Lady Aggies Play Well in Loss to Colorado State
- by Scott Puryear of Aggie Sports on 12/18/06
Goodwell, Okla. - The Oklahoma Panhandle State women’s basketball team was not one bit intimidated by Division I Colorado State on Sunday afternoon in Fort Collins. Though CSU picked up the victory, 76-64, they had to earn it from a determined Lady Aggie team.
Led by hot shooting from Megan Hamilton, Alisha Sladek, and Sarah Polson, along with solid passing and a tenacious defense, the Lady Aggies led by as many as 11 points in the opening half. Two or more inches taller at virtually every position, CSU fought back and managed to grab the halftime lead at 39-38.
Undaunted, the Lady Aggies came out from the break with the same level of determination they showed in the first half and continued to hustle and play hard, seizing the lead at 55-53 with just under 11 minutes to play. However, a 10-0 CSU run put the home team in front, 63-55 with 6:01 left in the contest.
The Lady Aggies were not there simply to get the experience of playing a Division I school in a big arena. They were there to show what they are capable of, and that is exactly what they did. Though CSU picked up their fifth win of the season with the 76-64 win, there was not one bit of quit in OPSU.
Hamilton led OPSU in scoring with 18 points, and chalked up seven assists with some excellent passing. Sladek had 15 points, Nina Kuleff dropped in 14, while Polson and Val Boothe each scored eight points.
There was an exceptionally good battle in the paint between the 6’0 Kuleff and CSU’s 6’4 Marilyn Moulton. Kuleff won the scoring battle 15-10, while Moulton had the edge in rebounding 16-15. Kuleff was credited with five assists, while Moulton posted two.
The Lady Aggies were 12 of 24 from outside of the three point arc with Hamilton drilling in six of them and Sladek nailing four in five tries.
OPSU coach Jerry Olson was pleased with both the play execution and the hustle showed by his team. He added that Kuleff played very well.
The Aggies, now 2-9, will get a few days off for Christmas then head northwest for a December 30th game with Montana State-Billings.