FROSTBURG, MD —
Junior Kim Faust (Ambler, Pa./Upper Dublin)
and sophomore Tracey Little (Cumberland, Md./Allegany)
combined for 47 points and 19 rebounds, but it wasn't enough as Frostburg State fell to visiting Penn State Altoona, 78-72, on Senior Night Wednesday night at Bobcat Arena.
Faust posted 25 points and 10 rebounds for her third straight double-double, while Little scored a career-high 22 points and added nine rebounds in the losing effort.
Penn State Altoona (16-6, 9-2 Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference) jumped out to an early 16-4 lead at the midway point of the first half before Little led the Bobcats on an 11-2 run to close to within three. Little hit a pair of jumpers and four free throws in the spurt, but the Cougars pulled back in front by seven, 36-29, in the closing seconds of the opening stanza.
FSU junior Tiffany Parker (Pasadena, Md./Northeast) banked in a three-pointer from just inside half court as time expired in the first half to cut the Bobcat deficit to 36-32 at the break.
The Bobcats (6-17, 2-9) hung tough in the opening minutes of the second period, but Penn State Altoona sophomore Jillian Kliner scored five of her team-high 23 points in a 7-0 spurt to give the Cougars a 47-40 lead with 14:58 to play. Kliner also grabbed a game-high 18 rebounds.
Penn State Altoona opened a 57-45 advantage at the 11:21 mark before FSU junior Naomi Mason (Hagerstown, Md./North Hagerstown) drilled consecutive three-pointers to bring the Bobcats to within four, 57-53.
Klinar's tip-in gave the visitors a 69-57 lead with 5:12 to go, but Frostburg State made one final run. Parker sank a three-pointer and Faust added a put-back of a Parker miss to make it a 76-72 contest with 11 seconds remaining, but Penn State Altoona held on for the win despite hitting just 5-of-10 free throws in the final 1:50.
Misty Meredith had 16 points and Lynnea DeBernardis 11 points and seven rebounds for the Cougars.
Frostburg State will visit La Roche in its final AMCC contest of the season on Saturday at 6:00 p.m.
For further information on this release, contact:
Office of Sports Information
Frostburg State University
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD 21532-2303