Lady Aggies Drop Two in Colorado Tournament
- by Aggie Sports on 11/27/06
Goodwell, Okla. — The Oklahoma Panhandle State women’s basketball team was in Denver over the weekend participating in the Red Lion Inn Tournament. The Lady Aggies went head to head with a pair of very tough teams (Metro State and Colorado State-Pueblo), and though they played hard, they lost both games.
Metro State 72 Lady Aggies 60
In Friday action, the Lady Aggies fell behind by 21 points in the first half and had trouble handling the Metro State press, but roared back in the second half and made a game of it. Metro State is a seasoned team with five returning starters who had earlier lost by just three points to the number two ranked team in NCAA Division II (North Dakota).
The Lady Aggies put together an impressive run in the second half and got as close as seven points before Metro State closed things up for their second win of the season. Jerry Olson, OPSU coach, was not disappointed in the loss, saying his team showed signs of growing up. The Lady Aggies, after shooting 36% from the field in the opening half, heated things up in the second with 53%.
Sara Polson led the Lady Aggies in scoring with 17 points (including four three-point shots) and Nina Kuleff netted 16. Val Boothe, Alisha Sladek and Megan Hamilton each chipped in seven points. Sladek led OPSU with six rebounds and Hamilton handed out six assists.
CSU-Pueblo 66 Lady Aggies 54
In the second round of the Red Lion Inn Tournament in Denver, the Lady Aggies drew another rugged opponent, Colorado State University–Pueblo, the preseason choice to win the Rocky Mountain Conference. For most of the game it was close, but a second half run, led by Mary Rehfeld’s 25 points, gave the ThunderWolves the 64 - 54 win.
In the opening half, the game was tied at 14 with 6:20 remaining but CSU-Pueblo went on an 11-2 run to go ahead, 25-16, with less than two minutes to play. The ThunderWolves took a 28-21 lead into the halftime break. In that first half, OPSU’s Nina Kuleff had nine points and seven rebounds.
The Lady Aggies played very hard in the second half and fought their way back into things, trailing by just two points, 42-40, with 6:45 to play. However, the ThunderWolves went on an 18-3 run, during which time Rehfeld scored 11 straight points, and took control of the game. Rehfeld totaled 31 points.
The Lady Aggies were led by Megan Hamilton’s 14 points and five assists, while Kuleff added 11 points and nine rebounds.
OPSU coach Jerry Olson said he thought his team played well defensively overall and added that the Lady Aggies would continue to work hard to improve.
With the win, CSU-Pueblo improved to 2-2, while OPSU dropped to 1-4 overall. The Lady Aggies will be in Joplin on Wednesday for a match-up with Missouri Southern, then back on their home court for a Friday game with a good Fort Hays State team at 7:00 p.m.