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Women's Basketball Drops Hard-Fought Championship Contest to William Smith in "Snowdown in Showtown" Tournament

FROSTBURG, MD — Junior Laura Hadwin scored a game-high 21 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to lead William Smith to a hard-fought 64-59 win over Frostburg State in the championship game of the 2002 FSU Showdown in Snowtown Tournament Saturday afternoon at Bobcat Arena.

In the consolation game, Washington (Md.) College downed Hilbert, 90-35, behind Liz Smith's 17 points and 15 rebounds. Katie Piringer added 16 points for Washington (5-5), while All-Tournament team selection Allyson Britton and Erin McMahan scored 14 apiece. Hilbert (1-9) was led by All-Tournament selection Amanda Smolarek, who had 17 points and 7 rebounds.

In the championship, William Smith (7-1) broke free of a narrow 9-6 lead with an 11-0 run to take a 14-point advantage at the midway point of the first half. The Herons held a 22-12 edge with 6:22 left in the opening stanza before Frostburg State used a 13-4 run over the next five minutes to pull to within one.

Junior Christina Bleivik (Houston, Pa./Bartlett) began the spurt with three free throws, and junior Holly Myers (York, Pa./West York) sank a three-pointer to cut the Heron lead to six.

After a William Smith basket, junior Kim Faust (Ambler, Pa./Upper Dublin) nailed a jumper and junior Tiffany Parker (Pasadena, Md./Northeast) followed with another three-pointer to bring FSU to within 26-23.

Faust, who led FSU with 16 points and 8 rebounds, hit two free throws with 1:59 remaining in the half, but the Herons scored the final four points of the opening stanza to take a 30-25 lead into intermission.

The teams battled through four ties in the first 10 minutes of the second half before William Smith opened a 47-39 lead with 7:53 left.

Parker, who finished with 12 points, then sparked an 8-2 Bobcat run with a pair of three-pointers to trim the Heron lead to just two, 49-47, but William Smith countered with an 8-0 spurt to move in front, 57-47, at the 4:25 mark.

The Bobcats (3-8) hung tough, though, as junior Jonee Jones (McConnellsburg, Pa./McConnellsburg) drained a three to begin a 7-0 run that brought FSU back to within three, 57-54. However, William Smith hit 6-of-10 from the foul line in the final 1:39 to pull out the win.

William Smith senior Leah Cornwell, who added 15 points and 12 rebounds, was named the Tournament's Most Valuable Player after posting 44 points and 25 rebounds in two contests. Easter finished with 12 points and 9 rebounds in the championship game.

Faust and Parker represented FSU on the All-Tournament Team.

The Bobcats return to action on Wednesday when they host Pitt-Greensburg in an Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference contest at 6 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