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Faust Powers Women's Basketball to League -Opening Win

FROSTBURG, MD — Junior Kim Faust (Ambler, Pa./Upper Dublin) scored 26 points and grabbed a career-high 22 rebounds, and junior Holly Myers (York, Pa./West York) became the school's all-time leading three-point shooter as Frostburg State defeated Lake Erie, 68-57, in its Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference opener Saturday afternoon at Bobcat Arena.

The Bobcats (2-7, 1-0 AMCC) started out slowly, falling behind 7-1 after five minutes of play, before slowly pulling even at 14 at the halfway point behind a 7-0 run.

Faust opened the spurt with a mid-range jumper before Myers sank her 87th career three-pointer to move past Kara Reed for the school all-time record. Faust added another basket off an assist from Myers to tie the contest.

Lake Erie (1-7, 0-2) remained close the rest of the half, and sophomore Melissa Ballentine's jumper made it a 30-25 Bobcat lead heading into halftime.

Myers drained her second trey of the game to give FSU a 37-31 led with 15:58 to play, but Lake Erie freshman Shey Morris knocked down a jumper and assisted on a three-pointer by Phylicia Chiappone to bring the Storm to within one, 37-36, just over a minute later.

The Bobcats later held a slim 42-40 lead before blowing the game open with a 13-3 run over the next 4:40. The Storm missed all five of their shots from the field and committed three turnovers in the stretch.

FSU's advantage grew to as many as 16, 63-47, with 4:07 remaining, but Lake Erie made on final charge, as Ballentine scored eight straight points to pull her team to within eight, 63-55, with just over two minutes to play.

However, Bobcat junior Naomi Mason (Hagerstown, Md./North Hagerstown) drained a three-pointer with the shot clock winding down and 1:16 left in the game to seal the victory.

Senior Donita Valentine (Laurel, Md./Meade) finished with a season-high 16 points and seven rebounds, while Myers added nine points and a game-high five assists.

Frostburg State is off until January 4-5, when they host the FSU Invitational. The first day's action begins when William Smith takes on Washington (Md.) at 6, and the Bobcats will face Waynesburg at 8.

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