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Scoring leader Stiles cleared to play tonight

Maybe whiplash. Possibly a slight concussion.

Coach Cheryl Burnett wasn't sure which one technically caused Jackie Stiles to miss the final 10 minutes of Southwest Missouri State's first-round win over Toledo on Saturday in the NCAA Tournament.

It didn't matter Sunday. Stiles practiced with the fifth-seeded Bears and, barring a major setback, the leading scorer in NCAA history will play tonight against fourth-seeded Rutgers in a second-round game in the West Region.

"Today, she was fine," Burnett said of Stiles. "When the team was getting ready to leave she was still doing her shooting. I told the coaches to please pick the basketballs up, so the bus could leave and Jackie could be on the bus.

"She was mad, like usual, because she didn't get a chance to shoot about a thousand shots. So I think she is well."

Stiles has been cleared to play by doctors, Burnett said.

On Saturday, the senior guard ran into a midcourt pick set by Toledo forward Kahli Carter and was on the floor for about 20 seconds.

When Southwest Missouri's trainer and doctor asked Stiles where she was, she replied:

"Toledo," Burnett recalled. "At least she had a little bit of accuracy."

MICHIGAN: LeeAnn Bies will get exactly what she asked for tonight, when she draws the tough assignment of guarding Notre Dame senior center Ruth Riley, the Naismith Player of the Year.

Bies first thought about playing Riley when she and her teammates got together this season to watch Notre Dame play Connecticut in a nationally televised game.

"I was kind of excited," said Bies, a 6-foot-3 sophomore center. "I said, "Let us play them.'

"To play a team that's been ranked No. 1 most of the year, I think it's just great."

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