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Western Oregon 80, Huron, S.D. 77

March 13, 1996

ANGOLA, Ind. (AP) _ Sandie Graves scored 24 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead top-seeded Western Oregon to an 80-77 victory over Huron, S.D., Tuesday night to take their second-straight NAIA Division II women’s championship.

Graves scored 16 points in the first half for the Wolves (31-4) en route to tournament MVP honors for the second consecutive season.

Julie Miller added 16 points and Joan Coleman 15 for Western Oregon.

The Wolves broke a 77-77 tie with 49 seconds left in the game on a free throw by Coleman to a cap a three-point play. Shelly Potter then sank two free throws with 12 seconds left.

``These girls have played under so much pressure all season long,″ said Western Oregon coach Rusty Rogers. ``They have really responded well all year, and it really showed down the stretch tonight.″

Huron (30-5) was led by Linda Klug with 17 points. Klug connected on 5 of 6 field goals and 6-of-6 from the charity stripe.

Tiffany Young added 14 points and Angie Kristensen had 11.

``We had a little trouble, and they had people who stepped up,″ said Huron coach Shane Warwick. ``It could’ve very well gone the other way if a couple of baskets had fallen.″

Huron shot 40 percent from the floor for the game, while Western Oregon made 51 percent of their field goal tries.

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