FROSTBURG, MD. –
The Frostburg State women’s basketball team trailed for much of the game, but rallied in the end to defeat Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference opponent Lake Erie, Monday afternoon at Bobcat Arena, 74-71.
FSU (9-5, 5-3) took its first lead of the game with 4:50 left in the game and outscored LEC (4-9, 4-4) 44-33 in the second half to rally for the win.
FSU had four players in double figures, led by junior Amanda LaPorta (Westminster, Md./Westminster) with 17 points. Senior Krystin Hargrove (Silver Spring, Md./Springbrook) was second on the team with 16 points followed by senior Tracie George (Windber, Pa./Windber) with 15 and freshman Tonya Handy (Burtonsville, Md./Paint Branch) with 10. George led the team with seven assists while Handy paced the Bobcats with nine boards.
FSU was able to overcome a 38-30 halftime deficit thanks to a 20-of-38 (52.6%) shooting effort from the field in the second. The Bobcats also forced the Storm into 13 turnovers and held them to 36.8 percent (14-of-38) shooting to in the final period.
Lake Erie opened the game with a 7-0 lead at 17:49 and eventually pushed its lead to 10, 18-8, with 12:14 left.
After the Bobcats narrowed the gap to six, 20-14, LEC used a 9-2 spurt to push its lead to 13, 29-16, at 7:30. With the lead at 13 at 1:05, freshman Sidra Bing (Columbia, Md./Catholic of Baltimore) and Hargrove hit back-to-back baskets to cut the FSU deficit to 38-30 at halftime.
Lake Erie opened the second half by increasing its advantage to 10, 45-35 at 17:43.
The Bobcats then used the next 13 minutes to close the gap and with 4:50 remaining, Hargrove drilled a three-pointer to give FSU its first lead of the contest, 64-63.
The Storm re-captured the lead with just 1:08 to play, but Bing and Hargrove made two baskets in the final minute to give Frostburg State the 74-71 victory.
Loni Sargent scored 16 points to lead the Storm while Jalisa Mitchell added 15 scores. Melissa Woods pulled down a game-high 10 rebounds.
The Bobcats return to action on January 18 when they travel Mt. Aloysius at 6:00 pm.
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Office of Sports Information
Frostburg State University
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD 21532-2303