Women's Basketball Second-Half Rally Falls Short in Loss to McDaniel in First Round of NCAA Tournament
Westminster, Md. -
Frostburg State cut a 21-point deficit early in the second half to just three with 2:55 remaining, but McDaniel held on down the stretch for a 71-64 win in the first round of the NCAA Division III Women’s Basketball Tournament Wednesday night at the Gill Center.
The Green Terror improve to 25-3 overall and advance to Saturday’s second round to face Scranton, which is 26-1 and ranked No. 1 in the nation in the latest USA Today/ESPN Top 25 Coaches’ Poll.
The Bobcats finish their season 21-7, their best record since the 1996-97 squad’s 23-3 finish. The 21 victories tie for the fourth-highest in school history.
Senior forward Tracey Little (La Vale, Md./Allegany) paced the Bobcats with 24 points, seven rebounds and five blocks, but no other FSU player scored in double figures.
Little finishes her career ranked fourth on the FSU all-time scoring list with 1,650 points.
Junior Stephanie Watts (Baltimore, Md./North County) had nine points, seven rebounds, eight assists and four steals, while junior Kelly True (Warfordsburg, Pa./Southern Fulton) added nine points and six rebounds.
Sophomore Tracie George (Windber, Pa./Winder) finished with nine points, three assists and two steals.
Frostburg State, which was making its sixth NCAA Tournament appearance in school history and first since 1997, trailed 45-24 just over two minutes into the second half before mounting a huge comeback.
Sophomore Krystin Hargrove (Silver Spring, Md./Springbrook) sparked an 8-0 Bobcat run with a pair of layups to make it 45-32, and, after a McDaniel basket, FSU went on a 10-6 spurt over the next five minutes to close to within nine, 51-42, with 9:02 to play.
The Green Terror pushed their lead back to 14 on two free throws by sophomore Heather Thompson at the 5:50 mark, but the Bobcats made a final push, using a 10-1 rally to make it a 63-60 contest with 2:56 left.
Little sandwiched layups around two free throws by Watts, and McDaniel sophomore Allison Briggs sank a free throw before FSU sophomore Amanda Hernandez (Crofton, Md./Arundel) hit consecutive baskets. Watts then added two more free throws to cap the spurt and make it a one-possession game.
FSU then missed its next two shots, and McDaniel senior Kelly Cramp followed with a key three-pointer to give the hosts a 66-60 cushion with 1:45 to play. Cramp scored a team-high 16 points on the strength of 4-of-8 shooting from behind the arc and also pulled down a game-high 10 rebounds.
Little brought the Bobcats to within four twice in the final 1:31, the last on a layup with 30 seconds left that made it 68-64, but FSU missed its last three shots and the Green Terror hit 3-of-4 from the charity stripe to seal the win.
Frostburg State hung tough through the opening minutes of the game, battling McDaniel to a 9-9 tie behind five points from True. George then hit a three-pointer and Watts followed with a floater in the lane to give the Bobcats a 14-9 lead, but not much went right for the Red and Black after that.
McDaniel, which advanced to the Sweet 16 last season, ripped off 10 straight points to take a 19-14 advantage before True pulled FSU even with two free throws and a three-pointer.
The Green Terror, which played 13 players in the first half, used their depth to outscore the Bobcats 19-3 over the final 8:52 of the opening stanza to build a commanding 38-22 lead at the break.
Both teams had trouble hanging onto the ball in the first half, as McDaniel committed 13 turnovers and Frostburg State 12. The Green Terror made up for their miscues behind 5-of-7 shooting from three-point range and a 7-of-8 performance from the free-throw line in the opening 20 minutes of play.
Sophomore Katy Powell finished with 11 points and six rebounds, while senior Brooke Weimer added 10 points and four assists for McDaniel, which held a 50-35 rebounding advantage.
The Green Terror also shot 9-of-18 from three-point range on the evening, compared to 1-of-13 for the Bobcats, who hit 11-of-23 from behind the arc in their 81-62 win over Pitt-Greensburg in the AMCC championship game last Saturday.
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