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Veteran Women's Basketball Squad Shooting for AMCC Title, NCAA Tournament Berth

FROSTBURG, MD — The 2004-05 Frostburg State University women's basketball team is coming off its most successful season since the 1999-00 campaign by finishing 16-12 overall and 6-6 in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference.

The Bobcats finished the regular season in third place and advanced to the AMCC semifinals where they dropped a hard-fought 66-64 decision to Pitt-Greensburg.

Frostburg State was rewarded for its solid season by earning the No. 8 seed in the Eastern College Athletic Conference Southern Championship, its first postseason bid since making the NCAA Tournament in 1997, but fell to DeSales 92-56 in the opening round.

The taste of the postseason has this year’s squad hungry for more. Four returning starters and a strong supporting cast have the Bobcats and fourth-year Head Coach Jody Pepple aiming for the AMCC Tournament championship and the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

Senior forward and 2004 AMCC Preseason Player of the Year Tracey Little (La Vale, Md./Allegany) headlines a veteran squad. Little, who enters her fourth season as a starter, ranked 13th in NCAA Division III in scoring (20.3 ppg) and 16th in rebounding (11.2 rpg) last year.

She was FSU’s leading scorer in 20 games and paced the Bobcats in rebounding 16 times.

Little was named to All-AMCC first team, was selected to the All-Atlantic Region Third Team and collected her second straight ECAC All-Star Honorable Mention honor.

Junior forward Kelly True (Warfordsburg, Pa./Southern Fulton) was named to the All-AMCC honorable mention team after finishing second in the league in rebounding (9.2 rpg) and 10th in scoring (10.1 ppg).

She led the Bobcats in rebounding in 13 games, including a season-high 15 against Mount Aloysius.

Sophomore guard Tracie George (Windber, Pa./Windber) returns after earning second-team All-AMCC honors in her debut season.

She led the conference in three-point shooting percentage (.370), ranked second in assists per game (4.04) and was third in both scoring (13.4) and free throw percentage (79.6).

George broke the FSU single-game freshman scoring record with 32 points against Hood and posted a season-high 12 assists against Penn State Altoona.

“Even though we return our top three scorers, we have a solid cast around them that will help us make a run at the AMCC Championship,” said Pepple. “This team has the deepest bench since I’ve been here, and everyone will compete for playing time.”

The Bobcats also have six other returning players.

Sophomore guard Krystin Hargrove (Silver Spring, Md./Springbrook) started 11 games last season and averaged 7.5 points per game.

She is a solid defender with great speed who led the team with 62 steals in ‘03-’04. She had a tremendous off-season and will see plenty of playing time this year.

Junior guard Melanie Herget (Glen Burnie, Md./Old Mill) started 15 games last season and finished tied for second on the squad with 21 three-pointers. She is a deadly outside shooter with great touch who should compete for time at the shooting guard position.

Junior guard Joanie Herget (Glen Burnie, Md./Old Mill) played in 21 games as a sophomore, recording a season-high five points in wins over Gallaudet and D’Youville.

She is a good perimeter shooter who plays big against the zone defense and is stronger and quicker after a great offseason.

Senior forward Charlena Reeves (Oakland, Md./Southern Garrett) is a two-sport athlete who played for the FSU women’s tennis team in the fall.

She played in 20 games for Pepple’s squad last season and recorded season-highs in both points (9) and rebounds (9) against Penn State Altoona. Her solid mid-range jumper should help her compete for more playing time this season.

Senior forward Kenya Broadnax (Jessup, Md./Howard) had an incredible offseason and will be looked upon for her defense and rebounding.

She is fifth among returning players with 69 rebounds and grabbed eight boards against both D’Youville and Pitt-Bradford. She is a positive up-beat player who will add depth to the middle.

Junior center Ashley Mello (Joppa, Md./Edgewood) is the tallest member of the Frostburg State team and uses her size to create opportunities. She is looking for a break-through year after being injured much of the last two seasons.

Frostburg State has added five new talented players to its roster.

Freshman guard Amber Perry (Upper Marlboro, Md./Suitland) is a quick point guard who has great defensive skills. Her good vision and speed should equal playing time at the point guard position.

Redshirt-freshman guard Amanda Hernandez (Crofton, Md./Arundel) is a two-sport athlete who starts for the women’s volleyball team and will join Pepple’s squad at the conclusion of her fall season. She is deadly shooter who will push for starting time.

Freshman forward Amanda LaPorta (Westminster, Md./Westminster) adds depth to the four or five position with her solid inside presence.

Junior guard Stephanie Watts (Baltimore, Md./North County) joins the team from the Community College of Baltimore County-Catonsville and is a versatile player who can play multiple positions. She is a verbal leader who will compete for time at the guard positions.

Junior forward Holly Steinacker (Eldersburg, Md./Liberty) is a transfer from Frederick Community College. She is an unselfish small forward who rebounds the ball well.

“With almost our entire starting lineup back, the newcomers will push the starters to play harder,” said Pepple.

The addition of three new teams to the AMCC has brought with it a new schedule format that will have the Bobcats playing back-to-back games on Friday and Saturday throughout the conference season instead of the previous Wednesday-Saturday schedule.

Frostburg State was picked to finish second in the AMCC behind defending champion Penn State Behrend and ahead of runner-up Pitt-Greensburg, which edged FSU 66-64 in last year’s conference semifinals.

A tough non-conference schedule features No. 7 Scranton and NCAA Tournament participant Bethany as well as Lycoming, Delaware Valley, Mary Washington, Villa Julie and Moravian.

“Our conference schedule is going to be tough with the top four teams pretty much unchanged from last season. Our schedule before Christmas is as tough as we’ve seen and we will prove what we are made of early on,” added Pepple.

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