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Frostburg State to Host Second Annual Jim Crawley Classic this Weekend

FROSTBURG, MD — The Frostburg State women's basketball team will kick off 2004 by hosting the Second Annual Jim Crawley Classic Friday and Saturday at Bobcat Arena.

Westminster and New Jersey City will meet Friday at 6, and Frostburg State will take on Waynesburg at 8.

The action continues Saturday as Waynesburg and New Jersey City square off at 2 followed by Westminster and Frostburg State at 4.

The Classic honors former FSU head coach Jim Crawley, who guided the Bobcat women's basketball program to a stellar 406-188 record from 1978 to 2001.

The Bobcats enjoyed 20 straight winning seasons under Crawley, recording 18 or more wins 13 times and 20 or more wins eight times.

Crawley guided FSU to five NCAA Tournaments, including two Sweet 16 appearances, and seven ECAC Championships, including four South Region titles.

Frostburg State (6-3) is off to its best start since opening 7-2 in 1997-98. The Bobcats split their first four games but have won four of their last five, including an 80-72 victory against Mount Aloysius in their last outing December 9.

Junior forward Tracey Little (La Vale, Md./Allegany) has been the driving force behind FSU's success, averaging 20.0 points and 11.0 rebounds per game. She has also blocked a team-high 17 shots.

The 6-0 All-America candidate has five double-doubles this year, including a 25-point, 15-rebound effort versus Mount Aloysius. She has been FSU's top scorer in eight of nine games this year.

After missing four games with an ankle injury, freshman guard Tracie George (Windber, Pa./Windber) has been strong, averaging 14.5 points and 4.0 rebounds in FSU's last four contests.

Junior forward Jamie Cable (Brunswick, Md./Brunswick) is averaging 8.8 points and 5.9 rebounds on the year, while sophomore forward Kelly True (Warfordsburg, Pa./Southern Fulton) is adding 8.7 points and 9.4 rebounds per contest.

Waynesburg (4-3) looks to get back on track after having its four-game winning streak snapped with a 73-60 decision to Pitt-Greensburg December 13.

Sophomore guard Candice Eyerman leads the Yellow Jackets in scoring with 14.4 points, and she is adding 5.3 rebounds per game and a team-high 28 three-pointers.

Sophomore guard/forward Trista Murphy is averaging 10.9 points and 4.7 rebounds and is another long-range threat, having drained 19-of-44 (43.2) from beyond the arc. Junior forward Michelle Collins is adding 7.9 points and a team-best 9.0 rebounds per game.

New Jersey City (3-4) hopes to take some momentum from its 58-53 win over St. Joseph's (N.Y.) in its last outing December 14.

The Gothic Knights are led by junior guard Erika Cubile, who is averaging 10.9 points and 2.3 rebounds per game. Sophomore guard Latrese McNair is adding 8.4 points and is tied for the team lead with 20 steals, while sophomore Megan Kabba is averaging 7.7 points and a team-best 7.7 rebounds per outing.

Westminster (5-4) brings a three-game winning streak to Frostburg after a 59-42 victory over Carnegie Mellon Tuesday.

Junior forward Erica Tallo leads the Titans with 13.1 points and 11.8 rebounds per game and has also blocked 11 shots. Freshman guard Desiree Sterling is averaging 10.4 points and 4.3 rebounds, while junior guard Alyson Gasper is adding 8.2 points and 5.2 rebounds and leads the team with 43 assists and 26 steals.

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