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Tough Road Weekend for OPSU
11/25/2013
 

Both OPSU basketball teams suffered losses on the road this weekend as the
women dropped a conference loss to the University of Texas-Permian Basin and
the men fell to Fort Hays State.

 

The Aggie women played first on Saturday in Odessa, Texas and kept things
interesting in the first half; tying the game up four times and going up by
five points after only eight minutes of play. However, the Lady Falcons went
on a shooting spree soon after, and would leave the court 14 points up with
a score of 42-27 to end the half.

 

A UTPB foul started the second half, and Aggie forward Courtney Sheets sunk
both of her shots from the line. The Aggie baskets were heating up thanks to
layups good from Sheets and Sarah Johnson and a jumper from Sharice Papaleo;
the Falcon lead dropped to eight with only two and a half minutes off the
clock. The Lady Falcons answered back and brought their lead up to 14 points
with 16:26 still left in the game, but the Aggies did not back down. Through
combined efforts from six different players, the Aggie women went on to
score 20 points to the Lady Falcons' 11, and brought themselves within five
points of the lead at the eight minute mark. That would be the last of the
scoring runs for OPSU though, as their only points would come from free
throw shots for the remainder of the game and UTPB took the win with a final
score of 87-69.

 

Senior Sarah Johnson shot a season-high 20 points and also led the Aggies
with four assists. Courtney Sheets was a whopping 10-12 from the line,
finishing the game with a total of 12 points and bringing in eight rebounds.
Sharice Papaleo led in rebounds with ten and ranked third in scoring with
eight total points. The Aggies improved their shooting percentage from the
field with 37.8% but dropped in three-pointers, sinking only 2-15. Their
record falls to 0-6 overall and 0-2 in the Heartland Conference.

 

OPSU's men took on the 25th-ranked Tigers of Fort Hays State Saturday
afternoon in Hays, Kan. FHSU jumped out to a 7-0 lead thanks to early fouls
and a turnover from the Aggies, but Jeremy Newton shook things up with the
first three of the day and the Tiger lead dropped to four. The Tigers
answered with their own three-pointer and went on to win the battle at the
net, bringing down twenty-five rebounds in the first half to the Aggies
eleven, and going into the locker room with an comfortable18-point lead
(53-35).

 

The Aggie men held the Tigers scoreless for the first three minutes of the
second half and went on to score seven unanswered points to drop the Tiger
lead to eight (71-63) with 8:38 left in the game. Back-to-back Aggie fouls
put the Tigers at the line where they were near perfect, shooting 87%
(20-23) for the game. Tavien Rosemond , Jeremy Newton, T.J. Farrell, and
Dawayne Matthews combined to score the final eleven points of the game for
the Aggies and FHSU maintained their winning record. The final score from
Kansas was 98-74 in favor of the Tigers.

 

Transfer guard Z. Jones had a great game shooting 5-8 from the field, 5-6
from the free-throw line, and was perfect from behind the arc scoring on all
four of his three- point attempts; Jones led the Aggies in scoring (19) and
assists (6). Junior Jeremy Newton finished with 14 points and was perfect
from the free-throw line and Bill Lee led the team in rebounds totaling six.
The Aggies' overall record is now 0-5.

 

Both teams will spend Thanksgiving week on the road with the women traveling
to Portales, N.M. on Friday, Nov. 29 to play Eastern New Mexico at 2 p.m.,
while the men head to Colorado for a tournament hosted by Colorado Christian
in Lakewood. The tournament begins on Friday with a match-up against Bethany
College at 6 p.m. and wraps up on Saturday, Nov. 30 at 7 p.m. when the men
play Colorado Christian.

© Justine Gaskamp
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