Lady Aggies Fall to East Central, 57-51
by Scott Puryear on 01/03/05
Ada, OK - In their first game of 2006,
the Oklahoma Panhandle State women’s basketball team
visited the Lady Tigers of East Central University on Monday
night and lost a hard fought game, 57-51.
East Central is a solid team that came into the game riding
a four game winning streak. The Lady Aggies, entering the contest
with a season record of 6-6, were up for a big win in their
final game before Heartland Conference play goes into full
It was a tight battle in the first half and the Lady Aggies
led for most of it with a good team effort, especially on the
defensive end. OPSU was up 22-16 with two minutes to play in
the opening period, but soon a three point bomb by Bridgett
Boykin put the Lady Aggies ahead by ten (26-16). OPSU held
a 26-18 lead as the teams went to intermission.
Nina Kuleff of OPSU scored quickly as
the second half began and the Lady Aggies were back to a
ten point lead (28-18). However, East Central went on an
8-0 run to narrow OPSU’s
margin to 28-26.
East Central continued to push and took
a 32-30 lead with just under 13 minutes to play in the contest,
but not long after, OPSU’s Taneisha Rogers nailed a
three point rocket to put the Lady Aggies back ahead, 33-32.
The advantage continued to alternate between the two teams
in a very physical game, and it was tied at 43 each at the
six minute mark.
As the clock wound down, both teams tried very hard for the
win. The Lady Aggies gave a valiant effort, but East Central
converted their free throws down the stretch, and picked up
the 57-51 win.
Post game, OPSU coach Jerry Olson said
his team did not block out well enough and made too many
mistakes. “We just
weren’t mentally tough enough,” the veteran mentor
also said. Olson added that the team had to concentrate on
the little things quite a bit more.
Rogers scored 18 for the Lady Aggies and Kuleff had 17 to
go with her eight rebounds. Michelle Kennedy also pulled down
eight boards for OPSU.
The Lady Aggies (now 6–7) will
board the bus later in the week for the 715 mile one-way
trip to Montana to face Montana State University-Billings.
MSUB was the preseason pick to win the Heartland Conference
and the Lady Aggies were picked second. However, in the first
match of the season between them on November 28, OPSU picked
up a 67-56 victory. The teams will play in Billings on both
Friday and Saturday.