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It's Bobcats vs. Bobcats for AMCC Women's Basketball Title, NCAA Tournament Bid

FROSTBURG, Md. — Top-seeded Frostburg State downed No. 4 Penn State Behrend 63-53 while second-seeded Pitt-Greensburg edged third-seeded Medaille 72-70 in the semifinals of the 2005 AMCC Women's Basketball Tournament Friday night at Bobcat Arena.

FSU and UPG advance to tomorrow's championship game at 3 pm with the winner receiving the league's first-ever automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament.

The championship tips off Saturday at 3 pm and can be heard live on The pregame show begins at 2:45 pm.

Senior Tracey Little (La Vale, Md./Allegany) scored a game-high 21 points and sophomore Tracie George (Windber, Pa./Windber) added 15 to help top-seeded Frostburg State to a 63-53 win over fourth-seeded Penn State Behrend in the semifinals of the 2005 Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference Women’s Basketball Tournament Friday night at Bobcat Arena.

The Bobcats advance to the AMCC championship game for just the second time in the league’s eight-year history. FSU won the title in the 1999-2000 season.

Frostburg State improved to 20-6 overall with the victory, its eighth 20-win season in school history and first since 1996-97 when it finished 23-3 and received an at-large berth in the NCAA Tournament.

In a match-up of Behrend’s AMCC-leading scoring defense (52.0 ppg) and FSU’s second-ranked offense (73.5 ppg), it was the Lions who had their way throughout much of the contest.

The visitors held a 36-35 edge with 12:07 remaining before FSU went on an 11-0 run over the next three minutes.

George and junior Stephanie Watts (Baltimore, Md./North County) hit back-to-back jumpers to start the rally before sophomore Krystin Hargrove (Silver Spring, Md./Springbrook) followed with consecutive layups.

Little then grabbed an offensive rebound off a missed free throw and sank a three-pointer to give FSU a 49-39 cushion with 9:09 left.

The Lions (17-10) would not go quietly, eventually cutting their deficit to 52-48 with 4:03 to play. Little then sank a pair of free throws and Hargrove hit a jumper to push FSU’s lead back to seven, 56-49, at the 3:07 mark.

Penn State Behrend continued to make things interesting down the stretch, closing to within 56-53 with just under two minutes left behind a pair of free throws by Brittany Mays and a layup by Amber Krumpe.

However, Little sank a key hook shot from the baseline to push the Bobcat lead to 58-53, and George went 5-of-6 from the free throw line in the final minute to seal the victory, FSU’s third over the Lions this year.

Both teams struggled to find their rhythm to open the game, with Penn State Behrend holding an 11-8 edge midway through the first half.

Bambi Lewis hit a three-pointer to give the Lions a 14-8 cushion at the 7:43 mark, but George made a three-pointer and a layup and junior Holly Steinacker (Eldersburg, Md./Liberty (Frederick Community College)) added a basket to put FSU ahead 15-14.

Three lead changes and two ties followed before Watts and Little made consecutive layups to give the Bobcats a 24-20 lead. Tenesha Aden then hit a jumper to end the first-half scoring as FSU held a slight 24-22 edge at the break.

FSU hit 11-of-25 (44.0) from the floor in the first half, while Penn State Behrend made just 9-of-23 (39.1) shots in the opening frame.

Watts had another solid all-around game for the Bobcats with eight points, eights rebounds, six assists and four steals.

Krumpe led Penn State Behrend with 16 points and nine rebounds. Aden added 13 points, seven rebounds and five assists.

Tiffany Menhorn scored a career-high 26 points and Tish Hines recorded her 10th double-double of the season with 14 points and 12 rebounds as second-seeded Pitt-Greensburg slipped past third-seeded Medaille 72-70 in the semifinals of the 2005 Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference Women’s Basketball Tournament Friday night at Frostburg State University’s Bobcat Arena.

Pitt-Greensburg (19-7) advances to the league’s title game for the fourth straight year where it will face top-seeded Frostburg State, a 63-53 winner over No. 4 Penn State Behrend in Friday’s first semifinal tilt.

UPG and FSU split their two regular-season meetings. Frostburg State claimed a 66-58 win at Bobcat Arena January 23, and Pitt-Greensburg countered with a 95-93 overtime win at home in the regular-season finale for both squads February 19.

After a first half that featured long scoring runs by both squads, the teams settled into a tight struggle in the final 20 minutes.

The lead changed hands nine times and the game was tied five more occasions before Amy Bandzuch hit back-to-back jumpers with just over four minutes left to put Pitt-Greensburg ahead for good, 69-66.

Menhorn then made a layup with 2:26 remaining to give the Bobcats a 71-66 cushion, but Amanda Walling sank two free throws and Rachel Conti added a layup to pull Medaille to within one, 71-70, with 1:18 to play.

The Mavericks, who ended the season 20-6 and set a school record for most victories in a single season by any team in school history, missed a layup and a three-pointer in the final minute but still had a final opportunity after two missed free throws by the Bobcats.

Teya Minor hit one-of-two free throws with four seconds left to give UPG a 72-70 lead, and Medaille had one last chance but could not get a shot off before the final buzzer.

Medaille opened a 10-3 lead after the first five minutes of the game behind five points each from Marisa Clark and Walling. Pitt-Greensburg used a 6-1 run to pull to within two, 11-9, but the Mavericks went on a 9-0 spurt to open a 23-11 advantage midway through the period.

The veteran Bobcats regrouped and stormed right back, scoring 17 unanswered points over the next eight minutes to move in front 28-23. Jess Phillippi had six points and Menhorn four in the outburst.

Medaille, which starts four freshmen and has nine first-year players on its roster, missed eleven straight shots and committed six turnovers in that span before breaking its scoreless streak with two free throws by Lauren Smith to make it a 28-25 contest with 2:07 left in the first half.

Clark closed out the scoring in the opening frame with a free throw to trim Pitt-Greensburg’s lead to 32-28 at intermission.

The victory was UPG head coach Carol Gelet’s 100th at the helm of the Bobcat program.

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