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It's "Bobcats vs. Bobcats" In AMCC Semifinals

FROSTBURG, MD — Both the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference men's and women's basketball tournament will feature the Bobcats versus the Bobcats when Frostburg State takes on Pitt-Greensburg in the conference semifinals Friday at Penn State Behrend College in Erie, Pa.

On the women's side, No. 3 Frostburg State (16-10, 6-6 AMCC) and No. 2 Pitt-Greensburg (21-5, 10-2) will meet for the third time this season in Friday's second semifinal 3:00 pm.

No. 1 Penn State Behrend (20-5, 11-1) and No. 4 Pitt-Bradford (11-15, 5-7) square off in the other semifinal at 1:00 pm.

Both FSU and UPG had little trouble in the first round Wednesday night. FSU downed No. 6 Penn State Altoona 83-63, while UPG pounded No. 7 Lake Erie 105-48, setting a school single-game scoring record in the process.

FSU and UPG split their two regular-season meetings; FSU posted an 82-60 win in Frostburg January 14, and UPG returned the favor with an 86-74 home victory February 11.

The game will feature two of the top players in the AMCC.

FSU junior forward Tracey Little tops the league in scoring (19.7), rebounding (11.0) and blocks (2.16), and she is fourth in field goal percentage (48.3) and sixth in free throw percentage (75.7).

Little scored a career-high 33 points and added a game-high 13 rebounds in the first-round win over Penn State Altoona.

UPG senior guard Annie Sral is first in steals (3.46), second in scoring (18.5), seventh in field goal percentage (45.2) and 11th in assists (2.38). Sral had 18 points, five rebounds and five steals in UPG's first-round blowout victory.

Both squads have exellent supporting casts as well. FSU features freshman guard Tracie George (14.0 ppg, 3.8 apg, league-leading 40.7 3pt%), sophomore forward Kelly True (10.2 ppg, 9.4 rpg) and junior forward Jamie Cable (9.6 ppg, 5.8 rpg).

UPG has senior guard Torey Auld (9.6 ppg, 3.7 rpg), sophomore guard Tish Hines (11.9 ppg, 8.6 rpg) and sophomore forward Jess Phillippi (8.2 ppg, 4.6 rpg).

UPG leads the league in scoring (75.2 ppg), assists (18.1 apg) and steals (8.8), while FSU is first in both rebounding offense (45.1 rpg) and blocks (4.56 bpg) and second in scoring (72.0 ppg).

The same two schools will meet in the second men's semifinal at 8:00 pm.

No. 1 Penn State Behrend (21-2, 11-1) and No. 4 La Roche (12-14, 5-7) will tangle at 6:00 pm.

As with the women, the FSU and UPG men split their two regular-season games. FSU claimed a hard-fought 82-79 home win January 14, and UPG pulled out a 65-60 win on its home court February 11.

FSU (14-12, 6-6) takes a three-game winning streak into the contest and looks to advance to the AMCC title game for the third time in four seasons.

FSU won the championship in 2001 and dropped a 102-99 overtime decision to Pitt-Bradford the following year.

FSU is led by senior co-captains Myro Small (13.3 ppg, 5.2 rpg) and Ryan Grabill (12.7, 4.7). The two scored 22 points each in a 67-66 first-round win over Lake Erie Wednesday night.

Sophomore Dan Ryley (9.8, 5.4) and freshman Antione McCall (7.3, 3.9) give FSU additional scoring options inside.

UPG (14-12, 7-5) held off Penn State Altoona 74-69 in the first round for its seventh win in its last eight games.

UPG seeks its third trip to the AMCC championship game, having won back-to-back titles in 1999 and 2000.

Junior Kevin Conlon (17.1, 4.7) and senior Isiah Blanciak (10.2, 2.5) pace UPG, while senior Scott Winfrey (8.2, 3.5) and sophomore Clint Mullen (8.5, 4.0) add to the team's league-leading scoring offense (79.5 ppg).

The women's championship game will be played Saturday at 1:00 pm, with the men's title contest to follow at 3:00 pm.

Both games will be played at Penn State Behrend.

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