FROSTBURG, MD —
After two straight years of double-digit road defeats in the first round of the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference Tournament, the Frostburg State women's basketball team will hope for better results at home when it hosts Lake Erie in a first-round contest Wednesday night at Bobcat Arena beginning at 7:00 pm.
The Bobcats (11-14, 5-7), who wrapped up the No. 4 seed and the final AMCC first-round home playoff berth with a 64-48 win over La Roche last Saturday, defeated the Storm in convincing fashion, 80-61, February 1 in Frostburg behind 22 points and 10 rebounds from sophomore Tracey Little (La Vale, Md./Allegany).
Senior Kim Faust (Ambler, Pa./Upper Dublin) added 17 points and nine rebounds, while senior Holly Myers (York, Pa./West York) hit for 16 points and dished out six assists.
Faust and Myers would like nothing more than to finish their stellar careers the way they started them - with an AMCC Championship. The two were freshmen on FSU's 2000 squad that won the school's only league title.
That championship run started with an 88-59 first-round home victory over Lake Erie and ended with a 75-58 defeat of Penn State Behrend on the Lions' home court.
Behrend will host this year's semifinals and finals as well.
"Kim and Holly have tasted a conference title, and they'd like to get back to that," said FSU second-year head coach Jody Pepple.
With Little and Faust, the Bobcats have arguably the top inside tandem in the AMCC. Little is averaging 17.2 points and 10.2 rebounds per game, while Faust is adding 16.7 points and 8.0 caroms.
The duo is ranked 1-2 in the AMCC in scoring and has combined to produce nearly half of FSU's points this season.
"We call them 'Batman and Robin', our dynamic duo," said Pepple. "It's taken a while for them to get comfortable with each other, but they've become a tough combination to defend."
Add in Myers, who is averaging 11.1 points and leads the team with 53 three-pointers, and the Bobcats have a potent trio of scorers for opponents to handle.
"Our plan is to make Lake Erie stop the inside game and hope Holly, [senior guard] Christina [Bleivik] and [freshman guard/forward] Kelly [True] can hit some shots from the outside," explained Pepple.
While the Bobcats can certainly put points on the board - they rank second in the AMCC in scoring at 67.7 points per game - FSU will have to contend with Lake Erie sophomore forward Carletta Harrell as well as junior guard Danisha Garrison, who transferred from Division I Arkansas Pine-Bluff in January.
Harrell leads the Storm with 16.0 points and 8.2 rebounds per contest, while Garrison has averaged 14.4 points and 5.9 caroms in her 12 games with the team.
The Storm (7-18, 4-8) limp into the AMCC Tournament having lost seven of their last 10 contests and are just 2-10 on the road this season. Frostburg State is 7-4 at Bobcat Arena and has won six of its last 11.
Wednesday's winner will advance to the semifinals to face top-seeded Penn State Behrend (14-11, 10-2) on Friday at 6:00 pm. Other first-round action pits No. 2 Pitt-Greensburg against No. 7 La Roche and No. 3 Penn State Altoona against No. 6 Pitt-Bradford.
The championship game is set for Saturday at 3:00 pm.
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Office of Sports Information
Frostburg State University
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD 21532-2303