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SW Oklahoma 85, Rio Grande 55

March 19, 1997

JACKSON, Tenn. (AP) _ Denise Jones scored 25 points and Southwest Oklahoma wasted little time Wednesday beating Rio Grande 85-55 in the first round of the NAIA Division I tournament.

Southwest Oklahoma (26-4) went on a 28-0 run in the first half capped by a Sendra Smith field goal with 10:18 left for a 32-4 advantage Rio Grande (23-12) never recovered from.

The Lady Bulldogs hit 67 percent from the floor in the first half and finished hitting 31-of-52 in their 13th appearance in the NAIA tournament.

Mindi Bedford added 17 points for Southwest Oklahoma. Jana Gilbert, Miriam Owiti and Kenya Matthews each added 10.

Stacy Riley led Rio Grande, in only its second tourney appearance, with 12 points. Michelle Tabor had 10.