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Shippensburg, Pa. 84, Abilene Christian 81

March 22, 1996

FARGO, N.D. (AP) _ Tracy Spencer scored 26 points to lead Shippensburg, Pa., into the NCAA Division II women’s championship game with an 84-81 victory over Abilene Christian of Texas.

The Lady Raiders (28-5) used their speed and free throw shooting to defeat the larger Abilene Christian players. Shippensburg was 30 of 38 from the line.

Melissa Swartz, a 5-8 Shippensburg junior, weaved her way through ACU’s tall inside players and was 8-of-8 from the free throw line in the second half. She scored 23 points.

Trailing 37-34 with less than two minutes to play in the first half, ACU (30-2) ran off nine straight points to end the half and four unanswered points to open the second.

Aukse Stepanoviciute, a 6-foot-5 junior center for ACU (30-2), fouled out with just under five minutes to play after being held to eight points and three rebounds.

Anne Svennson, the Raiders’ 6-3 sophomore center, scored 13 points and grabbed 10 rebounds.

The Wildcats’ Caroline Omamo, a 6-0 sophomore from Nairobi, led all scorers with 31 points and pulled down nine boards. Jennifer Clarkson scored 28 and led ACU with 11 rebounds.

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