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**For Immediate Release**
Lady Aggies Stifle MSU-Billings, 67-56
by Scott Puryear of Aggie Sports on 11/29/05

Goodwell, OK – The Oklahoma Panhandle State University women’s basketball team was very stingy with a good Montana State–Billings team on Monday night. OPSU led during 38 of the game’s 40 minutes, scored when they had to, and played extremely tough defense in their 67-56 victory.

The Lady Aggies came out fast and jumped to an 11-6 lead after four minutes and kept rolling. OPSU kept the pressure on during the entire first half and forced the Yellowjackets into numerous turnovers.

Michelle Kennedy’s bucket gave OPSU a 26-17 lead with six minutes to play in the opening half. With every Yellowjacket effort at a rally, the Lady Aggies responded and a Sarah Furgeson three point bomb gave them a 33-22 point lead with 2:30 left. At the intermission, OPSU was up 37-26.

Both teams started a bit slowly in the second half and OPSU still led by the 11 point margin (41-30) with 16:30 left in the game. The Lady Aggies continued to play some very tight defense, especially Taneisha Rogers and Nina Kuleff.

OPSU looked like they were ready to put MSU-B away for good, but the Yellowjackets put together a nice run to close the gap to 45-40 with 11:11 to play. Another Furgeson three point rocket, followed by a Diana Garduno deuce put OPSU back up 50-40 with ten minutes to play. However, the Yellowjackets are a good team and refused to quit, and at the 6:25 mark, the OPSU lead was back down to five (54-49).

Things got very rough under the boards on both ends of the court in the final six minutes, and the Lady Aggies were ready for all of it. They utilized strong teamwork and good conditioning and closed things out for the 67-56 win.

After the game, OPSU coach Jerry Olson said he liked what he saw from the Lady Aggie defense (which forced 25 turnovers). “Sara (Furgeson) and T (Rogers) really came up big for us down the stretch tonight,” Olson added. He was also especially complimentary of April Gahagan.

Four Lady Aggies scored in double figures, led by Furgeson’s 17. Kuleff had 13, Brandi Lewis had a dozen, and Rogers dropped in 11. Kuleff led both teams with 14 rebounds, Ferguson had a game high six assists, and Rogers had a game high five steals.

It was a very big win for the Lady Aggies (now 3-2 on the season).

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