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GU women to play at SW Missouri St.

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The Gonzaga University women will travel to Springfield, Mo., to play Southwest Missouri State in the second round of the Women’s NIT Monday (5 p.m. PST).

The Lady Bears defeated Southern Methodist University 83-56 in Springfield Thursday night behind Jenni Lingor’s 22 points.

Gonzaga (28-3) defeated Brigham Young 71-57 at home for the school’s first Division I postseason win Wednesday night.

Monday’s game will be at the 8,846 seat Hammons Student Center on the SMS campus.

KGA 1510-AM radio will broadcast the game.

“We’re going to spend a couple days in St. Louis,” GU coach Kelly Graves said. “We fly out (today) and we’ll do some sight-seeing before driving down to Springfield. … I asked the players if any of them had been to Missouri and not one raised their hand. It’s going to be a good experience. We’ll try to make it a cultural experience.”

SMS (21-8) is a 3-point shooting team, hitting 12 of 23 against the SMU. The Lady Bears won the Missouri Valley Conference regular-season title (15-3) but were upset in the first round of the league tournament by eighth-seeded Illinois State.

The Lady Bears were in Spokane for the 2001 NCAA Tournament when they won the NCAA West Regional championship and advanced to the Final Four.

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