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Stiles leads Bears to MVC title

March 4, 2001

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— Another day, a different pressure for Jackie Stiles.

The Southwest Missouri State guard thought everything would be so much easier after setting the NCAA career scoring record on Thursday. She forgot about Senior Day.

Stiles added 35 points to her record as the No. 18 Bears earned a share of the Missouri Valley championship by beating Drake 87-63 Saturday.

Stiles and four other Southwest Missouri seniors were introduced before their final regular-season home game and it appeared she was trying a bit too hard early, missing five of eight shots including a layup.

"I started off pretty sluggish, but that happened to me my senior year in high school," Stiles said. "So, I should have learned my lesson. But I couldn't help it."

Stiles settled down and played a key role in a 24-2 run that put the game away in the second half, getting two free throws, a three-pointer and a basket in a span of 1:31.

"The second half, it was all out the window," Deer said of Stiles. "She did great."

Stiles also got hot at the end of the first half, scoring six of her 13 points in the final 4:04 to help Southwest Missouri take a 37-31 lead. She made 12 of 21 shots.

"Bouncing back from the emotions from the previous game, that's probably what I was the most impressed with," coach Cheryl Burnett said. "Not only her, but our basketball team. Frankly, I was concerned."

Stiles, who's averaging 30.9 points, broke the 12-year-old record of Patricia Hoskins of Mississippi Valley State with a 30-point outing Thursday. The four-year starter hiked her career point total to 3,168.

Southwest Missouri State (22-5, 16-2 Missouri Valley) ended Drake's 14-game winning streak and pulled even with the Bulldogs (21-5, 16-2) headed into the conference tournament next week.

Deer had 10 points and 13 rebounds and Tara Mitchem added 17 points for SMS, which ended a three-game losing streak against Drake.

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