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Stephen Austin 97, Tx.-Arlington 55

February 22, 1998

NACOGDOCHES, Texas (AP) _ Christie Smith had 24 points and 17 rebounds, leading No. 22 Stephen F. Austin past Texas-Arlington 97-55 on Saturday.

With their 20th win in 21 games, the Ladyjacks clinched their 10th Southland Conference championship in 11 years.

All five starters scored in double figures for SFA (22-3, 13-1).

Tanya Strong led UTA (16-8, 9-5) with 19 points and 8 rebounds. Jalila Darez added 12 points and Stacie Terry 10.

Also for the Ladyjacks, Stephanie Whitmore had 23 points and Anitra Davis 14.

SFA dominated the first half, opening a 47-28 lead by halftime.

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