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Basketball Teams Open AMCC Play Against Lake Erie Saturday
01/09/2004

FROSTBURG, MD - Both the Frostburg State men's and women's basketball teams will open Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference play Saturday when they host Lake Erie. The women's game tips off 2, with the men's game to follow at 4.

The Bobcat women have won six of their last eight contests after picking up a 97-79 victory over Hood Thursday night.

Freshman Tracie George scored a career-high 32 points in the win, while junior Tracey Little had 28 points and 13 rebounds for her team-high sixth double-double of the year.

George’s 32 points are the most by a Bobcat freshman in school history and ties for the fifth-highest single-game scoring total in program history.

FSU went 36-of-50 from the free throw line to set single-game marks for both free throws made and free throws attempted.

Little continues to pace the Bobcats in both scoring (20.3) and rebounding (10.4), while George is adding 16.3 points and 3.1 assists per contest. George is also the team’s top three-point shooter with a 51.4 percent (18-35) mark.

Sophomore Kelly True is averaging 10.0 points and 9.8 rebounds per game and has five double-doubles this year.

Lake Erie (1-8, 1-0 AMCC) brings a five-game losing streak into today’s game after dropping a 70-36 decision to Oberlin Monday. The Storm, 0-7 on the road so far this year, downed La Roche 56-45 for their lone win December 6.

Freshman Amanda Bray leads Lake Erie with 9.1 points per game, while senior Phylicia Chiappone is adding 8.6 points per contest. Senior Elisha Crutcher is the team’s top rebounder (7.3 rpg) followed by freshman Sarah Miller (6.7).

FSU leads the all-time series 11-3, but the two teams have split the last six meetings.

The FSU men look to rebound from a 98-75 loss at Washington & Jefferson Wednesday night. The Bobcats trailed by as many as 15 (58-43) early in the second half but pulled to within 66-60 with 10:58 to play. However, W&J pulled away with a 16-7 run over the next 4:57.

Senior Myro Small, who had a game-high 19 points in the loss, leads FSU with 16.7 points per game. He has been the team’s top scorer six times.

Sophomore Chris Vaughn is adding 10.1 points per game and has hit a team-best 23 three-pointers. Senior Ryan Grabill paces FSU with 35 assists and an 81.5 (22-of-27) free throw percentage.

Lake Erie (4-9, 1-0 AMCC) snapped a six-game losing skid with a 92-81 win over Thiel last Saturday. Senior A.J. Johnson led the way with a game-high 25 points, while senior Tony Tibayan added 18.

Johnson paces the Storm with 14.2 points per game and is one of five players scoring in double figures.

Junior Nate Malensek (12.6), freshman Jajcen Harris (11.0), freshman Kevin Albany (10.9) and junior Trevor Replogle (10.5) give Lake Erie solid scoring balance.

Harris tops the squad with 6.4 rebounds per game and 19 blocked shots, while Johnson has drained a team-high 21 three-pointers.

FSU holds an 8-6 edge in the series but has lost the last three meetings by a combined 17 points.

For further information on this release, contact:

Office of Sports Information
Frostburg State University
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD  21532-2303

Telephone: 301-687-4371
Fax: 301-687-4780
E-mail: sportsinfo@frostburg.edu