ERIE, PA —
Sophomore Jen Smith hit a three-pointer with 1:05 remaining and No. 2 Pitt-Greensburg held off No. 3 Frostburg State in the final seconds to claim a thrilling 66-64 win in the semifinals of the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference tournament Friday afternoon at Penn State Behrend's Junker Center.
No. 1 Penn State Behrend (21-5) defeated No. 4 Pitt-Bradford (11-16) 63-41 in Friday's other semifinal and will face UPG (22-5) in the championship game Saturday at 1:00 pm. The game is a rematch of last year's title tilt which UPG won 65-51 in overtime.
Frostburg State (16-11) overcame a pair of large deficits in the second half and took a 62-61 lead with 1:42 to play on a jumper by sophomore Kelly True (Warfordsburg, Pa./Southern Fulton).
Senior Annie Sral then made a layup to put UPG back in front 63-62 with 1:27 left before junior Jamie Cable (Brunswick, Md./Brunswick) answered with a layup just 12 seconds later to give FSU its final lead of the day.
Sral then fed Smith for her go-ahead three-pointer, and FSU missed two shots before fouling senior Torey Auld to stop the clock with nine seconds left. Auld missed the front end of the one-and-one and junior Tracey Little (La Vale, Md./Allegany) hauled in the rebound to give FSU a final chance.
However, FSU never got a shot away, committing the last of its 28 turnovers with two seconds left to give UPG the win.
UPG led by as many as 12, 41-29, with 15:27 to play, but FSU stormed back to tie the game with a 12-0 run. Junior Charlena Reeves (Oakland, Md./Southern Garrett) started the rally with a layup, True hit a jumper and Little drained back-to-back three-pointers.
Freshman Tracie George (Windber, Pa./Windber) capped the comeback with a layup off a feed from Little.
UPG followed with an 11-2 run to take a 52-43 advantage with 9:39 left, but FSU rallied again with an 11-0 outburst.
Reeves hit a free throw, Cable made a layup and True drained a three-pointer to bring FSU to within three, and Cable hit another shot before sinking a three-pointer to put FSU in front 54-52 at the 5:36 mark.
UPG answered yet again, scoring the next seven points to take a 59-54 advantage, but Cable and Little hit consecutive jumpers to bring FSU back to within one.
Sophomore Jess Phillippi gave UPG a 61-58 lead on a short jumper with 2:49 remaining before Cable drained a pair of free throws to make it a 61-60 contest with 2:15 left.
FSU had three players post double-doubles. Little led the way with 24 points and 18 rebounds, including 17 on the defensive end, while Cable had 17 points and 11 rebounds. True added 11 points, 11 rebounds and five blocks.
Sral paced UPG with 17 points, while Tish Hines and Smith finished with 13 points each. Hines also grabbed 16 rebounds.
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Frostburg State University
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Frostburg, MD 21532-2303