Frostburg State Bobcats (21-6) at McDaniel Green Terror (24-3)
2005 NCAA Division III Tournament - First Round
Wednesday, March 2, 2005 • Gill Center • Westminster, Md.
Frostburg State takes on McDaniel in the first round of the NCAA Division III Tournament. The winner will advance to face Scranton, which received a first-round bye, Saturday, March 5 at 7 p.m.
How They Got Here
Frostburg State earned the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference’s first-ever automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament by winning their second AMCC Tournament championship in school history last weekend. The top-seeded Bobcats defeated fourth-seeded Penn State Behrend 63-53 in the semifinals Friday before downing second-seeded Pitt-Greensburg 81-62 in the championship game Saturday.
McDaniel captured its third Centennial Conference Tournament title in the last four years the hard way. The third-seeded Green Terror went on the road to defeat both second-seeded Johns Hopkins (72-59) and top-seeded Dickinson (70-54) to earn the league's automatic NCAA berth.
Turning It Around
Three years ago — Head Coach Jody Pepple’s first season at the helm — the Bobcats finished 8-18, tying the school record for losses in a single season. FSU has since gone 12-15 and 16-12 before its current 21-6 performance. Pepple is 57-51 at FSU.
No NCAA Strangers
Frostburg State is making its sixth appearance in the NCAA Tournament and first since 1997. The Bobcats are 2-6 all-time in The Dance.
1982 Susquehanna L/60-63
1983 Trenton State W/72-68
1985 Muskingum L/65-67
Kean * L/66-79
1991 Kean W/61-57
St. John Fisher L/50-79
1997 Rowan L/47-77
* Atlantic Region consolation game
Climbing the Charts
Senior forward Tracey Little
has made her way from 11th to fourth on the school’s all-time scoring list season and enters the NCAA Tournament with 1,626 career points. She is also fifth on the FSU rebounding chart with 926 caroms. Furthermore, Little’s 18.5 career scoring average is tops in FSU history.
Frostburg State has reached the 20-win plateau for the ninth time in the program’s 41-year history. This year’s 21 victories tie for the fourth-highest total.
26 1990-91 (26-2)
23 1996-97 (23-3)
22 1989-90 (22-6)
21 1984-85 (21-5)
20 1980-81 (20-5)
Bringing Home the Hardware
Senior forward Tracey Little and sophomore guard Tracie George were both named to the All-AMCC team after Saturday’s championship game.
Little took home Co-Player of the Year honors after averaging 19.0 points, 10.9 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game. She was also a first-team All-AMCC selection for the third straight season.
George earned her second consecutive second-team honor after averaging 10.3 points, 3.2 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game during the regular season.
The Tracey & Tracie Show
Senior Tracey Little and sophomore Tracie George came up big for Frostburg State in an 81-62 win over Pitt-Greensburg in the AMCC Championship game last Saturday.
Little scored 24 points and tied her season high with 17 rebounds for her 17th double-double of the year. George poured in a season-high 24 points on the strength of 6-of-11 shooting from three-point range and also added eight assists and four steals.
Dialing Long Distance
The Bobcats’ 11 three-pointers in their 81-62 win over Pitt-Greensburg in the AMCC Championship game Saturday was just one shy of the school record. George was 6-of-11 from behind the arc, while junior Stephanie Watts (3-for-5) and sophomore Krystin Hargrove (2-for-3) also connected from three-point range.
All-Time vs. The Terror
Frostburg State is 6-7 all-time versus the Green Terror. All 13 meetings came when McDaniel was known as Western Maryland College.
Dec. 3, 1993 L/57-77
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Office of Sports Information
Frostburg State University
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD 21532-2303