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Saint Francis women roll on at NAIA

SIOUX CITY, Iowa – Top-seeded Saint Francis kept its unbeaten record intact and advanced to a second-straight quarterfinals with a 83-59 victory against No. 4 Siena Heights (Mich.) Friday at the NAIA Division II women's national championship.

Senior guard and Crossroads League Player of the Year Skylarr Shurn had a game-high 27 points. The Kokomo native scored 15 of her 27 points at the free throw line. Sophomore forward Brooke Ridley recorded her second-straight and 10th double-double of the year with 21 points and 14 rebounds.

The Cougars, who are the NAIA's only remaining unbeaten team at 35-0, never trailed. Siena Heights cut its deficit to 27-24 on Alexxis Knannlein's layup with 4:41 left in the half. Shurn and Ridley combined for five free throws as Saint Francis maintained at-least an eight-point advantage the remainder of the half.

Saint Francis scored the first 12 points of the second half to push its lead out to 48-28 with 17:27 remaining. The Cougars outscored Siena Heights 35-31 the rest of the way.

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