Lady Aggies Start Slow, Then Roll to 14th Win
- By Scott Puryear of OPSU Sports on 2/24/08
Goodwell, Okla. -- The Oklahoma Panhandle State women’s basketball team overcame a slow start, served up a tough second half performance, and earned their 14th victory of the season (54-48) here on Saturday night. There was no admission charge to the public, thanks to the sponsorship of Tri-County Electric Cooperative.
It was the final home game of the season and in a post game ceremony, Lady Aggie seniors Alisha Sladek, Megan Hamilton, Sarah Polson, Jeanna Cramer, Connie Maas, Sedra Watkins and Milica Rogic were honored. OPSU coach Brad Vanden Boogaard recognized each of the players for their contributions and several of them were joined by their parents.
At the beginning of the contest, it took both teams some time to get on track and the Lady Aggies led 19-16 at the end of the first half.
With 11:20 left in the game, Lincoln held a 32-30 advantage, but thanks largely to some tough defense and two long three-point shots by Polson, the Lady Aggies were ahead 38-32 with seven minutes on the clock.
With Jasmine Williams and Sladek playing especially tough inside, the Lady Aggies refused to let their opponents back into contention and the 54-48 victory upped their current winning streak to three.
Sladek led all scorers with a 16-point performance and Jasmine Williams added 12 points to go with a game high 13 rebounds. Maas and Cherelle Tillis each scored seven, while Polson put in six points. Sladek also came up with a game high six steals.
The victory boosted the Lady Aggie season record to 14-11, they currently sit in fourth place in the Heartland Conference with a 7-5 league record, and they have an excellent shot at making it to the conference playoffs in two weeks.
Fans in the OPSU gym this season had a great deal of fun with some exciting games. In Vanden Boogaard’s first year as the Lady Aggie head coach, the team posted an excellent 8-3 home court record.
Next up for the Lady Aggies will be a trip to Laredo for a Thursday night match-up with Texas A&M International. They will close the regular season on Saturday evening in San Antonio against the University of the Incarnate Word.
The Heartland Conference postseason tournament is set for the second week of March in Denton, Texas and OPSU Sports will publish the pairings as soon as they are made available.