College Sports

Central Missouri women win first-round NCAA Division II game

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The Central Missouri women got things going in the right direction on Friday.

No. 3 seed Central Missouri broke things open in the third quarter on its way to a 76-64 victory over sixth-seeded Lindenwod in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division II Central Regional, in Hays, Kan.

Megan Skaggs scored a game-high 25 points for the Jennies, who will face No. 2 seed Southwestern Oklahoma in the regional semifinals on Saturday. Skaggs also had nine rebounds and four steals.

Southwestern Oklahoma knocked off No. 7 seed Emporia State 71-65. Tyra Jones had 17 points and 10 rebounds for Emporia State.

Fort Hays State, the host and top seed of the regional, got past Pittsburg State 74-65. Belle Barbieri had 17 points for Fort Hays State, while Maya Williams led the Gorillas with 17 points of her own. Fort Hays State will play Minnesota State Moorhead on Saturday.

In the Midwest Regional in Springfield, Mo., top seed and host Drury rolled by Kentucky Wesleyan 88-57. Hailey Diestelkamp led the way for Drury with 20 points and 10 rebounds. Drury will face Northern Michigan on Saturday.

Truman, a No. 6 seed in the Midwest Regional in Springfield, Mo., fell to third-seeded Grand Valley State.