2001 NCAA Women's Tourney

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NCAA Basketball Scoreboard: Recap
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SW Missouri St. 104, Washington 87
Posted: Tuesday March 27, 2001 02:42 AM
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SPOKANE, Washington (Ticker) -- All hail Jackie Stiles.

Stiles, the all-time leading scorer in Division I women's history, poured in 32 points as Southwest Missouri State routed Washington, 104-87, in the West Region final of the NCAA Tournament.

Southwest Missouri State (29-5) is headed back to Missouri, where it will face Purdue in the Final Four on Friday.

Despite foul trouble, Stiles made 11-of-22 shots, including four 3-pointers. She had plenty of help as Tara Mitchem had a perfect shooting night with 7-of-7 shots and 6-of-6 free throws for 23 points. Mitchem went 3-for-3 from behind the arc for the Lady Bears, who are in the Final Four for the first time since 1992.

With Stiles scoring on an assortment of drives and jump shots, Southwest Missouri State built a 51-33 halftime advantage. But the key stretch in the game came with Stiles on the bench.

Washington (22-10) used a 14-1 run to close within 63-54 with 13:16 left to play. Stiles picked up her fourth foul in the process and went to the bench as the Huskies seemed poised to take advantage of her absence.

But Mitchem and Morgan Hohenberger each had 3-pointers as the Lady Bears scored 10 straight points for a 73-54 lead with 11 1/2 minutes to play.

Stiles re-entered but fouled out with 3:25 to go. The Huskies used a 10-2 spurt, capped by a 3-pointer by Loree Payne, to get within 94-85 with 80 seconds left. But Southwest Missouri State converted its free throws down the stretch to thwart the late rally.

Erika Rante added 16 points and 11 rebounds for the Lady Bears, who won their 10th in a row. Southwest Missouri State shot 63 percent (35-of-56) and registered its highest scoring output of the season in surpassing the century mark for just the second time this season.

Carly Deer grabbed 10 rebounds, helping the Lady Bears to a 39-29 advantage on the boards.

Payne scored 17 points and Kellie O'Neill added 14 off the bench for Washington, which shot 48 percent (29-of-65) and committed 14 turnovers.

Freshman Andrea Lalum was one of a trio of Huskies to finish with 12 points, along with LeAnn Sheets and Megan Franza.


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