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Women's Basketball to Open Season in Tough Wilmington Tournament
11/20/2003

WILMINGTON, OH - The Frostburg State women's basketball team kicks off the 2003-04 season in The 11th Annual Damon’s/Wilmington Inn Tip-Off Tournament hosted by Wilmington College Friday and Saturday.

Host Wilmington will take on Thomas More Friday at 6, while the Bobcats will face Methodist at 8. The action continues Saturday with the consolation game at 2 and the championship contest at 4.

Frostburg State looks to build upon last year's 12-15 finish behind junior forward Tracey Little (La Vale, Md./Allegany), the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference Pre-Season Player of the Year and a Pre-Season All-America selection by Women's DIII News.

Little took home AMCC Player of the Year honors last season after leading the league with 16.9 points and 10.0 rebounds per game.

Other key returners include sophomore forward Kelly True (Warfordsburg, Pa./Southern Fulton), who averaged 5.9 points and 4.9 rebounds per game last season, and sophomore center Ashley Mello (Edgewood, Md./Edgewood), who put up 4.3 points and 4.2 rebounds per contest.

A host of newcomers look to have an immediate impact, including forward Jamie Cable (Brunswick, Md./Brunswick), who transferred from Division II powerhouse Shippensburg University.

Methodist (19-10 in 2002-03) enters the season having made back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances. The Monarchs, who are receiving votes in the latest D3hoops.com poll, return five of their top six scorers from last year, including senior guards Stacey Holland (12.4 ppg) and Jennifer Dollyhigh (10.5).

Senior center Megan Coe brings her 7.0 points and 8.3 rebounds per game to the table, while junior guard Christen Snyder (4.5) and senior forward Allison Compton (4.0) are also back.

Thomas More (14-11 last season) looks to avenge a 90-51 defeat to Wilmington in last year's tournament championship game, but will be doing so without 2003 leading scorer Holly Roberts (17.5 ppg).

The Saints do return their next three top scorers, led by senior guard Joanna Bess’s 9.9 points and 4.0 assists per game. Junior forward Carrie Clift averaged 9.4 points and 6.8 rebounds, while senior guard Jodi Schroeder and junior guards Allison Byars bring their 7.8 and 5.0 scoring averages back.

Host Wilmington (26-3 last season) is ranked No. 9 in the D3hoops.com Pre-Season Poll and is coming off back-to-back NCAA Sweet 16 appearances.

The Lady Monarchs, who have advanced to the championship game of their tournament all 11 years and have won the title eight times, will have to overcome the loss of Kodak All-American Megan Woodruff (17.7 ppg, 7.2 apg ) to graduation, but the cupboard is hardly bare.

Wilmington returns D3hoops.com pre-season first-team All-American and defending OAC Player of the Year Tara Rausch (19.5 ppg and 8.9 rpg), while guard Amy Kincer (10.3 ppg) and forward Siobhan Zerilla (10.1 ppg, conference-record 13.1 rpg) add to a potent attack.

For further information on this release, contact:

Office of Sports Information
Frostburg State University
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD  21532-2303

Telephone: 301-687-4371
Fax: 301-687-4780
E-mail: sportsinfo@frostburg.edu