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Bears advance to title game

Outside shooting carries Southwest Missouri past Iowa in semifinal
Tuesday, March 29, 2005 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 5:19 p.m. CDT, Saturday, July 19, 2008

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Jenni Lingor scored 32 points to lead Southwest Missouri State to an 89-80 victory against Iowa in the semifinals of the Women’s NIT on Monday night.

K.C. Cowgill finished with 21 points and Sarah Klaassen added 12 for Southwest Missouri (24-8). Kari Koch finished with 12 assists.

Jamie Cavey had 20 points and 13 rebounds for Iowa (23-10). Crystal Smith finished with 18 points, Johanna Solverson added 14 points and Jenna Armstrong scored 12.

Southwest Missouri will face West Virginia, which beat Kentucky 80-75 in double overtime, for the championship Thursday night.

Southwest Missouri shot 17-for-25 from 3-point range, two short of the school record. The Bears shot 51 percent (30 of 59) from the field and converted all 12 of their free throw chances.

Iowa shot 52 percent (34-of-66) and outscored Southwest Missouri 38-20 in the paint.

Cowgill shot 4-for-4 from 3-point range in the first half and Southwest Missouri made 11 of 15 shots from beyond the arc on the way to a 51-40 lead at the break.

Iowa opened the second half with a 19-6 run. Smith scored seven in the outburst, including a 3-pointer with 14:12 left to give Iowa a 59-56 lead.

But Southwest Missouri countered with a 16-7 run and took a 72-66 lead with 7:35 left. After Iowa closed within 77-72 with 5:28 left, Southwest Missouri scored 10 straight to put the game away.

West Virginia 70,

Kentucky 65, 2OT

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Meg Bulger had 31 points and 11 rebounds and West Virginia extended its longest postseason run ever.

West Virginia (21-12) was scoreless for more than 11 1/2 minutes in the second half and squandered a 20-point lead, before rallying and outscoring Kentucky 14-9 in the second overtime.

Sarah Elliott finished with 14 points, 12 rebounds and five blocked shots for the Wildcats, who matched their season high with 23 turnovers and completed their longest postseason run.

West Virginia shot 11-for-23 from 3-point range. Sherrel Sowho led the way, going 5-for-7 and scoring 21 points. Bulger shot 4-for-9 from 3-point range.

Kentucky hit 3 of 17 shots from beyond the arc, including 2-of-10 by Sara Potts.

Bulger, the leading scorer in the Big East, had eight points in the second overtime and went 4-of-4 from the free-throw line in the final 26.8 seconds.

West Virginia led 49-29 with 16:43 left, but didn’t score again until 5:09 remained. After Sowho’s 3-pointer put the Mountaineers ahead by 20 points, West Virginia had three baskets and nine points in the final minutes of regulation.

Kentucky took its first lead at 53-52 with 2:27 left. West Virginia regained the lead before Potts made a 6-footer with 7.8 seconds left to tie the game.

After a West Virginia turnover, Kentucky freshman Samantha Mahoney missed a well-guarded 3-pointer at the buzzer.

After scoring 32 and 31 points in Kentucky’s two previous games, Potts finished with 29. Entering the WNIT, the senior guard’s career high was 30 points.

The teams traded the lead in the first overtime. West Virginia went 4-of-8 from the line. Potts made two free throws with 15.9 seconds left to tie the game at 66-all, and Yolanda Paige missed at the buzzer for West Virginia.

Kentucky didn’t score for the first three minutes of the second overtime. Bulger scored with 1:53 left to give West Virginia a 72-66 lead.


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