Women's Basketball Wins AMCC Championship, Earns Automatic Bid to NCAA Tournament
FROSTBURG, Md. -
It was the Tracey and Tracie show at Frostburg State University Saturday afternoon as the top-seeded Bobcats downed second-seeded Pitt-Greensburg 81-62 to win the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference Women’s Basketball Tournament championship.
With the win, Frostburg State (21-6) earns the league’s first-ever automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. It will be FSU’s sixth NCAA Tournament appearance and first since 1997.
The full bracket of 50 selections will be announced by the NCAA late Sunday night.
Senior Tracey Little (LaVale, Md./Allegany) scored 24 points and tied her season high with 17 rebounds, while sophomore Tracie George (Windber, Pa./Windber) scored a season-high 24 points on the strength of 6-of-11 shooting from three-point range. She also dished out eight assists and added four steals.
Little moved into fourth place on the FSU all-time scoring list with 1,626 points, just ahead of Kim Faust’s mark of 1,624 set from 1999-2003. Little is 37 points away from third-place Shannon Rexrode, who scored 1,661 points from 1996-2000.
FSU tied a school record with 11 three-pointers on 23 attempts and also hit 14-of-19 from the free-throw line in capturing their second AMCC title in school history. The Bobcats won the crown in 2000.
Pitt-Greensburg (19-8), which was appearing its fourth straight AMCC title contest, held a 35-34 lead at halftime but junior Kelly True (Warfordsburg, Pa./Southern Fulton) put Frostburg State ahead for good with a layup 1:35 into the second stanza.
George then hit the first of her five second-half three-pointers and junior Stephanie Watts (Baltimore, Md./North County) followed with another three to make it a 42-37 advantage.
Tiffany Menhorn pulled Pitt-Greensburg to within three, 45-42, with a layup at the 12:55 mark before Little and George combined for FSU’s next eight points to give the hosts a 53-44 lead at the midway point.
Teya Minor made a layup and Menhorn followed with a layup and three-pointer to quickly bring Pitt-Greensburg to within 53-51 with 8:00 remaining.
However, Frostburg State used a 9-0 run to open a 62-51 cushion to take control. George and junior Ashley Mello (Joppa, Md./Edgewood) grabbed offensive rebounds and followed with buckets to start the spurt. Little followed with a layup before George and sophomore Krystin Hargrove (Silver Spring, Md./Springbrook) drained three-pointers.
Tiara Bennett sank three straight free throws as UPG closed its gap back to eight, 65-57, with 4:11 remaining, but George nailed two more three-pointers and Little made a layup to help FSU take a 73-60 advantage with 2:48 to go.
Frostburg State finished things off from the free-throw line, hitting 7-of-9 from the stripe in the final 1:36.
FSU held a slight 8-6 lead in the opening moments of the game before going on a 13-2 run to build a 21-8 cushion at the 11:27 mark.
Pitt-Greensburg wasn’t fazed, and Menhorn came off the bench to score six of her 19 points as the visitors eventually pulled to within 27-22.
True sank two free throws and Hargrove followed with a three-pointer to give FSU a 32-22 lead, but UPG outscored FSU 13-2 over the final 4:03 to take a one-point lead at the break.
Hargrove finished with 13 points, while Watts added 10 points, nine rebounds, six assists and three steals.
Minor tied Menhorn for top scoring honors for UPG with 19 points. Hines had 12 points and 12 rebounds.
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