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Women's Basketball Edges Penn State Altoona to Snap Eight-Game Slide
01/22/2003

FROSTBURG, MD — Seniors Kim Faust (Ambler, Pa./Upper Dublin) and Holly Myers (York, Pa./West York) scored 14 points each to help Frostburg State end its eight-game losing streak with a 57-53 win over Penn State Altoona Wednesday night at Bobcat Arena.

The Bobcats improved to 6-9 overall and 1-3 in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference, while the Lions fell to 5-9 overall and 1-3 in the league.

The teams battled through a tight first half with neither squad able to create much breathing room. Penn State Altoona held a 7-6 edge at the midway point of the half before FSU used a 6-0 run to take a 12-7 advantage.

After the Lions countered with a 6-2 spurt to pull to within one, but Faust hit a pair of jumpers and added a free throw to give the Bobcats a 19-15 cushion.

The Lions scored the next six points to move back in front, but Bobcat freshman Melanie Herget (Glen Burnie, Md./Old Mill) drained a three-pointer with 1:59 left in the half to give the hosts a 22-21 advantage.

Angie Johnson sank a jumper in the closing minute as Penn State Altoona took a 23-22 edge into halftime.

It more of the same close play in the second half, as FSU couldn't break free.

Freshman Kelly True (Warfordsburg, Pa./Southern Fulton) hit a jumper in the opening moments to give the Bobcats a 29-23 lead, but Penn State Altoona hung tough, closing to within two on three occasions.

With the Bobcats clinging to a 35-33 advantage, senior Christina Bleivik (Anchorage, Alaska/Bartlett (Pa.)) fed sophomore Sara Schumacher (Leonardtown, Md./Leonardtown) for a jumper and then drained a three-pointer to give FSU its largest lead of the night, 40-33, with 12:30 to play.

However, Kim Ebersole scored six points in an 11-2 Penn State Altoona run over the next five minutes as the Lions reclaimed the lead at 44-42.

Back-to-back jumpers by Faust and a three-pointer by Myers restored FSU's advantage to 49-44 with 5:37 to play, and the Bobcats held on down the stretch.

The Lions closed to within 56-53 with 39 seconds left, but Faust sank a free throw with 10 ticks on the clock to seal the victory.

Myers added six rebounds and three assists, while Faust had five rebounds. Sophomore Tracey Little (La Vale, Md./Allegany) added six points and a team-high nine rebounds.

Frostburg State survived 21 turnovers and 3-of-11 shooting from the free-throw line.

Ebersole led Penn State Altoona with 18 points and 17 rebounds, while Tricia Williams added 16 points and seven boards. The Lions hit just 18-of-58 (31.0 percent) from the field, including 2-of-17 three-pointers.

The Bobcats return to action on Saturday when they visit Pitt-Bradford in an AMCC contest beginning at 2:00 pm.

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