News Articles – 1998

Stiles’ new approach pays off in points

By Dick Patrick
(December 29, 1998)

Southwest Missouri has its own version of a basketball lockout. Coach Cheryl Burnett has ordered Jackie Stiles out of the gym on off days and discouraged her 2 a.m. shooting sessions. The sophomore guard, leading the nation in scoring (28.9 a game), is altering her workaholic behavior. She has reduced her famous workout of 1,000 made shots from daily to weekly. ”It’s really hard for me to go for a day and not touch a ball,” says Stiles, who tired late last season. ”If I’m exhausted and we have a day off, I try to take it.
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Determination drives scoring machine Stiles

The Kansas City Star (December 27, 1998)

SPRINGFIELD — There are several reasons why Southwest Missouri State sophomore Jackie Stiles leads the nation in scoring at 28.6 points per game. “She has hops,” said former Southwest Missouri player Lisa Davies. “She can jump over anyone.” “She’s amazing, inhuman,” current teammate Kimberly McDowell said. “She can stop on the dime, pull up and shoot. A great vertical.”
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Southwest Missouri St.’s Stiles dazzles foes — and FIU is next

By Michelle Kaufman
Miami Herald (December 12, 1998)

A thousand shots a day. Every day. For 12 years. You now know why there is no woman in college basketball scoring more than Jackie Stiles this season. Stiles, the Southwest Missouri State sophomore guard, is averaging 28.8 points going into Sunday’s game against visiting FIU.
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No Stoppin’ Jackie Stiles

By Chuck Schoffner
Associated Press (December 11, 1998)

Challenged by her coach, Jackie Stiles responded — in a big way. After a 20-point loss to Old Dominion, Southwest Missouri State coach Cheryl Burnett urged Stiles to become more vocal and more assertive with her teammates. Three nights later, Stiles spoke with her play.
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Stiles show captivates BU women

Tribune-Herald staff writer (December 3, 1998)

No one who witnessed Jackie Stiles’ performance at the Ferrell Center Wednesday night will ever forget it. Especially a devastated Baylor squad that was on the verge of pulling off its biggest win of the season. Stiles scored a school-record 52 points, including a 26-foot three-pointer and free throw with 2.6 seconds remaining,…
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Southwest Missouri at Baylor

By Baylor Website
(December 2, 1998)

Southwest Missouri State’s Jackie Stiles – more than brilliant with her 52-point performance – keyed a come-from-behind 87-86 win for her team over Baylor Wednesday night. Stiles completely carried SMS throughout the game, but never more so than in the final minutes when she scored in more way than could be imagined. Long treys, stunning spin moves, driving layups, free throws – nothing was beyond her grasp….
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24-6 record of ’97-98 season not good enough, Lady Bears want a championship

Associated Press – November 18, 1998 SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP)

For almost any basketball team — by almost any measure — it should have been a great year. Southwest Missouri State’s Lady Bears reeled off a dozen straight wins to open the 1997-98 season….
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Road Trip

By John Mesh
The Great Bend Tribune (February 1, 1998)

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. ROAD TRIP!! I couldn’t make it to Wichita for the game Jackie Stiles scored 39 points in, so I drove all the way to Springfield, Mo., Saturday to watch her play in her new home at the Hammons Center on the campus of Southwest Missouri State University. Point of reference. If you are planning to make a pilgrimage to Springfield,…
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Stiles thrills crowd at Wichita

The Capital-Journal (January 19, 1998)

WICHITA — One look at Jackie Stiles and you wonder how she does it. A smallish 5-foot-8 player who looks all of 120 pounds soaking wet, you wonder why a strong Kansas wind didn’t up and blow her away while she was attending tiny Claflin High School.
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Jackie remains a small town girl

By Steve Carpenter
The Hutchinson News (January 18, 1998)

WICHITA – Let’s just get the formality out of the way right now – Jackie Stiles is a great basketball player. I never had the opportunity to see the Claflin star actually play in high school – I delegated that pleasure to The News’ other sportswriters. But I got to read their stories, which helped form a strong opinion.
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No Place Like Home

By Brian Rosenthal
The Hutchinson News (January 18, 1998)

WICHITA – Same old Jackie. That was the general response from hundreds of friends and supportersof Southwest Missouri State freshman Jackie Stiles, the celebrated Claflin High School basketball star who returned to her home state Saturday for agame at Wichita State.
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Stiles stands out as new star at SMSU

By Elizabethe Holland
(Jan 17, 1998 – 08:08 EST)

In Claflin, Kan., pop. 750, good fortune to some comes as keys. Car keys, to cruise 15 minutes away to Hoisington for a coveted trip to the Pizza Hut or the Dairy Queen, the likes of which Claflin does not have.
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Coming back with Stiles

By Kirk Seminoff
The Wichita Eagle (January 17, 1998)

The New York Times and USA Today have called for interviews, and the Jackie Stiles web page has been seen by folks all over the country. Jackiemania is running rampant, with the epicenter located at Southwest Missouri State University in Springfield, Mo.
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Stiles returns to Kansas Saturday

By David Mitchell
The Hutchinson News(January 16, 1998)

The Wichita State women’s basketball team can expect its largest home crowd of the season Saturday night. Unfortunately for WSU, the majority of the fans at Levitt Arena won’t be there to watch the Shockers.
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Happy Together: Stiles and S.W. Missouri

By Joe Drape
The New York Times
(January 16, 1998)
SPRINGFIELD, Mo.It might have come easily, but Jackie Stiles was too afraid to stop practicing and find out. At the age of 7, her father let her lie about her age and go to a basketball camp for older youngsters. In seventh grade, she made the all-star team at a camp for the best high school players in the Midwest.

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