FROSTBURG, MD -
Both the Frostburg State men’s and women’s basketball teams will host first-round Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference Tournament games Wednesday night at Bobcat Arena.
The third-seeded Bobcat women (15-10, 6-6 AMCC) will take on sixth-seeded Penn State Altoona (4-18, 3-9) at 6, while the No. 3 FSU men (13-12, 6-6) will welcome No. 6 Lake Erie (9-16, 5-7) at 8.
The FSU women earned the No. 3 seed with a pair of league wins last week. The Bobcats were thumped Penn State Altoona 77-54 Penn State Altoona last Wednesday in Frostburg and closed out the regular season with an 88-72 victory at La Roche Saturday.
Frostburg State, which also edged Altoona 99-92 January 21, has its most wins in a season since finishing 18-8 in 1999-00. The Bobcats won their only AMCC Tournament title that year as well.
Junior All-America candidate Tracey Little paces the AMCC in scoring (19.2), rebounding (11.0) and blocks (2.17).
She scored 42 points and grabbed 29 rebounds in FSU’s two wins over PSA this year, posting 23 points and a career-high 19 caroms in the first meeting before adding 19 points and 10 rebounds in the rematch.
Freshman Tracie George is adding 14.5 points, 3.7 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game this year. She leads the AMCC in three-point shooting percentage (37-91, 40.7), is second in assists and ranks third in both scoring and free-throw percentage (86-108, 79.6).
George averaged 19.5 points, 9.0 assists and 2.0 rebounds in two meetings with PSA this season.
Sophomore Kelly True is the third Bobcat averaging double-figures in scoring (10.0) and is the team’s second-leading rebounder (9.4).
True boasts nine double-doubles this year, including a 12-point, 12-rebound effort in the last meeting with the Lions.
FSU ranks second in the AMCC in scoring at 71.5 points per game, compared to PSA’s 59.1 points per outing.
Penn State Altoona enters the AMCC Tournament on a six-game losing skid. Junior Tara Stock (13.1 ppg, 7.2 rpg) and junior Lindsey Barr (12.9 ppg, 4.7 rpg) lead the Lions, who have shot just 32.1 percent from the floor as a team this year.
In other women’s first-round games, No. 2 Pitt-Greensburg (20-5, 10-2 AMCC) hosts No. 7 Lake Erie (3-19, 3-9) and No. 4 Pitt-Bradford (10-15, 5-7) welcomes No. 5 La Roche (6-19, 4-8).
Should the Bobcats win, they would face the UPG-LEC winner in the semifinals Friday at 1 pm at No. 1 Penn State Behrend. FSU split with UPG during the regular season and swept both games against Lake Erie.
On the men’s side, Frostburg State will look to avenge a 90-81 overtime loss to Lake Erie in the first round of the last year’s AMCC Tournament.
The all-time series is tied 8-8, but the Storm have won five straight, including both meetings this year (74-63 at FSU and 69-53 at LEC).
Senior Myro Small paces FSU in scoring (13.0) and ranks second in rebounding (5.1) but combined for just 19 points and 13 rebounds in the two meetings with Lake Erie this year.
Small is certainly capable of dominating a game, evident by his four 20-point performances this season, including a 27-point outburst in an 88-85 win over Mt. Aloysius December 10.
Fellow senior Ryan Grabill is adding 12.3 points and 4.8 rebounds and enters the AMCC Tournament on fire.
Grabill earned AMCC Player of the Week honors Monday after averaging 19.0 points, 7.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.5 steals in a pair of key league wins which sealed the No. 3 seed.
He is coming off a career-high 25-point effort on 9-of-12 shooting (5-of-5 from three-point range) in an 80-71 victory at La Roche Saturday.
Also one of the top free-throw shooters in the country, Grabill leads the AMCC with a 91.1 (72-of-79) mark from the stripe.
Lake Erie enters the tournament on a high note, having edged two-time defending league champion Pitt-Bradford 69-68 in its regular-season finale Saturday to snap a four-game slide. Senior Mike Rustifo had 19 points and senior A.J. Johnson added 15.
Johnson leads the Storm in scoring (12.7), followed by freshman Jajcen Harris (11.8) and junior Nate Malensek (11.5).
Johnson had 23 points in the first meeting with FSU this season, while Harris exploded for 26 points and 10 rebounds.
Frostburg State had two of its worst shooting performances of the year against Lake Erie, hitting 27.3 percent (18-of-66) in the first game and 31.8 percent (14-of-44) in the second.
In the other men’s first-round games Wednesday, No. 2 Pitt-Greensburg (13-12, 7-5) will host No. 7 Penn State Altoona (7-17, 3-9), while No. 4 La Roche (11-14, 5-7) will welcome No. 6 Pitt-Bradford (11-14, 5-7).
The LEC/FSU winner will face the UPG/PSA winner in the semifinals Friday at 8 pm at No. 1 Penn State Behrend. PSB will take on the LAR/UPB winner at 6 pm.
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Office of Sports Information
Frostburg State University
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD 21532-2303