FROSTBURG, MD —
The regular-season is complete, the first round is over and the top four teams in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference remain standing and ready to battle for the AMCC championship and the league’s automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament this weekend at Frostburg State University’s Bobcat Arena.
Semifinal action begins Friday when top-seeded Frostburg State (19-6 overall, 16-2 AMCC) takes on defending champion and No. 4 Penn State Behrend (17-9, 11-7) at 6 pm.
FSU owns the conference’s second-ranked scoring offense (73.5 ppg), while the Lions boast the league’s top defensive unit (52.0 ppg).
The Bobcats, who captured their first outright conference regular-season title in school history and are hosting the final four for the first time, are led by senior forward Tracey Little (La Vale, Md./Allegany). The two-time all-conference first teamer and 2004-05 AMCC Preseason Player of the Year is averaging 19.0 points and 10.9 rebounds this season.
Sophomore guard Tracie George (Windber, Pa./Windber) is adding 10.3 points and 4.1 assists assists per contest and has hit a team-high 38 three-pointers.
The Lions enter the semifinals riding a seven-game winning streak after downing No. 5 Pitt-Bradford 64-43 in the first round this past Tuesday.
Sophomore forward Tenesha Aden (Sandy Lake, Pa./Lakeview), last season’s AMCC Newcomer of the Year, leads the way with 14.0 points and 6.8 rebounds per game. Sophomore forward Rachel Slomski (Erie, Pa./McDowell) is adding 10.7 points and 4.7 rebounds per outing.
Frostburg State swept Penn State Behrend during the regular season for the first time since 1997-98. The Bobcats posted a 63-61 win at Behrend December 4 and followed with a 69-42 victory at Bobcat Arena January 28.
The second semifinal features No. 2 Pitt-Greensburg (18-7, 15-3), which won the title in 2003 and finished second to PSB last season, and AMCC newcomer No. 3 Medaille (20-5, 14-4).
Pitt-Greensburg is led by junior guard/forward Tish Hines (Clairton, Pa./Clairton), who is averaging 15.4 points and 8.3 rebounds, and freshman standout Tiffany Menhorn (Greensburg, Pa./Greater Latrobe), who is adding 12.4 points and 3.6 rebounds off the bench.
UPG will get formidable pressure from the Mavericks, who bring a 12-game winning streak into the game after beating No. 6 La Roche 48-33 in Tuesday’s first round. Also included in that stretch are back-to-back road wins at Frostburg State (71-61) and Pitt-Greensburg (73-70) on the final weekend of the regular season.
Freshman forward Amanda Baker (Lyons, N.Y./Newark) is averaging 18.9 points and 11.4 rebounds, and first-year guard Marisa Clark (Hilton, N.Y./Hilton) is adding 15.4 points and 5.7 assists. Fellow freshman guard Amanda Walling (South New Berlin, N.Y./Unadilla Valley) is also averaging 11.1 points and 5.4 rebounds.
Tickets for the games are $4 for adults and $2 for seniors, children and non-FSU students. Frostburg State students, faculty and staff receive free admission with a valid FSU ID.
2005 AMCC Women’s Basketball Tournament
at Frostburg State
Semifinals - Friday, Feb. 25
6 pm: #1 Frostburg State vs. #4 Penn State Behrend
8 pm: #2 Pitt-Greensburg vs. #3 Medaille
Championship - Saturday, Feb. 26
3 pm: Semifinal Winners
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Office of Sports Information
Frostburg State University
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD 21532-2303