Greensburg, Pa. ...
Erin Arnold scored a game-high 25 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead No. 3 Pitt-Greensburg past No. 6 Frostburg State, 86-71, in the first round of the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference Tournament Wednesday night at Chambers Hall.
Pitt-Greensburg (15-10) will face Penn State Altoona in semifinal action on Friday at Penn State Behrend, while Frostburg State ends its season with a 7-18 overall record.
The game marked the final contest for longtime FSU Head Coach Jim Crawley, who announced his retirement earlier this season after 23 years at the helm of the Bobcat women's program.
The host Bobcats jumped out to a 16-6 lead over the first five minutes of play before Frostburg State junior Donita Valentine's jumper brought the visitors to within six, 19-13, at the midway point of the first half. Pitt-Greensburg then used a 7-1 run capped by a pair of Arnold free throws to take its biggest lead of the opening frame, 26-14, at the 7:34 mark.
Frostburg State cut the UPG lead to six points on several occasions, with the last coming on a three-pointer from sophomore Helene Duncan just 1:30 before halftime, but the hosts responded each time with a basket at the other end to keep FSU at bay. Pitt-Greensburg led, 43-32, at the break.
The hosts controlled most of the second half, taking a 19-point lead, 66-47, on another Arnold basket with 9:35 remaining, before Frostburg State made its final run, outscoring UPG 20-8 over the next six minutes to make it a 74-67 game at the 3:35 mark.
But, Pitt-Greensburg, which went without a field goal for a span of 3:47, broke its cold spell when it counted, and scored seven straight to open an 83-69 bulge with just under two minutes to play.
Sophomore Kim Faust led Frostburg State with 18 points and added five rebounds, three steals and one block, while fellow sophomore Holly Myers poured in 14 points to go along with a team-high four assists and two blocks.
Duncan finished with 13 points, and junior Kesha Frisby collected 12 points and a team-best nine rebounds.
Pitt-Greensburg received 18 points from Torey Auld. Brianne Krebs and Patti Matovich added 16 and 13 points, respectively.
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