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Women's Basketball Can't Overcome Slow Start, Falls to Pitt-Greensburg

GREENSBURG, PA — Pitt-Greensburg outscored visiting Frostburg State, 19-2, over the first 8:11 of the contest and cruised to a 77-64 win Wednesday night at Chambers Hall Gym.

UPG improved to 9-4 overall and 3-0 in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference and sent FSU to its seventh straight loss. The Bobcats, who began the year 5-1, are now 5-8 overall and 0-2 in league play.

The host Bobcats took control early, hitting six of their first eight shots, while Frostburg State committed eight turnovers in the first 4:09.

Sophomore Tracey Little (LaVale, Md./Allegany) sank a jumper to make it a 6-2 contest at 18:31, but UPG went on a 13-0 run over the next five minutes to build a comfortable lead.

Pitt-Greensburg held a 21-4 advantage before FSU challenged with a 7-2 spurt to pull to within 12. Freshman Melanie Herget (Glen Burnie, Md./Old Mill) came off the bench to spark the run with a three-pointer and a jumper on consecutive possessions, but UPG quickly answered with five straight points to move back in front by 17, 28-11.

The hosts, who led 38-22 at the break, continued to add to their lead in the second half. Back-to-back lay-ups by Jessica Phillippi made it a 48-26 contest, and Abbey Cunningham's free throw gave UPG its largest lead of the night, 68-44, with 7:13 remaining.

The Bobcats tried to cut into the deficit and used a 15-2 run over the next 5:13 to close to within 70-59. Little scored seven of her game-high 20 points in the rally, but it was too little too late.

Little, who picked up three first-half fouls, added nine rebounds, four assists and three blocks in 29 minutes.

Senior Holly Myers (York, Pa./West York) added 18 points and three steals, while fellow senior Kim Faust (Ambler, Pa./Upper Dublin) had 14 points and seven rebounds.

FSU couldn't overcome 29 turnovers and 7-of-26 shooting from three-point range.

Erin Arnold led UPG with 19 points and seven rebounds, while Annie Sral (14), Phillippi (12) and Cunningham (10) each scored in double figures.

Frostburg State will host two-time defending conference champion Penn State Behrend on Saturday at 2:00 p.m.

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