From OPSU Sports Information
Laredo, Texas-The women of the OPSU basketball team played a conference game
Thursday night in Laredo against conference rival Texas A&M International,
and even though the Aggies kept the score close in the first half, the
Dustdevils spun out a 75-61 win as they improved their scoring in the second
With less than a minute into the game, Aggies Shayla Mathis and Sharice
Papaleo both scored jump shots to put OPSU ahead 4-0. The Dustdevils soon
tied it up and the teams continued to trade the lead until about five and a
half minutes were left. At that point, TAMI’s dynamic duo of the evening,
Samantha Chacon and Tina Dang, scored 11 between them while holding OPSU to
a single point. The Aggies rallied back with back-to-back 3-pointers from
Whitley Coca and Rosa Quinonez, but the score at the buzzer put the home
team ahead 31-26.
At the beginning of the second half, two made shots from the free throw line
by Shayla Mathis coupled with a 3-point shot from Sarah Johnson tied the
score. Again, the teams fought hard for the lead and the score was tied
twice more before TAMI began to pull ahead and remained in the lead, ending
the game with a 75-61 win over OPSU.
Dustdevil Dang led the scoring with 20 while teammate Chacon put in 18. For
the Aggies, Coca scored twelve and took down 6 rebounds while Da’Veonna
Munson chipped in 10 points. OPSU scored only 28.6 percent from the field
while TAMI was 43.5 percent. The loss puts the women’s overall season record
at 3-9 and 0-1 in conference play.
The women travel to San Antonio to play another conference game against the
St. Mary’s University Rattlers on Saturday, Jan. 5 and the women will have
their hands full against the 8-3 Rattlers.
Laredo, Texas—The OPSU men met up with more than they could handle Thursday
night in a Heartland Conference game against Texas A&M International as the
Aggies shot a dismal 29.5 percent from the field and only 10 percent from
beyond the arc.
The Aggies took the lead with a Tavien Rosemond 2-point shot at the
beginning, but it turned out that was the only time they would lead. The
Dustdevils took over and led the Aggies 42-18 at halftime, never looking
back as they crushed OPSU to take the 79-42 win. Rosemond led the Aggie
scoring with 12 followed by Damar Hill with nine. Bill Lee grabbed eight
rebounds. The men have lost the last five games and their over season record
sits at 4-9 and they are 0-2 in conference play.
They tip off against the St. Mary’s University Rattlers (8-1, 1-0 HC) in San
Antonio Saturday, Jan. 5 at approximately 4 p.m. Fans can follow the action
of the page.