FROSTBURG, Md. –
Angela Bethel hit a jumper with four seconds left to lift Lake Erie to a 65-64 victory over the Frostburg State women’s basketball team in the first round of the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference Tournament, Tuesday evening.
The season and a seven-game winning streak both came to end for FSU (17-9, 12-6) with the loss while LEC (11-14, 10-8) earned its first victory over the hosts in the third meeting of the season.
Bethel struggled in the second half, turning the ball over seven times, resulting in eight points for the Bobcats. She redeemed herself, however, taking a pass from Jalisa Mitchell and hitting the game-winning shot to send LEC to the semifinals to face the the top seeded Medaille Mavericks on Friday.
Frostburg State now awaits a possible bid to the Eastern College Athletic Conference Tournament.
Senior Krystin Hargrove (Silver Spring, Md./Springbrook) led the Bobcats in her final collegiate game with 24 points and five steals while junior Amanda LaPorta (Westminster, Md./Westminster) finished with 15 points. Freshman Brittney James (Baltimore, Md./Mildford Mill) posted a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds and classmate Shanell Williams (Baltimore, Md./Woodlawn) also grabbed 11 boards.
Bethel led the Storm with 23 points while Mitchell scored 15 and Stephanie Sample tossed in 10. Loni Sargent led the way on the glass with 11 boards.
The first half was a close battle as neither team was able to take more than a five-point cushion. Lake Erie opened a four-point lead, 11-7, at 16:43 on a three-pointer from Sample. Seven lead changes, three ties and almost 13 minutes later and the Bobcats held the largest lead of the first half, 32-27.
Bethel would cut it to one, 32-31 with 1:18 left in the half, but Hargrove made three free throws in the final minute to help FSU take a 35-32 lead into halftime.
Hargrove converted a jumper and a free throw just under two minutes into the second to give the Bobcats a 40-32 lead. LEC scored the game’s next seven points to narrow the gap to one, but Frostburg State answered with eight-straight points of its own to take its largest lead of the game, 48-39, at 13:35.
Despite not making a basket for a little over four minutes midway through the half, Lake Erie continued to cut away at the FSU lead. At 3:16 the Bobcats led by five, 61-56, but the Storm hit a pair of free throws and jumper to narrow the gap to 61-60. After a Hargrove basket pushed the spread back to three, 63-60, LEC made three free throws to tie the game at 63-63.
Frostburg State took a one-point lead, 64-63 on a free throw with just 25 seconds left, setting up the game-winning possesion for the Storm.
Both teams made 25 baskets for the game while LEC took 71 shots (35.2%) and FSU took 73 shots (34.2%). The Storm also held the edge in rebounding, 57-46.
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Frostburg State University
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Frostburg, MD 21532-2303