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Lady Bears will face West Virginia in title game

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Jenni Lingor scored 32 points to lead Southwest Missouri State to an 89-80 victory over Iowa in the semifinals of the Women's NIT on Monday night.

K.C. Cowgill finished with 21 points and Sarah Klaassen added 12 for Southwest Missouri (24-8). Kari Koch finished with 12 assists.

Jamie Cavey had 20 points and 13 rebounds for Iowa (23-10). Crystal Smith finished with 18 points, Johanna Solverson added 14 points and Jenna Armstrong scored 12.

Southwest Missouri will face West Virginia, which beat Kentucky 80-75 in double overtime, for the championship Thursday night.

Southwest Missouri shot 17-for-25 from 3-point range, two short of the school record. The Lady Bears shot 51 percent (30-of-59) from the field and converted all 12 of their free-throw chances.

Iowa shot 52 percent (34-of-66) and outscored Southwest Missouri 38-20 in the paint.

Cowgill shot 4-for-4 from 3-point range in the first half and Southwest Missouri made 11-of-15 shots from beyond the arc en route to a 51-40 lead at the break.

Iowa opened the second half with a 19-6 run. Smith scored seven in the outburst, including a 3-pointer with 14:12 left to give Iowa a 59-56 lead.

But Southwest Missouri countered with a 16-7 run and took a 72-66 lead with 7:35 left. After Iowa closed within 77-72 with 5:28 left, Southwest Missouri scored 10 straight to put the game away.