoma Panhandle State women’s basketball team was in Odessa on Thursday and picked up a nice 64-55 win over the University of Texas-Permian Basin. OPSU junior center Jasmine Williams had a monster game with 25 points and 18 rebounds.
The score stood 32-23 OPSU at the half, but UTPB opened the second half with a 11-1 run. With 5:15 remaining, the Lady Aggies trailed 46-44, but a fast pair of long three pointers by sophomore Yadira Ortega put OPSU ahead by four at 50-46.
The Lady Aggies closed the game out in strong fashion as they evened their season record at 10-10 (4-4 in the Heartland Conference).
Williams entered the game as the fourth leading scorer in the Heartland Conference with a 13.8 average and the league leader in rebounding with 8.2 per game. Williams is a player that UTPB will not soon forget as she scored 53 points and had 35 rebounds in the two games between the teams this season.
Alisha Sladek scored ten points for OPSU, Ortega had six, and Sarah Polson scored five to go with 11 rebounds. Connie Maas had five points and hauled down a dozen big rebounds. Polson also had two steals.
Lady Aggie coach Brad Vanden Boogaard was upbeat about the win, but said he was still looking for more passion and enthusiasm from the team as a whole. The first year head coach liked what he saw from Maas and Williams and was especially pleased with continually improving play of Ortega, who had been slowed by an injury. Vanden Boogaard also praised the hard work of 6’2 center Milica Rogic off the bench. Rogic is a 6’2 junior from Belgrade, Serbia.
With the victory, the Lady Aggies evened their season record at 10-10 and their conference record at 4-4. They will be in Denver, Colorado on Saturday afternoon to play Johnson & Wales University.