FROSTBURG, MD —
Frostburg State University will have its hands full Wednesday night when it visits DeSales University in the first round of the 2004 Eastern College Athletic Conference Division III Women's Southern Basketball Championship. Game time is 6:00 pm.
The No. 8 Bobcats (16-11) will be making their seventh appearance in the ECAC Championship, while the No. 1 Bulldogs (21-5) will be playing in the tournament for the sixth time.
Both teams have enjoyed great success in the ECACs; FSU won titles in 1984, 1986, 1988 and 1990 and also finished as the runners-up in 1987. DeSales won crowns in 1999 and 2002 and is 7-3 all-time in the ECAC Tournament.
The teams have met once in ECAC play, when DeSales (then known as Allentown) handed FSU a 61-50 loss in the first round of the 1995 tournament.
The Bobcats are looking to rebound from a hard-fought 66-64 loss to Pitt-Greensburg in the semifinals of the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference Tournament last Friday. UPG went on to a runner-up finish and earned a berth in the NCAA Division III Tournament.
FSU will turn to their strong frontcourt trio of junior Tracey Little (La Vale, Md./Allegany), sophomore Kelly True (Warfordsburg, Pa./Southern Fulton) and junior Jamie Cable (Brunswick, Md./Brunswick).
Little, who was named to the All-AMCC first team, leads the league in scoring (19.9), rebounding (11.3) and blocks (2.12). True, an honorable mention selection, averages 10.3 points and 9.4 rebounds, while Cable is adding 9.6 points and 5.7 rebounds.
Freshman guard Tracie George (Windber, Pa./Windber), who earned second-team All-AMCC honors, ranks first in the league in three-point shooting percentage (37.4), second in assists (4.04) and third in both scoring (13.4) and free throw percentage (79.6).
DeSales, which advanced to the Sweet 16 of the last year's NCAA Tournament, suffered a 58-41 loss to King’s College in the Freedom Conference semifinals Thursday, snapping a 12-game home winning streak. The Bulldogs shot a dismal 21.3 percent from the field.
Leading the attack for DeSales will be junior guard Alyssa Antolick (Bethlehem, Pa./Bethlehem Catholic), who was named the Freedom Conference Player of the Year. She averages a team-high 17.0 points per game and ranks among the national leaders in free throw percentage at 85.5 percent.
Senior guard Amy Yencho (Bethlehem, Pa./Liberty), an All-Freedom second team pick, also averages double digits at 12.6 points per game, while junior guard Jen Netwall (Allentown, Pa./William Allen) totals 8.4 points and 3.0 assists per game.
In Wednesday's other first-round games, No. 2 Lebanon Valley (20-5) hosts No. 7 Westminster (15-10), No. 3 King’s (19-8) hosts No. 6 Washington & Jefferson (18-8) and No. 4 Moravian (18-9) hosts No. 5 Catholic (21-6).
The winners of the four first-round games will advance to the tournament’s final four which will be held at the site of the tournament’s top remaining seed.
The semifinals are set for Saturday, March 6th, and the championship game will be played Sunday, March 7th.
For further information on this release, contact:
Office of Sports Information
Frostburg State University
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD 21532-2303