BUFFALO, N.Y. —
Sophomore Amanda Hernandez (Crofton, Md./Arundel)
scored a game-high 22 points in a losing effort as the No. 3 seeded Frostburg State women’s basketball team dropped to No. 2 seeded Pitt-Greensburg, 66-62, in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference Tournament semifinals Friday evening at the Sullivan Center.
With the loss, FSU fell to 18-9 overall while UPG improved to 21-5. Pitt-Greensburg advances to face top seeded Medaille tomorrow afternoon at 3:00 pm in the conference championship. The winner will earn the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
FSU opened a quick 4-0 lead 40 seconds into the game when freshman Caryn Wright (Baltimore, Md./Western Tech) nailed a jumper. UPG answered with a 9-0 run capped by a Tiffany Menhorn jumper at 14:53.
Frostburg State then put together a 15-4 run, highlighted by six points from Hernandez and five points from junior Krystin Hargrove (Silverspring, Md./Springbrook), to take a 19-13 lead with 8:17 left in the opening half.
Pitt-Greensburg would battle back to tie the game at 22 with 4:35 to play. After five more lead changes, UPG closed out the half with three-straight baskets, including a Menhorn three pointer with 10 seconds remaining, to take a 34-30 lead into halftime.
After a Pitt-Greensburg basket to open the second half, junior Tracie George (Windber, Pa./Windber) hit a three pointer to cut the deficit to 36-33 at 18:49. UPG then appeared to put the game away, opening 51-35 lead on a 15-2 run that covered a little over the next five minutes.
With the UPG lead at 56-44 with 6:09 to play, FSU would crawl back into the game and trail by only four points, 64-60, with 59 seconds left in regulation. The Frostburg State rally was powered by eight points from Hernandez and six points from Wright.
Menhorn made a free throw with 26 seconds showing to extend UPG’s lead to five points, 65-60. Four seconds later, Hargrove cut the lead to 65-62 to bring the score within a basket for the first time since the beginning of the second half. However, a FSU three pointer with five seconds left was blocked and UPG made an insurance free throw with three seconds left to take the win.
The game was evenly matched as Frostburg State was 27-of-62 (43.5%) and Pitt-Greensburg was 28-of-63 (44.4%). Both teams shot 35% from behind the arc and 25% from the charity stripe.
Hargrove had a fine game with 12 points, seven rebounds, seven steals and five assists. Wright added 12 points for FSU while Hernandez led the way with eight rebounds.
Pitt-Greensburg was led by Menhorn with 21 points followed by Reiser with 17. Tish Hines led all players with 11 boards.
Despite the loss, Frostburg State awaits an Eastern College Athletic Conference bid that will be announced Monday at noon.
For further information on this release, contact:
Office of Sports Information
Frostburg State University
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD 21532-2303