FROSTBURG, MD —
Sophomore Tracey Little (LaVale, Md./Allegany)
scored 24 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, and Frostburg State held off a late Pitt-Bradford charge for a 74-63 win in Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference action Saturday afternoon at Bobcat Arena.
Little, who posted her fifth double-double in her last six games and her ninth of the season, scored 13 points in the second half, including a key basket with 1:15 left that gave the Bobcats a 67-61 lead.
FSU held a commanding 60-42 cushion with 8:05 remaining, but Pitt-Bradford used a furious 19-5 run to pull to within four, 65-61, with 1:45 to go.
The Panthers (5-16, 3-7 AMCC) cut their deficit to four, 67-63, with 58 seconds left, but Frostburg State (10-12, 4-6) hit 5-of-8 free throws in the following moments to hold on for the win.
The teams battled through a tight opening 10 minutes, with Pitt-Bradford taking an 18-14 edge at the midway point of the first half.
Senior Kim Faust (Ambler, Pa./Upper Dublin) sank a pair of free throws to cut FSU's deficit to two, and senior Holly Myers (York, Pa./West York) hit a free throw and a three-pointer to put the Bobcats in front for good.
Faust then drained back-to-back lay-ups to spark a 10-0 run, and FSU went into halftime with a 36-25 advantage.
Little began the second half with a pair of free throws, to give the Bobcats a 38-25 bulge, but Katie Burton led Pitt-Bradford on an 11-0 run, hitting four straight buckets in the spurt to make it a 38-36 contest.
Little ended the run with a rebound and put-back that sparked a 16-4 FSU run, and she later assisted on a three-point play by freshman Kelly True (Warfordsburg, Pa./Southern Fulton) that gave the Bobcats a seemingly comfortable 60-42 lead.
Pitt-Bradford used full-court pressure to force nine FSU turnovers over the next six minutes, and freshman Julia Augustus scored 10 in a row for her squad as UPB cut the Bobcat lead to 67-63.
Senior Christina Bleivik (Anchorage, Alaska/Bartlett) hit two free throws to give FSU a six-point cushion, and UPB missed its final five shots of the game.
Little, who had her sixth 20-point game of the season, added a career-high six blocks. Faust had 16 points and nine rebounds, while Myers scored 12 points and recorded four steals.
Frostburg State shot 27-of-39 from the free-throw line, while Pitt-Bradford hit just 7-of-14 from the stripe.
The Bobcats will look to inch closer to the .500 mark in the AMCC when they visit Penn State Altoona on Wednesday at 6:00 p.m.
FSU has defeated the Lions twice this season, 91-75 on November 30 and 57-53 on January 22.
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