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Nov. 28, 2003 — The Southwest Missouri State University Lady Bears beat the West Virginia University Mountaineers 82-64, and The Georgia Tech University Yellow Jackets defeated the James Madison University Dukes 60-53 Thursday evening at the 2003 Paradise Jam women’s NCAA tournament at UVI.
The Lady Bears (1-0) gave the Mountaineers (2-1) their first lost of the season with a dominating and convincing victory in the first game of the day. SMSU shot better than 50 percent from the field and hit more than 90 percent from the free-throw line.
The game was fairly closely contested in the early first half. There were four lead changes and one tie within the first six-and-a-half minutes. But the Lady Bears came out of hibernation to go on a 13-0 run to end the first half and take command of the game, leading 42-25 at the break.
The Mountaineers, down by 18 points early in the second half, made a valiant attempt to come back, but could not get closer than nine points, 68-59, with fewer than six minutes left in the contest. The Lady Bears ended the game with another offensive surge, 14-5, to cap all scoring.
The Lady Bears had an answer for every thing the Mountaineers could throw at them. WVU got no help from the bench in the second half and just three points, by Ashley Dunn, in the first.
Kari Koch had a game-high 29 points to lead SMSU, with 16 scored in the second half. Jenni Lingor had 18 points and 12 rebounds to record a double-double for the Lady Bears. Lingor had 11 points and seven rebounds in the first half. Nine of those points came during her team’s first half 13-0 run. Meg Tierney dumped in 17 points for the winners.
The Mountaineers had four players in double figures, led by Kate Bulger with 16 points. Janell Dunlap and Sherell Sowho added 15 and 14 points respectively. Yolanda Paige had 10 points and a game-high six assists. Sowho grabbed a team-high seven rebounds.
Tech Outruns Dukes
In the second game, the Yellow Jackets (2-0) used a big offensive run at the end of the game in defeating the Dukes (1-1). Tech was 8-of-8 from the free-throw line down the stretch.
Neither team seemed to be able to get into an offensive rhythm in the first half. They both shot below 35 percent from the field in the half. The Dukes were not helped by their bench who shot but 1-of-6 in the half. The Yellow Jackets' bench did a little better, shooting 2-of-4 for five points.
The lead was exchanged four times in the final three-and-a-half minutes of the half. The Dukes got their first lead of the second half at the 15-minute mark during an 8-0 run to take a four-point lead, 37-33, with 12:39 left.
The Yellow Jackets then went on a 15-0 run with fewer than nine minutes left in the game to get their biggest lead, 54-44. The Dukes tried to answer in the final few minutes but were unable to overcome the deficit.
Alex Steward had 18 points to lead the Yellow jackets. She had eight of her points in the final eight-and-a-half minutes. Teammate Fallon Strokes tossed in 12 points, and April Johnson added 11 points from the bench. Johnson was 7-of-10 from the charity line. She was perfect in free throws when it counted, 6-of-6 in the final four minutes of the game.
The Dukes were led by Lesley Dickerson, who ended with 16 points, 13 of those in the second half. Dickerson also grabbed a game-high six rebounds, but committed seven turnovers. Krystal Brooks added 10 points in the defeat. Mary Beth Culbertson had a game-high eight assists.

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